STORY National Recognition: IUPUI Sustainability Wins Green Sports Alliance Environmental Innovator of the Year Award
IUPUI Sustainability has been named a Green Sports Alliance Innovator of the Year for turning the IU Natatorium zero waste during the 2016 Olympic Dive Trials. On June 28, the Green Sports Alliance will present its annual Environmental Innovators of the Year Award at the Green Sports Alliance Summit in Sacramento, CA. The award recognizes the "first, the greenest, the best in sports and sustainability." The Office of Sustainability will be among a dozen organizations receiving the award. Read more.
Grand Challenge: Indiana University Invests $55 Million To Launch Environmental Resilience Institute
Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie has announced that IU will invest $55 million to help Indiana develop actionable solutions that prepare businesses, farmers, communities and individual Hoosiers for the effects of ongoing environmental change. The initiative will create an Environmental Resilience Institute to better predict the impact of these threats and facilitate collaboration between IU's world-class faculty and Indiana residents, businesses, nonprofits and the public sector. Read more.
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HIGHLIGHT New Arrival: Solar-Powered Umbrellas at IUPUI
IUPUI Sustainability installed new, solar-powered umbrellas in the sitting area near Wood Fountain. These five umbrellas were a winning Greening IUPUI Grant from former Student Sustainability Council president, Jordan Sewell (who now works for a solar company in Colorado!). The umbrellas come equipped with solar panels on top of the canopy and a mobile charging dock for phones and tablets at table level.
Welcoming Campus Innovation Fund: IUPUI Sustainability Named Inaugural Winner With $25,000 Grant
IUPUI Sustainability was among 24 campus units named inaugural winners of the Welcoming Campus Innovation Fund. The fund, which Chancellor Paydar announced in his State of the Campus address Nov. 1, provides competitive grants designed to inspire and fund collaborative projects that support the recommendations of the Welcoming Campus Initiative. The funds will be used to develop a comprehensive sustainability experience in IUPUI's residence halls, including the creation of IUPUI's first Energy Challenge. Read more.
STORY National Award: IUPUI Wins EPA Green Power Award
The U.S. EPA has recognized IUPUI as an Individual Conference Champion of the 2016-17 College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in The Summit League. IUPUI beat its conference rivals by using more than 20 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy, representing 10% of the school's annual electricity usage. Read more.
Operational Sustainability: Significant Reduction In Chemical Usage For Floor Stripping
From Campus Facility Services Building Operations Manager, Jim Walsh: "IUPUI has been utilizing different floor care techniques over the past several years to try and reduce the amount of harmful floor strippers we utilize. Since 2011, we have removed the old floor finish off roughly 200,000 square feet of stone floors and had it polished with diamonds and abrasives. Thus, the floors never need to be stripped with harmful chemicals and for the most part are maintained simply with water and dry diamond impregnated burnishing pads."
From 2011 to date, Campus Facility Services has reduced purchases of chemical floor strippers by 69% and hopes to reduce to 90% by 2019.
IUPUI Celebrates Arbor Day
40 students planted 26 trees at IUPUI's Lockefield Green. The planting included a visit from Chancellor Paydar and Jawz. To fuel up for the project, volunteers ate a pancake breakfast prepared by the Campus Kitchen at IUPUI, a student-led organization that salvages food that would otherwise be discarded. Read more.
Assistant Director Earns LEED Credentials
Deb Ferguson, IUPUI Sustainability Assistant Director, recently earned her LEED credentials by passing her LEED Green Associate exam. Congrats to Deb for her hard work and hours spent preparing! Did you know Indiana University has the most LEED buildings of any university in the Big 10?
IUPUI Sustainability Offers First Summer Camp
The weeks of June 5 and June 19, IUPUI Sustainability offered its first sustainability enrichment program as part of the IUPUI Day Camps offered by the IU Natatorium. Eight campers, age 9-12, spent their week learning about various sustainability topics, including waste, food, transportation, and the built environment.
Friday, July 7 | 10am-2pm | Monument Circle
This one-of-a-kind farmers market allows attendees the opportunity to eat, sample, and shop from nearly 100 Indiana Grown vendors. Event details.
Student Sustainability Council All Member Meeting
Monday, July 17
University Library 2115G
IUPUI Fresh Produce Market
Thursday, July 20
Campus Center Food Court
Bring your reusable Produce Market bag for $1 off your purchase of $5+