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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
IN-26: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Bill Brown
Director of Sustainability
Office of sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Sustainability Innovation Fund - STARS Enhancement and Common Ground Experiment

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

To advance the 2020 Transitions Lab (IU’s name for its sustainability living learning lab) and support the Sustainability Working Groups as they work to make IU a leader in campus sustainability, the Provost has allocated $50,000 per year for the next three years to launch the new IU Sustainability Innovation Fund.

The Innovation Fund supports IU Bicentennial Strategic Plan Priority Three, “Catalyzing Research,” offering “support for innovative campus living laboratory initiatives that provide opportunities to integrate campus operations, faculty and student research, education, student life, and community engagement to applied, solutions-oriented sustainability research.”

The fund offers an exciting opportunity to build and leverage existing IUOS Working Group capacities to generate productive operations-academics solutions for sustainability, all while welcoming new campus collaborators to participate.

Through a competitive process, the Innovation Fund will catalyze campus efforts that fulfill the following goals:
-Leverage Working Group structure to create and fund at least one major innovation per year that measurably advances campus sustainability by using campus as a lab.
Improve IUB’s score in at least one category of the AASHE STARS metric.
-Provide high-impact learning experiences for students.
-Make measurable progress towards one or more Bicentennial Strategic Plan goals.
-Generate success stories to publish in university and public media to create opportunities for sustainability advancement and donor opportunities.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Research
Campus Engagement

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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This fund is designed to enhance our STARS performance, support Indiana University's Bicentennial Strategic Plan goals, offer high-impact learning for students, enhance communication between our adaptive operating and hierarchical operating systems (as a Common Ground experiment), and energize our working groups with faculty-operations collaboration.

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.