Sustainability at IUPUI

From the air you breathe on the way to class or work to the water you carry around in your backpack, the natural environment is all around you—and it needs to be as clean and plentiful as possible.

That's why we work to protect and conserve the land, air, and water resources on the IUPUI campus and in the neighboring community.

We are developing policies on these issues:

  • Pollution prevention. Watch where you put that waste. If it's improperly discarded, it can pollute our land, waterways, and air. Our pollution prevention policy will ensure that all campus wastes are discarded in compliance with our current waste disposal guidelines.
  • Mercury reduction and elimination. Mercury is a dangerous pollutant, and it's also the most commonly spilled chemical product at IUPUI. Our policy would eliminate all nonessential uses of elemental mercury or mercury-based compounds from campus locations outside of a laboratory setting.
  • Vehicle/equipment idling. Leaving a car or truck running wastes gas and pollutes the air with unnecessary emissions. We are crafting a policy stating that all university vehicle engines must be turned off when the vehicle is not being driven for 30 seconds or more.

Policies on Pesticides and Other Chemicals

Our health and wellness initiatives also focus on the purchase and use of sustainable pesticides and cleaning chemicals around campus.

We work with Campus Facility Services to create green product purchasing initiatives, such as:

  • Making sure most cleaners, hand washes, polishes, disinfectants, wax removers, paper products, and more meet certifications for sustainability
  • Buying fertilizers for campus green spaces that use very low levels of phosphates or none at all
  • Healthy High Performance Cleaning Standard – procedures, chemicals, tools and equipment designed to make your building the safest, healthiest and cleanest in the most environmentally friendly way.

Our Health and Wellness Committee has created a pest management policy based on integrated pest management (IPM) procedures.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, IPM is an "effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices."

Here are some core principles of IPM:

  • Before applying any pesticide, the building space or exterior area will be inspected. Inspectors will be looking for conditions (such as food or its waste being left out), exterior building openings, and anything else that could be contributing to a pest infestation or pest control problem. These conditions will be reported to Campus Facility Services personnel.
  • If a pesticide is needed to manage pests, the least hazardous material will be chosen.

Before such treatment, the plan will be shared with Campus Facility Services and Environmental Health and Safety personnel for approval.

Office of Sustainability

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