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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.01
Liaison Andrew Predmore
Submission Date March 2, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Indiana University Bloomington
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Kristin Brethova
Assistant Director of Sustainability
IU Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website (optional):

The Office of Sustainability's website features current events and information related to sustainability initiatives, programs, and opportunities both on and off campus. The website has links to resources, various sustainability topics, upcoming events, and intern work and research.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Catalyst newsletter was first published in 2010 by the Office of Sustainability. The monthly digital newsletter highlights current projects and accomplishments relating to sustainability, and includes news articles, past and upcoming events, features on individual student interns/projects, and a note from the sustainability director.

The weekly "This Week in Sustainability" newsletter features a variety of sustainability related events, both on campus and in the community.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:

IU Office of Sustainability has a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/iusustain) and Twitter account (@IUSustain). IU's primary student blog, We Are IU, has a section devoted to sustainability (www.weareiu.com/blog/sustainability) and The Iu Office of Sustainability maintains a blog as well: (https://iusustain.wordpress.com/)
The IU Student Sustainability Council
(https://www.facebook.com/iubssc/) and the IU Energy Challenge (https://www.facebook.com/IU-Energy-Challenge-299964567292/?fref=ts) also have their own social media presence.


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat?:
Yes

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

The Indiana Daily Student has an environmental and agricultural news beat reporter and the paper publishes articles with a sustainability theme quite regularly.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
Does the institution produce a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The Sustainability Internship Symposia feature the research and program development projects of IU Bloomington's sustainability interns. The event typically features three sustainability internship presentations, a poster session featuring work from each of the 16 to 18 interns, and lunch featuring local food. There is no cost to attend.

Symposia are held twice annually - once in April, and once in August, and have expanded to include research posters created by recipients of the Sustainability Research Development Grants, as well as the work of the 2020 Sustainability Scholars, in addition to those of sustainability interns.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

The Union Street Center (Cedar Hall) has a large sign detailing the green building features of the building designed (which was designed to LEED Silver standards). The Indiana Memorial Union also features signage about ongoing efforts to improve sustainability in operations and maintenance of the existing building.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

Residential Program dining, as well as vending machine dining, visually distinguish vegan, local, and REAL food items, as identified by the REAL food challenge. Campus vending utilizes a red light, yellow light, green light visual label that communicates healthier "on the go" choices. Finally, Residential Program Dining regularly offers "Meatless Monday" meals and provides literature to students on the health and environmental benefits of choosing meat-free entrees. Similarly, the Indiana Memorial Union holds a "Eat Vegan For Lunch" campaign yearly that highlights the benefits of eating vegan for the environment and for public health.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
No

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

IU Bloomington is a beautiful, pedestrian-friendly campus, enticing many visitors, students, and employees to enjoy the scenery on foot. What's more, commuting to and around campus by foot is a healthy, reliable, and free form of transportation. The self-guided campus walking tour features six major areas of the town. This highlights the natural beauty of the Bloomington campus while describing important ecosystem functions occurring in various areas.

Indiana University also provides walking distance times to/from certain locations, local walking events, a Gmaps pedometer, and Bloomington walking trails.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:

The alternative transportation section of Parking Operations at Indiana University lists bicycling, walking, public transportation, Hoosier Commuter Club, carpool, vanpool, telecommuting, Zipcar, Zimride as alternatives.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

The bicycling at IU page has a number of resources for those wishing to travel by bicycle, such as information on where to park bikes, places to buy and repair bikes, how to register your bike with IU, Indiana bicycle laws, and much more.

The walking at IU page lists walking resources including a Bloomington Parks and Recreation trail guide, other walking trails guides, a self-guided campus walking tour map, local walking events, and estimates of the amount of time it will take to walk between various campus locations. Resources available at http://parking.indiana.edu/parking_operations/alt_walking.aspx.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The Office of Sustainability has a sustainable students guide through their website. Features include information about energy usage, environmental quality, alternative transportation, recycling, water conservation, sustainable food, green cleaning, educational opportunities, and getting involved.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
No

A brief description of these materials or publications:
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The website URL for these materials or publications:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.