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Shooting for the STARS:
IUPUI Ranked No.1 Most Sustainable University in Indiana
IUPUI has once again achieved a Gold rating on the STARS Report! This year, our campus earned a score of 70.57 ranking IUPUI as the most sustainable university in the state of Indiana! Read IUPUI's full 2020 STARS report.
The STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) Report is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. With more than 900 participants in 40 countries, AASHE
's STARS program is the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in five overall areas: 1) academics 2) engagement, 3) operations, 4) planning and administration, and 5) innovation and leadership.
While everyone was working and studying from home for the past year, our campus gardens were busy growing cover crops and nourishing their soil’s microbiome.. all in preparation for our beloved Jags to return.
This week, we uncovered the garden beds to find rich, healthy and nutrient-rich soil ready for a busy growing season. Under the watchful eyes of our new garden associates and a renewed partnership with Growing Places Indy, we expect this will be the best year yet!
To learn about summer volunteer hours, follow the IUPUI Urban Gardens on Facebook or Instagram.
Alexis recently graduated with a BA in Medical Sociology, and is currently working toward earning a Masters in Medical Sociology. Outside of school, she likes to keep busy by learning new crafts, crocheting, reading, and tending to her many houseplants.
Nathan is a junior studying Environmental Science, with a concentration on GIS and Remote Sensing, along with a minor in Mathematics. Nathan enjoys almost everything outdoors, including rides on the Canal and disc golf with friends.
Rebecca is a junior in the Motorsports Engineering program, with hopes to work in the Motorsports or Racing industry here in Indy when she graduates. Rebecca has always loved gardening as a hobby when she could, as she grew up with a father who always had a very large garden that she would help in.
WFYI's statewide talk show All IN recently featured IUPUI's sustainability achievements, including being ranked 2nd in the country for addressing the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Listen to the interview by skipping to the 13:00 min mark where you'll hear our director, Jessica Davis, sustainability analyst intern, Amber Greaney, and Associate Vice Chancellor for
IUPUI Office of International Affairs (OIA), Hilary Kahn, discuss what it took to achieve the ranking and what it means for our university.
Amber is graduating with an MPA in Environmental Policy and Sustainability. She began interning for our office as a freshman in February 2018 and has made a great impact through various roles, including Recycling Intern, Energy Intern, and Sustainability Analyst Intern.
Lauren is graduating with a BSPA in Sustainable Management and Policy. She began interning for our office in December of 2019 as Sustainable Events Intern, where she assisted in the successful delivery of the inaugural Indiana Sustainability and Resilience Conference.
Miranda is graduating with a BSPA in Sustainable Management and Policy, with a certificate in Sustainable Technology. Miranda joined our team as a freshman in October 2017, successfully leading IUPUI's waste reduction efforts as Sustainable Waste Management Intern and Campus Kitchen Co-Director.
Robert is graduating with a BSPA in Sustainable Management and Policy. He joined the Sustain Gang in October of 2020, and has accomplished a great deal in a short time. As GIS Intern, he closely assisted in the comprehensive mapping of our campus tree canopy and other sustainability features at IUPUI.
To all Jags who graduated this year, we send a sincere congratulations and well wishes on your next adventure!
Without addressing heat preparedness in an equitable manner, under-resourced communities will be disproportionately burdened by higher temperatures, extreme heat events, and the heat island effect. Attend this webinar, hosted by the IU Environmental Resilience Institute, to learn how to use an equitable approach to prepare under-resourced communities for higher temperatures and extreme heat events. Learn more.
Tag along with the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District for a tour of their Demonstration Garden, located within the Mayor's Garden at Eagle Creek. Soil health specialist, Kevin Allison, will host learning sessions on no-till vegetable gardening and managing cover crops. Space is limited, so RSVP now.
WHEN: Various Times WHERE: West 56th Street and Reed Rd
Don't miss the Earth Day Indiana Festival, our state's annual event designed to celebrate and educate on environmental topics such as recycling, conservation of natural resources and sustainable living. The free outdoor event will be held on June 5, 2021 at Garfield Park. Learn more.
WHEN: 11 AM - 7 PM WHERE: 2345 Pagoda Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46203
Mark your calendar for the Indiana Recycling Coalition's annual Conference, virtual once more. The event, taking place across 4 days, will offer 9 networking sessions, 25+ speakers, 5 pre-recorded educational sessions and more. Fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to work in sustainability, waste diversion, or a related field! Learn more and register.
Walk/Bike/Places is the premier conference in North America for walking, bicycling, and placemaking professionals from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. This year’s theme is “The Route to Recovery,” and the program will give us an opportunity to explore how our streets and public spaces can act as agents of healing from the pandemic, as well as the many challenges and injustices that it magnified, like systemic inequities and our often deadly auto-oriented transportation systems.
WHEN: Various Times WHERE: Indianapolis and Online
Carmel Green Initiative, Carmel Clay Public Library and the City of Carmel are partnering to show the movie “Kiss The Ground,” a documentary film about a revolutionary group of activists, scientists, farmers and politicians that banded together in a global movement of “Regenerative Agriculture” that could balance our climate, replenish our vast water supply and feed the world. Learn more.
The 2021 Green Sports Alliance Summit will showcase how sports venues, teams, leagues and corporate partners around the world can continue to take ambitious action on both environmental and social issues to create a more sustainable, just, and resilient future for all. Taking place virtually, The annual GSA Summit is the largest and most influential gathering for the sports community to unite around sustainability.