ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for Indiana State University

Submitted on January 22, 2008; last updated on February 13, 2015

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification DRU: Doctoral/Research Universities
Control Public
Location Terre Haute, IN
Community Setting Mid-size city
USDOE Climate Zone 4
Current President or Chancellor's Name Dan Bradley
Current President or Chancellor's Title President
Main Website
Sustainability Website

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name Jim Speer
Implementation Liaison's Title Professor, Earth & Environmental Systems
Implementation Liaison's Department Faculty
Format of Structure Committee
Number of Individuals in Structure 21+
Stakeholder Groups Represented Faculty, Students, Executive, Community Members, Staff, Alumni
Description Following the signing of the Climate Commitment, University representatives from various areas within campus formed a working group to begin to chart our course in terms of the University's Sustainability Initiatives. A coordinator (Jim Jensen) was assigned, and a consultant was brought on board to calculate the University's Carbon Footprint. Currently ISU has a Forum on Sustainability and the President's Climate Commitment scheduled for February 20, 2008. Within one week of the forum, the institutional structure will be completed to include a steering committee and working groups.

Tangible Actions

1. Establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard or equivalent.

Yes: For many years Indiana State University has had guidelines and standards for major renovation projects and new capital improvement projects. Those standards which historically have included the required use of high efficient motors, electronic ballasts, energy efficient lighting and low e-windows, have been modified to require all designers (architects and engineers) to design all major projects to LEED Silver (or above) standards.

2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.

Yes: ISU is currently finalizing the development of and adoption of stringent purchasing standards requiring only ENERGY STAR certified products be purchased when available. As a background, ISU signed a MOU with the EPA to become a green lights partner in 1992. As a result of this effort, ISU became 'Green Lights' compliant in 1995.

3. Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by our institution.

No: No information provided.

4. Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.

Yes: Within the last year, the University working with the City of Terre Haute's Transportation Department has begun a 'free ride' service with all faculty students, and staff being able to utilize public transportation free by showing their ID cards. While at the same time, with the assistance of grants from the federal government, a new Multi-Modal Transportation Center on campus has been opened which will serve interstate busing, city busing, taxi service, general vehicular parking, and bicycle parking.

5. Within one year of signing this document, begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of our institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.

No: No information provided.

6. Establish a policy or a committee that supports climate and sustainability shareholder proposals at companies where our institution's endowment is invested.

No: No information provided.

7. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.

Yes: ISU plans to begin participation in the national RecycleMania competition in January, 2009. We are currently talking with representatives from our Food Services and Student Union areas to assist them in reducing waste from key areas on campus, as well as reviewing our present program in order to provide optimal waste reduction. At the same time we will be providing educational tools for students and provide them with information on recycling initiatives that are currently in place on campus. ISU already has a well known recycling program that was started in May, 1990 which has consistently allowed us to see an ongoing decline in waste going to the landfill. Over ten years ago, ISU opened a recycling drive through for ISU employees and students, and shortly after it's opening the drive through recycling center was opened for public use.