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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
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.75 / 4.00 Bill Brown
Director of Sustainability
Office of sustainability
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

Indiana University's 2014 Strategic Plan addresses sustainability as one of its core values, which are stated as follows:
"Indiana University is committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity. In pursuing all aspects of the university’s mission, the members of the Indiana University community are dedicated to advancing these core values: Excellence and innovation; Discovery and the search for truth; Diversity of community and ideas; Respect for the dignity of others; Academic and personal integrity; Academic freedom; Sustainability, stewardship and accountability for the natural, human, and economic resources and relationships entrusted to IU; Sharing knowledge in a learning environment; Application of knowledge and discovery to advance the quality of life and economy of the state, region, and the world; Service as an institution of higher learning to Indiana, the nation, and the world."

From the Bicentennial Strategic Plan

“Core Values”(Core value #7 of 10) Sustainability, stewardship and accountability for the natural, human, and economic resources and relationships entrusted to IU.

Bicentennial Priority 3: Catalyzing Research
Bicentennial Continuing Priorities: Support 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.

Bicentennial Priority 8. Building for Excellence
IU has also become a leader in high-­­quality environmentally conscious design, and leads the Big Ten in LEED-­­certified green buildings with twelve certified to date, including four at the gold level (platinum is the highest certification). This strategy pays dividends for the life of each building in terms of occupant health and productivity, resource efficiency, life cycle cost savings and retention of human capital.

Bicentennial Action Item #3
3. IU will implement plans to solidify IU’s Focus on efficient and environmentally conscious campus design and operation by:
a. Completing and implementing pedestrian, transportation, and bicycle sub-master plans on each campus.
b. Certifying all major new buildings with the LEED Green Building Certification System and elevate the minimum certification level to Gold.
c. Continuing to explore and research a variety of energy and utility supply and delivery options that reflect changes in economies, demand, and climate variables.
d. Achieving the goals for energy efficiency and emissions reductions called for in the Campus Master Plan and the Integrated Energy Master Plan for the IU Bloomington campus; expand that analysis to all campuses.
e. Increasing energy and utility system efficiency while reducing demand and consumption.Continuing PrioritiesGive special emphasis on all campuses to improving traffic flow, making them more “pedestrian and bicycle friendly,” and to improvingparking and alternative modes of transportation for students, faculty, and staff.

Expand efforts to make all IU campuses more energy efficient and sustainable.


A copy of the strategic plan:
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The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the sustainability plan:
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The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

A copy of the climate action plan:
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The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
Yes

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):

Campus Master Plan
masterplan.indiana.edu/iub/IUB_Master_Plan.pdf
IU Bloomington Bicycle Master Plan
www.iu.edu/~vpcpf/img/master-plans/IUB-Bicycle-Master-Plan.pdf
Integrated Energy Master Plan
www.indiana.edu/~sustain/resources/docs/integrated-energy-master-plan.pdf
Transportation Demand Management Plan
www.indiana.edu/~sustain/resources/.../transportation-demand-management-study.pdf
IU Strategic Plan for Information Technology
http://ep.iu.edu/


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The creation of the Sustainability Studies major. (https://strategicplan.iu.edu/)
Incorporating literacy on environmental and sustainability issues into the educational program of all undergraduate students.

The Campus Sustainability Report (http://www.indiana.edu/~sustain/resources/guiding-docs-campus-sustainability.php ) called for the following measurable objectives:

Support program development to offer new student learning opportunities in areas related to sustainability, including (1) a program for hiring new faculty in order to expand and enrich our research and teaching strengths in the area of sustainability; (2) a faculty development program that encourages faculty to infuse sustainability into their teaching; (3) incorporating literacy on environmental and sustainability issues into the educational program of all undergraduate students; (4) an undergraduate "Area Certificate" in sustainability, comparable to those offered at many of our peer institutions; (5) a fellowship program to fund graduate and post-doctoral students in areas related to sustainability; (6) an interdisciplinary Ph.D. Minor in Sustainability; and (7) a student sustainability scholarship award for exemplary undergraduate and graduate research that focuses on sustainability.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The creation of the Integrated Program in the Environment and an increase in sustainability research.

Continuing Priorities (https://strategicplan.iu.edu/)

Support 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.

A formal sustainability living laboratory was established called The 2020 Transitions Lab and hundreds of students have already been involved.

Over $150,000 in student sustainability research grants have been distributed as part of the 2020 Transitions Lab.

Addressing Grand Challenges

Research and scholarship fundamentally rely on the inventiveness, innovation, and creativity of the individual investigator or scholar, yet research has become increasingly multidisciplinary and based on teams of investigators. The funding of research across the humanities and social and natural sciences has shifted in the direction of team-based research focused on major and large-scale problems, and away from the solitary investigator. These major and large-scale problems—often called grand challenges—are chosen because of their potential to advance a discipline or address some major problems of humanity and because they can only be addressed by multidisciplinary teams of the best researchers.

The first Grand Challenge award winning proposal was Precision Medicine.

The Campus Sustainability Report (http://www.indiana.edu/~sustain/resources/guiding-docs-campus-sustainability.php ) called for the following measurable objectives:

Develop new mechanisms to support sustainability-related research, including (1) interdepart- mental and cross-school affiliations among faculty who conduct research related to sustainability; (2) mechanisms to assist faculty in obtaining external funding; (3) incentives to foster interdisciplinary research collaborations; (4) a program of high-profile external speakers and a colloquium series for local speakers; (5) mentoring of junior faculty to support interdisciplinary and transformational research; (6) an interdisciplinary center that could support formal graduate programs and Ph.D. minors in sustainability; and (7) seed funding to support interdisciplinary sustainability-related research.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

https://strategicplan.iu.edu/plan/engagement.html

Enhance on-campus experience and cocurricular opportunities to attract the best students for every campus through:
Development of the iGPS advising support system
MyStudentInvolvement
Student fitness and wellness centers
On-campus employment opportunities
Assure a diverse student body that reflects a range of demographics, backgrounds, experiences, viewpoints, and perspectives; provide robust support for historically underrepresented students, first-generation students, and returning veterans to enhance retention and completion.

Support 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.

As part of General Education Requirements and Goals (http://gened.indiana.edu/Students/requirements.html ), every department sets requirements and goals for Enriching Educational Experiences for 100% of students. These experiences may or may not be linked to specific courses. Each academic program should set forth the accepted options for fulfilling this shared goal. IUB recognizes the value of different types of enriching educational activities, such as a service-learning course, internship, community service and community-based action research, fieldwork, capstone project, student teaching, independent research/creative activity program, approved study abroad experience, honors thesis, show, recital, performance, or advocacy in your major. Such experiences provide opportunities to apply discipline-specific skills and knowledge to community issues and to examine issues of service and social responsibility that relate to the chosen career field.

Indiana University Bloomington is a partner in Indiana Campus Compact which includes the following vision in it's strategic plan: http://indianacampuscompact.org/what-we-do-2/strategic-plan/

"The vision is to be a national exemplar by equipping every student in every institution with the competence, confidence, humility, and experience to be well-informed, engaged citizens through involvement in service engagement that advances the public good in their communities."

IU Bloomington is pursuing a Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement and recently initialized IU Corps to coordinate and document the goal of 100% student campus and public engagement.

The Campus Sustainability Report (http://www.indiana.edu/~sustain/resources/guiding-docs-campus-sustainability.php ) called for the following measurable objectives:
Strengthen service-learning and community outreach opportunities by developing new linkages with community, national, and global organizations, by providing new resources to link IUB faculty, students, and staff, and offering new in- centives for outreach and service-learning efforts.
Develop new resources for co-curricular activities related to sustainability, including (1) efforts to increase awareness and recognition of sustainability issues within the co-curricular community; (2) increasing collaboration between student organizations involved in sustainability-related programs; and (3) supporting initiatives that encourage broader student engagement with sustainability issues.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

https://strategicplan.iu.edu/plan/engagement.html

"These critical factors underscore the university’s obligation. IU is a public university in a deep sense; it exists to benefit all the people of the state, and the world beyond, and has a charge to continue its long tradition of engagement in the economic, social, environmental, and cultural life of all Hoosiers. This charge applies to all IU campuses, and it has special significance for the regional campuses. These campuses’ communities and regions rely on their respective campuses for undergraduate and professional education that addresses regional needs. Engagement in the civic, cultural, social, and economic lives of their regions is a central mission of the regional campuses, and their communities and regions take great pride in their respective campuses."

Indiana University Bloomington is a partner in Indiana Campus Compact which includes the following vision in it's strategic plan: http://indianacampuscompact.org/what-we-do-2/strategic-plan/

"The vision is to be a national exemplar by equipping every student in every institution with the competence, confidence, humility, and experience to be well-informed, engaged citizens through involvement in service engagement that advances the public good in their communities."

IU Bloomington is pursuing a Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement and recently initialized IU Corps to coordinate and document the goal of 100% student public engagement.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Campus Master Plan (Campus Master Plan
masterplan.indiana.edu/iub/IUB_Master_Plan.pdf) proposes a number of pathways that could lead to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions up to 80 percent by the year 2050. It identifies strategies that, if fully implemented, would result in a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2020.

Note that this goal has been exceeded according to our latest GHG inventory included in this report.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Building to LEED Gold for all new construction and major renovation over $5 million.
This covers all campuses statewide, with 18 LEED Certified Buildings to date and 14 LEED registered projects in progress. (https://strategicplan.iu.edu/)


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Measurable objectives include the Central Heating Plant burning 100% natural gas on a year‐round basis, the installation of a 7,500 kW gas turbine cogeneration plant with heat recovery boiler, and a reduction in energy use seen by energy metering. (Integrated Energy Master Plan
www.indiana.edu/~sustain/resources/docs/integrated-energy-master-plan.pdf)

The Campus Master Plan (Campus Master Plan
masterplan.indiana.edu/iub/IUB_Master_Plan.pdf) establishes a goal to renovate 10% of existing buildings to improve energy efficiency by 26% over the 2007 baseline, and improve energy efficiency in new construction by 30-50% over the 2007 baseline.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Our campus food vendor, Sodexo, adheres to its own set of published sustainability objectives: http://www.sodexousa.com/home/corporate-responsibility/sustainable-development/environment.html

Their measurable sustainability objectives cover global sustainability supply chain; local, seasonal and sustainable products; sustainable fish and seafood; sustainable equipment and supplies; energy and emissions; water and effluents; and organic and non-organic waste.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:

In addition to the objectives above, measurable objectives include a plan to increase tree cover to 40% of the campus area, a reduction in fertilizer use, and implementation of an integrated pest management plan.

Campus Master Plan (Campus Master Plan
masterplan.indiana.edu/iub/IUB_Master_Plan.pdf) called for a doubling of the tree canopy and stormwater treatment facilities to treat the 1-year, 24-hour storm, accounting for 99.1% of all rainfall events, which will reduce the AAR for the proposed condition back to that of the pre-developed condition by doing a range of specific strategies detailed in the Campus Master Plan (p. 186)


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The IU IT Strategic Plan states: "IU should carefully assess the relative 'environmental friendliness' of all its IT-related purchases and factor this into purchasing decisions."

The Campus Sustainability Report (http://www.indiana.edu/~sustain/resources/guiding-docs-campus-sustainability.php ) called for the following measurable objectives:

Establish accurate project cost models: Project cost models do not accurately reflect the lifecycle economic, social, and environmental costs of a project. By incorporating lifecycle costs into a program statement, IUB will develop more accurate budget proposals and construct facilities that optimize the economic, social, and environmental performance from construction through demolition.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Transportation Demand Management Plan identifies a 10% single-occupancy vehicle reduction goal.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:

If all of these measures are implemented, the strategies combined will result in a potable water savings of 277.8 million gallons a year. The strategies result in a 48.3 percent reduction in water use from the baseline master planned campus.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Groups Scholars Program Goals
o increase the persistence rate of students from their freshmen to sophomore years
o create a supportive academic community in order to increase student persistence rate
o provide supportive services for students in the form of the Summer Experience Program; Academic Advising; Tutorial; and Financial Aid Counseling
o increase the underrepresented students presence on the IUB campus

The state of Indiana as a whole will benefit from this mission with an increase in the diversity of educated populations and improving the perspectives going into key social/economic decision-making.

HHSP Program Goals
o increase the number of high achieving students with a commitment to social justice and leadership to the Bloomington campus and into the Hudson & Holland Scholars Program through active and purposeful recruitment
o continue to increase overall program graduation rate of Scholars through educational, personal, and professional development
o continue training and preparation of all Scholars for successful post-baccalaureate placement in a professional vocation, graduate or professional school

21st Century Scholars goals
o support 21st Century Scholars academically
o increase cohort GPAs and year-to-year retention rates for 21st Century Scholars attending IU Bloomington
o integrate 21st Century Scholars into the campus community
o connect them with campus resources
o provide Scholars with financial aid and financial management information and resources, as well as direct financial support
o encourage and support the pursuit of graduate education among 21st Century Scholars


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Attain 50% healthy food option in vending machines and ensure there are nutrient purchase points; enhance tobacco free culture with expanded awareness, education, and counseling; provide stress management classes on all campuses; install signage to encourage stair use; expand the diabetes prevention program to all campuses; establish an ambassador program; and reassess health/wellbeing of IU employees using the Fairbanks Study in spring 2015.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sustainable Computing is addressed in the university's IT strategic plan, "Empowering People: Indiana University’s Strategic Plan for Information Technology"

A chapter on environmental stewardship lists the following action items:
- IU should establish and promote high standards of environmental stewardship by providing support for and communication regarding best practices in energy-efficient computing.
- IU should promote widespread use of its extensive investment in hardened data centers, networks, virtualized servers, and virtualized storage to promote energy-efficiency by reducing the number of required servers and enabling longer equipment lifecycles. Similarly, technologies such as desktop virtualization should be explored to help reduce the costs and extend the lifecycles of personal computing devices.

http://ep.iu.edu/ITSP2_Final_120408.pdf


Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
Yes

The formal statement in support of sustainability:

Bicentennial Strategic Plan
Core value #7
Sustainability, stewardship and accountability for the natural, human, and economic resources and relationships entrusted to IU.


The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):
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Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment No
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:

From the Bicentennial Strategic Plan

“Core Values”(Core value #7 of 10) Sustainability, stewardship and accountability for the natural, human, and economic resources and relationships entrusted to IU.

Bicentennial Priority 3: Catalyzing Research
Bicentennial Continuing Priorities: Support 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.

Bicentennial Priority 8. Building for Excellence
IU has also become a leader in high-­­quality environmentally conscious design, and leads the Big Ten in LEED-­­certified green buildings with twelve certified to date, including four at the gold level (platinum is the highest certification). This strategy pays dividends for the life of each building in terms of occupant health and productivity, resource efficiency, life cycle cost savings and retention of human capital.

Bicentennial Action Item #3
3. IU will implement plans to solidify IU’s Focus on efficient and environmentally conscious campus design and operation by:
a. Completing and implementing pedestrian, transportation, and bicycle sub-master plans on each campus.
b. Certifying all major new buildings with the LEED Green Building Certification System and elevate the minimum certification level to Gold.
c. Continuing to explore and research a variety of energy and utility supply and delivery options that reflect changes in economies, demand, and climate variables.
d. Achieving the goals for energy efficiency and emissions reductions called for in the Campus Master Plan and the Integrated Energy Master Plan for the IU Bloomington campus; expand that analysis to all campuses.
e. Increasing energy and utility system efficiency while reducing demand and consumption.Continuing PrioritiesGive special emphasis on all campuses to improving traffic flow, making them more “pedestrian and bicycle friendly,” and to improvingparking and alternative modes of transportation for students, faculty, and staff.

Expand efforts to make all IU campuses more energy efficient and sustainable.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The Bicentennial Strategic Plan, approved by the Board of Trustees in 2014, has a number of formal sustainability commitments and goals as described above. One of those commitments was to "Achieving the goals for energy efficiency and emissions reductions called for in the Campus Master Plan and the Integrated Energy Master Plan for the IU Bloomington campus; expand that analysis to all campuses." The Campus Master Plan calls for a 30% reduction in emissions by 2020. The Integrated Energy Master Plan outlined a strategy to achieve 37% energy savings and 52% emissions reduction, but did not include a timeline for implementation. The 30% reduction goal called for in the Campus Master Plan has been exceeded as described in the GHG inventory included with this report.

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.