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Office of Sustainability
Division of Finance & Administration

The IUPUI Office of Sustainability is dedicated to creating a culture of campus sustainability, to making IUPUI a place where faculty, students, and staff are engaged in research, teaching, and learning about urban sustainability and its best practices.

We strive to be a leader among higher education institutions in this arena as well as a national model for urban sustainability in both academic offerings and campus operations.

We are committed to creating a campus and community that is engaged in the practice of urban sustainability. We promote education and action through programs of environmental stewardship, energy conservation, applied environmental science and policy research, environmental literacy and community outreach.

But what does "sustainability" really mean? We follow the definition put forth by the United Nations: "'Sustainability' is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

We assist and contribute to the coordination of many campus sustainability efforts, from recycling programs and the urban garden to energy conservation efforts and degrees, internships, and community partners.

If environmental issues and sustainability are important to you, get involved with the IUPUI Office of Sustainability.

Vision

The IUPUI Office of Sustainability will be recognized as a national leader in urban sustainability, including social, economic, and environmental aspects, and known for its academic, research and community outreach efforts that support student success and the well-being of citizens of Indianapolis, the state of Indiana, and beyond.  

Mission

The IUPUI Office of Sustainability will create a culture of sustainability and advance sustainability in the administrative, academic, research and community engagement programs at IUPUI. 

The IUPUI Office of Sustainability seeks to be recognized as a national leader in urban sustainability while supporting student success and the well-being of citizens of Indianapolis, the State of Indiana, and beyond.  In pursuit of this vision, the Office has undergone a strategic planning process.

The Office strategic planning process was initiated with a retreat in December 2013 that was attended by campus and community sustainability partners.  Since then, IUPUI's peer institutions' sustainability strategic plans were reviewed and input was sought from members of the IUPUI sustainability committees.  Vision and mission statements were developed for the office and three strategic priorities emerged:

  • Create Opportunities for Learning, Collaboration, and Research
  • Promote and Provide Educational and Outreach Programs
  • Champion and Support Campus and Community Sustainability Efforts

In order to establish a benchmark of current campus sustainability initiatives and identify strategic priorities for the Office, IUPUI underwent its first comprehensive sustainability assessment through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS).  This assessment occurred from June 2012 through June 2013.  The initial STARS report for IUPUI resulted in a final score of 51.09, earning the campus a silver rating. 

Strategic Priorities

The IUPUI Office of Sustainability is committed to creating a campus and community that is engaged in the RESEARCH, TEACHING and PRACTICE of urban sustainability.

  • Create Opportunities for Learning, Collaboration and Research

The Office of Sustainability will support inter- and multi-disciplinary collaborations in which students, staff and faculty work together with academic, corporate, and community partners.

  • Promote the integration of sustainability initiatives into academic opportunities
  • Promote and Provide Educational and Outreach Programs

The Office of Sustainability will promote education, outreach and action through programs of environmental stewardship, economic viability and social well-being. 

  • Increase awareness of waste reduction opportunities
  • Promote sustainability at IUPUI
  • Expand educational opportunities and programs for students, staff and faculty at IUPUI
  • Champion and Support Campus and Community Sustainability Efforts

The Office of Sustainability will develop, lead, and coordinate campus sustainability efforts and develop initiatives that complement activities of the community.

  • Expand recycling collection opportunities at IUPUI
  • Promote and advance sustainable transportation options
  • Deepen the campus commitment to energy and water conservation

IUPUI's sustainability principles are our guide to protect the environment, promote good business practices, and increase efficiency. In fact, these principles are changing the IUPUI campus culture.

Check out our for powerful examples of sustainability put into practice.

As stewards of the IUPUI campus resources, the Office recognizes the interdependence of humans with the environment and follows these principles:

  • Apply thoughtful and creative planning to achieve a thriving campus community built on the principles of sustainability.
  • Foster conservation, protection and enhancement of natural resources through campus policy and personal behavior.
  • Promote a common agenda for IUPUI as a sustainable campus.
  • Preserve and enhance the quality of life for our campus community and future generations in ways that enhance teaching and learning, research, civic engagement and administrative practices.

These principles were developed in collaboration with the IUPUI Sustainability Steering Committee and reviewed by the IUPUI Chancellor's Cabinet, Academic Deans Council, and Faculty and Staff Councils.

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Jessica Davis

Director

(317) 278-1308

davisjg@iupui.edu

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Deborah J. Ferguson

Assistant Director

(317) 274-2550

defergus@iupui.edu

Interns

Taylor Whitaker

Taylor Whitaker

Student Garden Manager

taawhita@iupui.edu

Fatima Khan

Fatima Khan

Recycling

fatikhan@iupui.edu

Mark Daiuto

Mark Daiuto

Director, The Campus Kitchen at IUPUI

madaiuto@iupui.edu

Gregory Walker

Melissa Kidulas

Urban Sustainability and Engagement (USE) Fellow

mkidulas@iupui.edu

Jenna

Jenna Berry

Communications & Marketing

jennberr@indiana.edu

Ashlee Paul

Ashlee Paul

IUPUI Energy Challenge

ashmpaul@iupui.edu

Participating in the Office of Sustainability's internship program is a great way to get solid experience in the field of urban sustainability and environmental issues.

We hire two interns each semester, a Communications Specialist and a Special Projects Coordinator. 

Interested students should check out JagJobs for more information and to apply.

Steering
Focus: Provides assistance and leadership to the Office of Sustainability in the implementation of best practices across campus operations, provides leadership to guide established working groups in the development of campus goals, policies, and membership, assists in providing data needed, reviews Greening IUPUI Grants

Academics
Focus: Curriculum, research, faculty support, course development

Campus Engagement
Focus: Engagement programming for students, faculty, and staff, communications

Public Engagement
Focus: Campus-city collaboration, engagement with the City of Indianapolis

Operations
Focus: Air and climate, buildings, energy, grounds, purchasing, transportation, waste, water,

Tree/Bee Campus USA
Focus: Tree Campus USA program, Bee Campus USA program

The IUPUI Office of Sustainability is located on the fourth floor of the Lockefield Village building, just north of IU Hospital.

Mailing Address
IUPUI Office of Sustainability
Lockefield Village
980 Indiana Avenue, Room 4408
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 278-1308
sustindy@iupui.edu

Office of Sustainability

Lockefield Village
980 Indiana Avenue, Room 4408
Indianapolis, IN 46202
sustindy@iupui.edu
317.278.1308
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