A rich history of environmental and sustainability leadership in the heart of Indianapolis
Sustainability is woven into the fabric our university; from the intention to set the IU campus among a woodland backdrop nearly 200 years ago, to 1968, when the mayor at that time, Richard Lugar, called for a “great state university in Indianapolis,” and to our present investment to encourage every Hoosier to play a role in creating a living legacy, committed to a sustainable future for all. Born out of the idea that collective action is a key factor in establishing a greener future, IUPUI Sustainability serves to leverage creative ideas to move the campus forward.
Each year, we work with hundreds of students, faculty and staff, on numerous programs to encourage a thriving campus. These initiatives progress the conversation around sustainability and provide resources and engagement opportunities to meld theory with practice; by mobilizing students, faculty and staff throughout the university. Since 2011, we have served as a conduit for sustainable action on campus through equal parts operations and academics. This unique partnership has allowed our work to both implement and validate innovative practices—helping to position IUPUI as a leader in its commitment to sustainability.
...sustainability, stewardship, and accountability for the natural, human, and economic resources and relationships entrusted to IU...
2014 Indiana University Bicentennial Strategic Plan
Who We Are & What We Do
Indiana University has a long tradition of environmental stewardship. In recent years, this commitment has evolved from grassroots support to institutionalized commitments. In 2011, IUPUI Sustainability was created and seeks to be recognized as a national leader in urban sustainability while supporting student success and the well-being of residents of Indianapolis, the State of Indiana, and beyond.
That mission continues with IUPUI Sustainability: to create a culture of sustainability and advance sustainability in the administrative, academic, research, and community engagement programs at IUPUI.
IUPUI Sustainability's 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.
As stewards of the IUPUI campus resources, IUPUI Sustainability 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.