Sustainability at IUPUI

Taking Your Good Idea to the Next Level

Are you an IUPUI student, faculty, or staff member that has come up with a way to advance campus sustainability? Submit your idea, and you could win a Greening IUPUI Grant to make it happen.

Greening IUPUI Grants are awarded one time per year to projects that advance our campus sustainability principles and improve IUPUI’s STARS score. IUPUI dedicates a total of $50,000 annually to fund these projects.  You can review the Greening IUPUI Grant Guidelines here

Application Information


  • Application period opens: December 1, 2018
  • Application period closes: February 15, 2019 (11:59pm)
  • Applicants notified: April 1, 2019


IUPUI students, faculty, and staff may apply.  Students must have a faculty or staff member’s support and designate them as the project contact person on the application 


Review the full Greening IUPUI Grant Fund Guidelines before applying.

Proposals should focus on one or more of the following areas:

  1. Planning & Administration (Strategic initiatives, diversity, affordability, innovation)
  2. Academic (Courses, research, other educational pursuits)
  3. Campus Engagement (student engagement programs, events)
  4. Public Engagement (volunteer opportunities, campus-community partnerships)
  5. Operations (Grounds, energy, waste, water, purchasing, transportation, buildings)
  6. Health & Wellness (Food, health, equity, and human sustainability)

Proposals will be received by the Greening IUPUI Grant Review Committee who will evaluate the applications based on the following criteria: 

  1. Improving IUPUI's STARS score
  2. Long-term impact for IUPUI
  3. High-impact learning experience(s)
  4. Visibility
  5. Student involvement
  6. Reasonable timeline and feasibility
  7. Financial considerations

To Apply

Complete the Greening IUPUI Grant application. You can preview the application before starting the application process.

Past Grant Awards

Need ideas? Check out our sustainability principles, latest STARS report, and a few recent grant awards. Submit your Final Assessment Report here

  • Sustainability Speaker Series.  The Student Sustainability Council at IUPUI received funding to start a speaker and movie series on campus.
  • Zero Waste at the Natatorium.  The Natatorium staff received funding for new waste bin infrastructure and educational signage to make the 2016 Olympic Dive Trials Indiana's first zero waste athletic event with a 93% waste diversion rate
  • Beekeeping at IUPUI.  Dr. Steven Blanchard of the School of Dentistry was awarded funding to bring a beehive to IUPUI's New York Street Garden. The bees will pollinate the produce in the garden and allow for unique learning opportunities for IUPUI students, faculty, and staff.
  • Promoting Green Purchasing at IUPUI.  Environmental and Natural Resource Law Program developed a green purchasing guide and educational workshop for purchasing officers to raise the profile of green purchasing and contracting options to make more sustainable choices.
  • IUPUI Events Going Green.  The TCEM department will develop a comprehensive program for environmentally responsible events, including best practices, educational workshops, green event certification, and online resources for campus event managers.
  • IUPUI University Native Plant Initiative. The University Library Green Team was awarded funds to develop and install a Native Plant landscape at the main entrance to the University Library. 
  • Bicycle Maintenance Stations.  The Student Sustainability Council at IUPUI successfully proposed to install three bicycle maintenance stations on the IUPUI Campus, located at Campus Center, SPEA Breezeway, and Hine Hall.
  • Sustainability Education Center.  Students from the Herron School of Art and Design developed a concept for a recycling and sustainability educational center at the Campus Center, which was installed in 2015.
  • Outdoor Recreation Area. The Student Sustainability Council at IUPUI applied to install outdoor strength and resistance stations at IUPUI.  The installation, now part of the Campus Recreation Outdoor Facility (CROF) has won national awards for providing students with the ability to improve their health outdoors.


Office of Sustainability

Lockefield Village
980 Indiana Avenue, Room 4408
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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