IUPUI Office of Sustainability
September 2015 Newsletter
Every newsletter, we'll be highlighting folks across the university who are doing great work in sustainability. From academics to operations, many of their efforts often go unnoticed, and they deserve some time in the spotlight... The Sustainability Spotlight! 
Jim Walsh - Building Operations Manager, Campus Facility Services  
Over the past five years, Jim has instituted a Healthy High Performance Cleaning program to improve the health and cleanliness of campus. The program consists of reusable microfiber cloths, environmentally friendly chemicals, and equipment that is certified by the carpet and rug institute. Recently, building services has begun utilizing paper products that are made from alternative fibers to assist in deforestation prevention, as well as Green Seal certified hand soap. The switch to Green Seal soap estimates an annual savings of roughly $20,000.
Jim's nominator: "Jim has been a leader in sustainability efforts within CFS for years. He is continuously researching products, equipment, and processes to look for effective ways to increase sustainability while reducing costs for our building operations. He works very hard at developing partnerships with customers in our buildings, our staff, and with suppliers so that new and improved ways of achieving sustainable solutions occur smoothly and effectively."
Want to nominate a faculty member, staff member, administrator, or student for
The Sustainability Spotlight?
Email us with your suggestion:
Sustainability & Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Partner To Create New Internship Position
The Office of Sustainability has partnered with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and SPEA to create a new internship position that serves both the IUPUI and Indianapolis community. This position will work to increase the community engagement of KIB's efforts while also managing IUPUI's Tree Campus USA program.

The first intern in this position is Greg Walker (pictured left), a sophomore in SPEA's Sustainable Management & Policy program. Greg has volunteered with KIB for the past 5 years through their
Youth Tree Team program. His commitment to environmental issues in Indianapolis make him a great candidate for the job! Get to know Greg.
University Hall Desk-Side Recycling
Program Showing Early Success
Since August, University Hall has been the location of a new desk-side office recycling program. The pilot program puts a combination of a recycle bin and waste bin at the desk of each University Hall staff member. Campus Facility Services (CFS) employees empty the recycle bin, while University Hall tenants are responsible for disposing of their own waste. The program has resulted in dramatically increased recycle rates near 60%! 

On September 17, CFS and the Office of Sustainability hosted a dumpster dive for University Hall tenants to discover what recyclables were being thrown into the waste bin. Only 14% of the items thrown in the trash were recyclable items, the most common items being paper coffee cups and their plastic lids. Compare that to the average of nearly 60% of items in the trash across campus that could be recycled, and the performance of University Hall is staggering. 
Read more about this program.
University Hall
Average recycle rate: 58%
Highest recycle rate: 67%
Dumpster Dive results: 14% of items thrown in the trash were recyclable
IUPUI Campus
Average recycle rate: 10%
Highest recycle rate: 17%
Dumpster Dive results: 57% of items thrown in the trash were recyclable
University Hall Desk-Side Recycling Program
Bottle Caps For School Benches Continues
Everyone did such a phenomenal job of collecting bottle caps for the Bottle Caps for School Benches Program this spring that we've decided to continue it!
Here's how it will work:
1) Collect bottle caps in your office
2) Email to request a durable, zippered bottle caps bag
3) We'll mail you a bottle caps bag via campus mail
4) When you receive the bag, fill it with bottle caps
5) Mail the full bag back to our office via campus mail
6) We'll keep your caps and clean the bag
7) Repeat!

Remember, every 400 pounds of caps collected get melted into a bench and donated to a local school. You all have already collected 436 lbs of bottle caps, so keep it up!
Are You A Student Interested In
Growing Sustainability Efforts On Campus?
Consider joining the IUPUI Student Sustainability Council (SSC)! The SSC is looking for outstanding student sustainability champions to help lead campus sustainability efforts, manage events, coordinate volunteers, run marketing campaigns, and much more! Contact them at for more information.

You can also find the SSC on
Facebook and Twitter.
Renewable Energy Can Power YOUR Home!
Did you know IPL offers renewable energy alternatives? IPL's Green Power Option allows you to specify an amount equal to 100%, 50%, or 25% of your monthly electricity use to be generated by renewable sources. For a small premium of $0.001500 per kilowatt-hour, you can source your home's energy from wind farms in Indiana and the Midwest. At this premium, a typical residential customer using 1000 kilowatt-hours in a month and enrolled at the 100% level would pay an additional $1.50 on their IPL electric bill. The funds generated from this premium will go back to support the development of renewable energy sources in the Midwest. What a simple way to support sustainability in Indiana! Learn more about the program and enroll here. 

Do you live outside of IPL's service area? There are renewable energy alternatives for you too!
Pope For Planet: Laudito Si
On September 21, Jessica Davis, Director of Sustainability, led a group of high school students from Indianapolis' Catholic high schools in a discussion on Pope Francis' latest encyclical, Laudito Si (Praise Be To You). This encyclical is an appeal from Pope Francis addressed to "every person living on this planet" for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Over the course of the day, students learned what sustainability is, its impact on their daily lives, and what they can do at their own high schools to promote sustainability. Jessica was joined by Marian University faculty and staff - Dr. Carl Lecher, Dr. Jason Eberl, and Mark Erdosy - as well as Earth Charter Indiana Executive Director, Jim Poyser.
Campus Kitchen @ IUPUI
In the month of September, the Campus Kitchen at IUPUI rescued 224 pounds of unused, quality food that would have been thrown away, enough to feed 225 people at two different Indianapolis shelters.  If you're interested in volunteering for the Campus Kitchen, you can sign up via this link. There are multiple shifts and opportunities available!

Follow IUPUI's Campus Kitchen on
Facebook and Twitter!
Winter Is Coming...
And You Need A Place To Store Your Bike!
IUPUI Food Services Offering A
Reusable To-Go Program
To reaffirm their commitment to sustainability efforts on campus, IUPUI Food Services and Tower Dining are introducing a new eco-friendly To-Go Program for the 2015-16 academic school year. This program provides all meal plan participants with a FREE reusable To-Go container for use in the Tower Dining location. Upon use, particpants may exchange a used container for a new, clean container or receive a token redeemable anytime for a new container. Non-meal plan customers may participate in the program for $5.00. Visit any cashier at Tower Dining for more information or visit this link for more information.
Upcoming Community Events
Marion County Public Health Department: Bike and Pedestrian Counts
October 13th (5-7pm) and October 17th (12-2pm)

Data is essential to planners, city officials, and bike and pedestrian professionals in their work to improve the infrastructure, network, and safety for people who bike and walk. Bike and pedestrian counts help build long term support for biking and walking.

All volunteers will receive a 15% off coupon from Bicycle Garage Indy (BGI). When you turn in your count form, you will be registered in a drawing for a $25 gift card to your choice of BGI or Finish Line. If you volunteer for both days, you will be registered in both drawings.

Email Joan Cook, Health by Design, at if you are interested in participating.  For more information, you can contact her at 317-250-3475.
Trees and Fall Flowers of Southeastway Park
Saturday, October 17 at 10am

Take a nature hike with botanist and Indiana Master Naturalist Ben Hess at Southeastway Park, a 188-acre nature park off I74 on the southeast side of IndianapolisWe will start at the nature center at and explore the emergent wetland, prairie planting, young floodplain woods along Buck Creek, and the preserved mature upland forest.  Learn more about this event here.
IUPUI Fresh Produce Markets
October 30, 11 am - 2 pm
Campus Center Food Court &
4th floor of Campus Center

November 19, 11 am - 2 pm
Campus Center Food Court

Remember your reusable Produce Market grocery bag for $1 off a purchase of $5 or more!
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