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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
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Indiana University Bloomington
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Andrew Predmore
Associate Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at students and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability? :
Yes

Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at employees and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Name of the campaign:
Indiana University Energy Challenge

A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged:

Over the course of the three week competition, participating residence halls, Greek houses, and academic and administrative buildings compete to reduce their electricity and water consumption. The program has grown over time and now includes 15 academic and administrative buildings, all major residence halls, and virtually all Greek chapters housed on campus. In 2017, IU Athletics facilities will be added to the Challenge for the first time.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:

The Energy Challenge has resulted in savings of 328,495 gallons of water and 109,197 kWh of electricity in Fall 2016 alone.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Green Teams

A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged (2nd campaign):

A Green Team is an informal group of faculty, staff, and students in a particular campus unit who work collectively to promote environmentally, socially, and economically friendly practices within that unit. Getting involved with a Green Team is a great way for members of the Indiana University community to reduce the environmental impacts of their office while also helping Indiana University become a more sustainable institution!


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):

Green Teams can have their offices certified at four different levels of sustainability (seed, sprout, sapling, and tree). Each level is attained by the completion of a checklist, which requires that at least 75% of the items on the list are pursued, including any innovation credits. These criteria reduce energy use and increase the sustainability of the office by reducing paper use and increasing recycling rates. Green Teams have initiated a number of activities within their buildings with positive results. One recent example is the IU Art Museum which applied for, and received, funding to install solar panels to offset the use of electricity for its iconic outdoor "light totem."


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (2nd campaign):
A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns, including measured positive impacts:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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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.