Office of Sustainability
IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR GARDENERS:
The Office of Sustainability appreciates the continued passion for the community garden. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and ISU's continuing response, we are closing access to the Garden House, tool shed, and alley shed for the foreseeable future. Once we are certain that the safety of every individual is not at risk, we will provide an update on reinstating access to these facilities. We are saddened to make this decision, because we know it provides accessibility to gardening for so many folks. However, we also want every member of our community to remain healthy and safe during this time of uncertainty. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to ISU-Sustainability@indstate.edu or Daniel Pigg (Daniel.Pigg@indstate.edu)
Sustainability seeks to empower members of the ISU community to build a resilient community of Sycamores. This office works to provide sustainability intiatives and projects across campus and the community with dynamic collaborative partners. We want to integrate sustainability into operations, curriculum, co-curriculum, research, and engagement with the ISU community.
We attempt to accomplish this by providing a central location for faculty, staff, and students to find resources and collaboration for integrating sustainability into their practices and policies. We create, implement, and manage innovative programs and events in collaboration with others. We establish metrics and track complete institutional sustainability performance. Finally, we want to share the sustainability stories that happen within this community.
Who We Are
Garrett Hurley (firstname.lastname@example.org) joined the team in August 2018. Garrett, originally from Oregon, has a B.S. in Speech Communication and a B.S. in Psychology. He is currently a M.S. candidate in Student Affairs & Higher Education. Garrett is the lead on the following projects: benchmarking, STARS reporting, and communications/marketing.
Community Garden Manager
Patti Weaver (Patricia.Weaver@indstate.edu) has been the driving force for the Indiana State University community garden since it was established in 2009. Under her guidance the garden has tripled in size – simply put, the garden would not be possible without her dedication.
Undergraduate Project Manager
Ashley Baysinger (email@example.com) is a senior from Martinsville, IN – she is studying Geography and Sustainability. Ashley is developing a move-out waste reduction program, sycamore second hand, and also working on a sustainability campus tour.
Undergraduate Project Manager
Claudia Cozadd (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore from O’Fallon, IL - she is studying Biology. Claudia is the President of the Sycamore Environmental Action Club, the strong student sustainability club. Beyond SEAC, Claudia is conducting mycelium research at the community garden and helping to divert single-use plastic waste on-campus.
Undergraduate Project Manager
Katya Drake (email@example.com) is a junior from Indianapolis, IN – she is studying Environmental Geoscience. Katya is working on a community and campus green guide. She is also preparing to audit our historic greenhouse gas inventories.
Undergraduate Project Manager
Kristen Gerau (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a junior from St. Louis, MO – she is studying Environmental Geoscience. Kristen is in charge of planning Earth Day, on April 17. After this event, she will transition into planning sustainability month, October 2019.
Community Garden Assistant
Addison Blaydes (email@example.com) is a sophomore from Greencastle, IN - she is studying Environmental Science and Sustainability. Both of our Community Garden Assistants work with our gardeners to make sure they have everything they need. Additionally, they maintain the communal garden beds, benchmark produce donations, and generally ensure the garden operates smoothly.
Even with our amazing staff, The Office of Sustainability is driven by student and community volunteers. The ISU Community Garden would be a weed-infested jungle with countless volunteer hours from both our gardeners and community members. Through the Office of Sustainability, students have excellent opportunities for experiential learning. We are always working on a variety of projects, and will never have enough help or input. If you are a student, who has a passion for sustainability or just needs volunteer hours, we have something for you! Volunteering with the office will be a rewarding experience as you will be empowered to lead your own project. Through experiential learning we are able to provide students a unique education with real-world applications, it also helps the office accomplish our goals. If you would like to volunteer, in any capacity, please contact us ISU-Sustainability@indstate.edu.
The Garden House
In 2009 ISU made the decision to turn the 11th and Chestnut city block into a community garden – of the vacant houses the Garden House was selected for renovation, with all other structures designated for demolition. In 2012, the building was given to The Institute for Community Sustainability for use as an office space. Most recently in 2018, the Garden House was outfitted with a 6.6 watt roof mounted solar array, providing more than enough power for the entire building. Sustainability was paramount during the office rehab, the Garden House’s sustainability features can be found in this pamphlet.
The Garden House is always available as a meeting and gathering space for the community and campus; if you are interested in using the space please contact us (ISU-Sustainability@indstate.edu). The interior of the house can comfortably fit 20 people, users are welcome to utilize our full kitchen (you must provide your own food, local preferred), and the office is equipped with an overhead projector. The back deck can accommodate around an additional 20 people.
2013 - ISU was a finalist for the 4th Annual Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards
2013 – ISU was ranked as one of 322 Green Schools by The Princeton Review
2014 – ISU was ranked as one of 322 Green Schools by The Princeton Review
2014 – ISU was recognized at the City of Terre Haute's first annual Arbor Day awards ceremony with the Outstanding Educational Institution Award
2015 - ISU was ranked as one of 322 Green Schools by The Princeton Review
2015 – ISU was named one of Sierra Club’s Cool Schools
2015 – ISU was ranked the #5 green college in the Midwest by Do Amore
2015 – ISU was recognized by Indiana Wildlife Federation (IWF) as a Gold Level Conservation Champion for our commitment to landscaping the sustainable campus
2016 – ISU was named a top 11 place to celebrate Earth Day in The US by Leaf Filter
2016 - ISU was a finalist for the 7th Annual Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards
2016 – ISU received the Students Actions Award from Purposeful Networks
2016 – ISU placed 1st in Indiana: Paper, Corrugated Cardboard, and Bottles and Cans by the Indiana Recycling Coalition
2017 – ISU was ranked as one of 353 Green Schools by The Princeton Review
2017 – ISU was named one of Sierra Club’s Cool Schools
2017 – ISU was given a Silver STARS rating from AASHE
2017 – ISU was ranked 5th in the US for water conservation by AASHE
2018 – ISU was named one of Sierra Club’s Cool Schools
2018 – ISU was ranked as one of 375 Green Schools by The Princeton Review
The Office of Sustainability is driven by experiential learning projects and volunteer work. If you would like to work with us on anything, reach out! We love nothing more than taking what students are learning in class and applying it to better our campus and community. Additionally, we always need volunteers in the garden and for different events and projects. If you would like to work with the office or volunteer reach out to ISU-Sustainability@indstate.edu.
The ISU Sustainability Fellowship Program exists to both advance sustainability in the region and on campus through interdisciplinary, experiential, results oriented projects. Each Fellow is responsible for leading one project per year. Additionally, Fellows act as an on campus advisory board for the Office of Sustainability.
Fellows meet monthly for an hour and half - the first portion of each meeting consists of a discussion based on an assigned piece of media, meant to spur conversation around sustainability topics relevant to campus and the Wabash Valley. During the second half of each meeting, Fellows will advise the Office of Sustainability. If you are interested in becoming a fellow please, contact ISU-Sustainability@indstate.edu. During the Fall 19 semester Fellows will be undergoing a transformation. Starting in Spring 20 fellows will be function as a peer-to-peer employee sustainability educators program. The ISU Sustainable Cities Program will fill the role for those interested in sustainability research.
Spring 20 Fellows
Cayle Moreo – Biology Research Coordinator and Graduate Student
Eric Anderson - Lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Jen Latimer – Professor of Geology
Dr. Jim Speer – Professor of Geology
Julie Davis - Administrative Assistant, Business Engagement Center
Katie Lugar – Assistant Director of Student Programming & Leadership, Honors College
Katie Uttich – Assistant Director of Residential Life
Steve Hardin – Public Services Librarian
Dr. Wan-Ju Yen - Professor of Health and Human Services
Emily Tickle - Undergraduate Student
Katya Drake - Undergraduate Student
Ashley Baysinger – Undergraduate Student
Dr. Barbara Eversole - Professor, Human Resource Development - Founding Fellow
Julia Linton – Undergraduate Student
Stephanie Krull – Landscape & Grounds Manager
Dr. Tina Kruger – Associate Professor and Chair of Multidisciplinary Studies
Jordan Bayles - Sodexo's Former Catering Executive Chef – Fellow 2014
Dr. Susan Berta - Associate Professor of Geography – Founding Fellow
Dr. Shikha Bhattacharyya – Student – Fellow 2015
Dr. Lisa Calvin – Professor of Spanish – Fellow 2015
Dr. Aruna Chandrasekaran – Professor of Management – Fellow 2015
Dr. Tom Derrick – Professor of English – Founding Fellow
Travis Dickey – Student – Fellow 2015
Dr. Elonda Ervin – Director of Multicultural Services and Programs at ISU – Fellow 2015
Heather Foxx – Student – Fellow 2013
Gail Gottschling – Director of ISU’s Early Childhood Education Center – Fellow 2014
Dr. Debra Israel – Professor of Economics – Founding Fellow
Jipin Jose – Student – Fellow 2016
Polina Kaniuka – Student – Fellow 2016
Kris Kraut – Sodexo’s Former Residential Dining Executive Chef – fellow 2014
Tracy Machtan – Former Assistant director of Fraternity and Sorority Life – Fellow 2014
Zachariah Mathew – Assistant Director of ISU’s Center for Global Engagement – Fellow 2016
Dara Middleton – Events Coordinator for Cunningham Memorial Library – Fellow 2014
Brookes Moore – Associate Vice President of Student Affairs – Fellow 2015
Zachary Nickerson – Student – Fellow 2015
Dr. Joy O’Keefe – Director of ISU’s Center for Bat research, Outreach, and Conservation – Founding Fellow
Ali Pavlicek – Student – Fellow 2014
Rhonda Reed - Director of the Learning Resources Center in the College of Health and Human Services – Fellow 2016
Dr. Tom Steiger - Director of ISU's Center for Student Research and Creativity – Founding Fellow
Dr. Larry Tinnerman - Assistant Professor of Curriculum, Instruction, and Media Technology – Founding Fellow
Sycamore Environmental Action Club
The purpose of The Sycamore Environmental Action Club (SEAC) is to offer a supportive space where students can embody environmental and social responsibility, creating a more desirable future for ourselves, the people around us, and the spaces we live. At weekly meetings, students will be offered an opportunity to openly discuss pressing, mindfulness, and/or consciousness topics that have been prevalent to the members lately. Outside of the meetings, members will take action on initiatives and projects that align with the group’s goals and frequent the Sycamore Outdoor Center. Some examples of projects started last year are Bee Campus USA certification, Re-Use Store formation, and dorm Everyday Action Reminders. All members will be encouraged to take leadership in ways that will help them grow into their full potential.
Earth Day at ISU began in 2009 as a speaker series in the Biology department and has expanded each year to encompass more aspects of sustainability. Today, Earth Day is a day-long celebration open to both campus and the community. Typically Earth Day includes outdoor games, live entertainment, more than 50 local businesses and organizations offering educational activities about sustainability, an outdoor picnic catered by Sodexo, and an evening activity. However, just like the field of sustainability, Earth Day evolves year to year. If you have any great ideas for Earth Day or would like to sit on the planning committee, please email ISU-Sustainability@indstate.edu.
Earth Day 2020 will be on April 22th from 11 am - 2 pm on the Quad
- The Indiana Civil Rights Commission enforces the Indiana civil rights laws and provides education and services to the public in an effort to ensure equal opportunity for all Hoosiers and visitors to the State of Indiana
March 17 – Think Fast -Hulman Memorial Student Union, Dede I – 6-8 pm
- ThinkFast Interactive is an experiential team building, and awareness program that appeals to all ages with its professionally designed production set, sound system, music videos, and informative and engaging awareness trivia.
April 21- Zenobia Jeffries Warfield - Cunningham Memorial Library, Room 028 – 5-7 pm
- Zenobia Jeffries Warfield is a national award-winning journalist, 13-year media professional and advocate for racial equity and racial justice. Zenobia began her journalism career in 2007 at the Michigan Citizen Newspaper, formerly a community newspaper in her hometown of Detroit, where she rose from reporter to managing editor, and finally editor before the paper closed in 2014. Zenobia is now Executive Editor at YES! Media in Seattle, where she joined as an associate editor in 2016, and became a senior editor in 2019. In both positions Zenobia worked remotely from Detroit, establishing the national magazine’s racial justice beat for its online and print publications. As YES!’s Executive Editor, Zenobia leads editorial partnerships, print magazine production, and manages editorial systems and several beat editors.
Sycamore Second Hand
Sycamore Second Hand is ISU's re-usestore. During move-out each year, The Office of Sustainability Partners with Residential Life to collect donations from students moveing out of their residential halls. The items are sorted, cleaned, and tested over the summer by Sustainability student workers. During move-in, Sycamore Second Hand is open to the public to sell the items collected months earlier. 2019 was the first year of Sycamore Second Hand and over 600 items were sold!
Be sure to look out for our donation bins during move-out in May!
Eco-reps will be a living experience designed to give students, from any major or background, real-world experience promoting environmental responsibility, economic vitality, and social equity on the campus and in the surrounding community. Eco-reps will move to campus a week early and engage in a fun-filled, outdoor sustainability retreat aimed at building friendships while learning about the sustainability. During the first semester Stewards will participate in an exciting course that covers content on sustainability and an opportunity to develop a real world project to promote sustainable behaviors, giving students the academic foundation they need to make a significant impact. The second semester will be focused on implementing the projects Eco-Reps designed in the fall. Outstanding Eco-reps will have the opportunity to take on an internship or possible employment in the Office of Sustainability in their second year at ISU. Through being part of this living learning community, Eco-reps will develop the skills to make a meaningful impact on campus and beyond and will take those tools into their professional careers.
You can join Eco-reps via your housing form when you apply for housing. If you have any questions about the community or how to get involved contact us (ISU-Sustainability@indstate.edu).
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
ISU is a member of AASHE, giving our community access to valuable resources. AASHE coordinates the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Ratings System (STARS) an invaluable benchmarking resource that allows ISU to track sustainability progress and compare successes to the 375 STARS rated institutions around the country. Check out our progress with STARS here. In addition to STARS AASHE offers other resources like webinars, a campus sustainability hub, and yearly conference. If you would like access to any of this great content, contact us (ISU-Sustainability@indstate.edu).
Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN)
PLAN is an organization that empowers students to led their campuses to zero-waste. PLAN is a resource our student groups regularly use, but anyone on campus is more than welcome to all the amazing content they offer. Contact ISU-Sustainability@indstate.edu for more information.
The Office of Sustainability maintains a small library of sustainability and gardening books. Check out what we have to offer below. If you would like to check out a book, contact ISU-Sustainability@indstate.edu.
|A Sand County Almanac||Leopold, Aldo||1949|
|Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy||Johnstone, Chris; Macy, Joanna||2012|
|America's Public Lands: From Yellowstone to Smokey Bear and Beyond||Wilson, Randall K.||2014|
|Animal, Vegetable, Miraacle: A Year of Food Life||Kingsolver, Barbara||2007|
|Between the World and Me||Coates, Ta-Nehisi||2015|
|Birth of a White Nation: The invention of White People and Its Relevance Today||Battalora, Jacqueline||2013|
|Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good||Collins, Chuck||2016|
|Building Green: A Complete How-To Guide to Alternative Building Methods||Snell, Clarke; Callahan, Tim||2005|
|Cannibals with Forks: The Triple Bottom Line of 21st Century Business||Elkington, John||1998|
|Climate Change: Picturing the Science||Schmidt, Gavin; Wolfe, Joshua||2009|
|Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know||Romm, Joseph||2015|
|Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty||Winnie, Mark||2008|
|Common Wealth: Economies for a Crowded Planet||Sachs, Jeffry D.||2008|
|Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things||Braungart, Michael||2002|
|Crisis & Opportunity: Sustainability in American Agriculture||Ikerd, John E.||2008|
|Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth||Logan, William Bryant||1995|
|Doing Honest Work in College||Lipson, Charles||2004|
|Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming||Hawkin, Paul||2017|
|Earth's Climate: Past and Future||Ruddiman, William F.||2008|
|EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want||Lappe, Frances Moore||2011|
|Environment||Raven, Peter H.; Hassenzahl, David M.; Hager, Mary Catherine; Gift, Nancy Y.; Berg, Linda R.||2015|
|Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere||Cox, Robert; Pezzullo, Phaedra C.||2016|
|Environmental Ethics||Boylan, Michael||2014|
|Environmental Ethics: An Interactive Introduction||Kernohan, Andrew||2012|
|Environmental Law and Policy||Salzman, James; Thompson, Barton H.||2010|
|Environmental Science: Inquiry and Applications||Cunningham, William P.; Cunningham, Mary Ann||2011|
|Essentials of the Legal Environment Today||Miller, Roger LeRoy||2016|
|Expose on Climate Change||Speer, James H.||2018|
|Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement||Davis, Angela; Barat, Frank||2016|
|Gaia: A new look at Life on Earth||Lovelock, James||1979|
|Garbage Wars (Urban and Industrial Environments): The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago||Pellow, David||2002|
|Getting to Green: Saving Nature: A bipartisan Solution||Rich, Frederic||2016|
|Green Careers: Choosing Work for a Sustainable Future||Cassio, Jim; Rush, Alice||2009|
|Green Festival Reader||Danaher, Kevin; Gravitz, Alisa||2008|
|Help them Grow and Watch them Go||Kaye, Beverly; Giulionim, Julie Winkle||2012|
|How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate||Hoffman, Andrew||2015|
|How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing||Silvia, Paul J.||2007|
|International Politics and the Environment||Mitchell, Ronald B.||2010|
|Ishmael: A Novel||Quinn, Daniel||1992|
|It's Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living||Trask, Crissy||2006|
|Lawn People||Robbins, Paul||2007|
|Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update||Meadows, Donella; Randers, Jorgen||1972|
|Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City||Gordon, Colin||2008|
|Men Explain Things to Me||Solnit, Rebecca||2014|
|Merchants of Doubt: How a handful of scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming||Oreskes, Naomi; Conway, Erik||2010|
|Natural Capital: Valuing the Planet||Helm, Dieter||2016|
|Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution||Lovins, Amory; Hawking, Paul||1999|
|Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist||McKibben, Bill||2013|
|Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth||Buckminster, Fuller; Snyder, Jamie||1970|
|Planning Local Economic Development||Leigh, Nancey Green; Blakely, Edward J.||2013|
|Political Ecology||Robbins, Paul||2012|
|Scarcity and Growth: The Economics of Natural Resource Availability||Barnett, Harold; Morse, Chandler||1965|
|Seaweed and Planet Growth||Senn, T.L.||1987|
|Silent Spring||Carson, Rachel||1962|
|Soft Energy Paths: Towards a Durable Peace||Lovins, Amory||1979|
|Step by Step: Microsoft Excel 2013||Frye, Curtis D.||2013|
|Terra Nova: The New World After Oil, cars, and Suburbs||Sanderson, Eric||2013|
|The Age of Sustainable Development||Sachs, Jeffry D.||2015|
|The Control of Nature||McPhee, John||1989|
|The Ecology of Commerce Revised Editions: A Declaration of Sustainability||Hawkin, Paul||1993|
|The End of Nature||McKibben, Bill||1989|
|The Environment Equation||Shimo-Barry, Alex; Maron, Christopher J||2008|
|The Omnivore's Dilemma: A natural History of Four Meals||Pollan, Michael||2006|
|The Population Bomb||Ehrlich, Paul||1970|
|The Power of Narrative in Environmental Networks||Lejano, Raul; Ingram, Mrill; Ingram, Helen||2012|
|The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory||Adams, Carol||1990|
|The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History||Kolbert, Elizabeth||2014|
|The Top 50 Sustainability Books||Visser, Wayne||2009|
|The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy||Rivoli, Pietra||2009|
|The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability - Designing for Abundance||McDonough, William; Braungart, Michael||2013|
|This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate||Klein, Naomi||2014|
|Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America||Wise, Tim||2015|
|Where We Stand: Class Matters||Hooks, Bell||2000|
|Women, Race, Class||Davis, Angela||1981|
As of 2013 all new construction on ISU’s campus will be built to at least LEED Silver standards
The former Terre Haute Federal Building, constructed in 1933 and on the National Register of Historic Places, was renovated and opened as the Scott College of Business in the fall of 2012. At the corner of 7th and Cherry Streets, it serves as an entry point to campus from downtown Terre Haute. The building's renovation achieved a LEED Silver certification.
Reeve Hall was the first new residential building ISU had added to its campus in more than 40 years. The building was designed to achieve a LEED Silver certification and includes equipment for remote metering of the building’s energy consumption. Reeve Hall is home to eight of the nine National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities at Indiana State University. It houses 368 women and offers a variety of room options, ranging from single rooms with private bathrooms to double rooms with community bathrooms.
Normal Hall's, campus' oldest building, renovations were completed to LEED standards in 2015. Today, Normal Hall has been fully restored into a beautiful — and functional — home for the University College and the Center for Student Success, thanks to a $16 million appropriation from the state of Indiana augmented by private donations to cover some items outside the scope of the state-funded project. The dome has been recreated, the scagliola has been restored, the front steps have been restored and a new curved glass addition has been built to handle Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility, HVAC and other modern necessities.
If you’ve ever enjoyed lunch in Tirey Plaza behind Rankin Hall, you may not have realized that you were eating on a rooftop! The area covers ISU’s Office of Information Technology. This is a “green roof”. In green roofs, vegetation is planted over a waterproof membrane, providing away to absorb rainwater, insulate a building, create a habitat for wildlife, and combat urban heat island effect. This means that less rainwater flows into our sewers, creating combined sewage overflows (CSOs) and flushing septic waste into the streets. It also means that, instead of radiating large quantities of heat on hot days as typical building roofs do, its vegetated surface reduces the amount of heat radiated and contributes to a lower campus temperature on especially warm days.
ISU’s Dining Services provider, Sodexo, has made strong commitments to environmental sustainability. Sodexo’s 14 commitments are:
- Reducing water use intensity
- Providing and promoting varied and balanced food options
- Reducing carbon intensity
- Supporting local community development
- Sourcing and promoting sustainable equipment and supplies
- Promoting choices with reduced sugar, fat, and salts
- Developing and promoting health and wellness solutions
- Fighting hunger
- Sourcing local, seasonal, and sustainably grown foods
- Purchasing products from fair and responsibly certified sources
- Purchasing sustainably harvested seafood
- Complying with a Global Sustainable Supply Chain Code of Conduct
- Reducing organic wastes
- Reducing non-organic wastes
Sodexo recycles all cardboard, cans, and grease. Our campus food services participate in all University initiatives in regards to energy conservation, and together with Facilities Management, Resident Dining gathers food waste for compost.
Roughly 10% of Sodexo’ purchases are from local and organic sources.
In 2001, ISU switched from a coal powered steam plant on campus to a central steam heating plant fired by natural gas boilers, which has reduced our emissions by approximately 1.8 million pounds of greenhouse gases annually.
As a part of our Climate Action Plan, ISU has made a commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. One of the largest components of reaching this goal is reducing our use of electricity on campus. Electricity accounted for 61% of ISU’s 2009 carbon emissions.
ISU has converted our lighting from incandescent bulbs to compact florescent, which has reduced our electricity consumption by one third. We have partnered with the EPA Green Lights program to install energy efficient lighting and controls. We also worked with Duke Energy’s Indiana Demand Side Management (DSM) Core Programs, which provided rebates for upgrading existing facilities to energy efficient equipment. Though this program, we installed a variable-air-volume HVAC system for the Cunningham Memorial Library.
Light switch plate covers have been installed throughout campus to remind everybody to take responsibility for energy conservation.
Starting in fall 2018, every room in ISU Residence Halls will have marketing on the interior of the door, reminding students to turn their lights off and switch of their energy bandits.
ISU has been increasing the green space and creating a buffer around campus through the installation of small tree farms. ISU currently has 18 tree farms that are maintained around campus. ISU is favoring native trees that include many oak species, service berry, white pine, American holly, black walnut, black cherry, maple, elm, sweet gum, shag bark hickory, bald cypress, and dogwood.
In 2008, ISU eliminated comprehensive chemical treatment from 80% of our turf areas, spending about 1/3 less on applying organic fertilizer 2-3 times a season. The remaining 20% being chemically treated surrounds the athletic fields. As the soil strength builds, we anticipate being able to cut back on fertilization to every second or third year in less critical areas. Although we have increased irrigation throughout campus it is now linked to our weather station to manage water resources more effectively. The water is also sourced from one of 10 deep wells that are recharged by dry wells and rain garden areas throughout campus.
In December 2008, ISU became a Tree Campus USA as the first university to be certified in the state of Indiana. We have maintained the standards for this certification for a decade now, and plan to continue, as we are strong supporters of the Arbor Day organization and want to do our part to further the practice and ideal of comprehensive urban forestry management throughout the country.
Since 2015 ISU has been certified as a Sustainably Landscape Institution by the Indiana Wildlife Federation. We continue our commitment by planting native, limiting chemical and salt usage, and providing food crops and cover for wildlife. We operate on the theory that what is good for wildlife is good for everyone.
ISU briefly worked with SPIN to provide a stationless bike share for the campus and community. SPIN decided to transition their business model to focus exclusively on electric scooters, canceling their bike sharing operation. SPIN donated all 130 bikes from the program to the school, these bikes are currently being fixed up for donation. The SPIN bike share was very successful for the University, accumulating over 10,000 rides in just under four months. The Office of Sustainability is actively looking for a replacement for SPIN.
Bike Fix-It Stations
In December 2012, ISU's Facilities Management department installed 6 new stationary bicycle pumps around campus, as well as two new bicycle “fix-it “stations where cyclists can make repairs to bicycles with tools that are attached to the stations. You can view the locations of these stations and pumps, as well as other bicycle infrastructure on campus here.
Check out this helpful campus bike way map, directing riders to the nearest trail. You should always lock you bike when it is parked, use this bike rack map to help locate the nearest bike rack on campus. Public Safety also has a bunch of great resources to keep you safe while riding!
Enterprise Car Share
In the Fall semester of 2013, ISU launched a partnership with Enterprise to provide affordable, on-demand transportation to the campus community in the form of a Car Share. Car Shares allow users to rent a vehicle for a few hours at a time, saving money when compared to renting a car for a full day or owning a car. By offering this option, we hope to reduce the total number of vehicle miles driven by our campus community by encouraging students not to own a car while on campus, all while facilitating their ability to quickly and conveniently run errands and appear at job interviews. We also hope that this option makes transportation more affordable for students. Also under the Car Share program, students under the age of 25 are able to rent vehicles without incurring young driver fees. International students with a valid driver's license from any country are also eligible, but should be advised that driving with an international license after 6 months of being in the U.S. may be in violation of local laws.
Students can join the program for an annual membership fee of $35, which counts toward their driving credits. Car rentals are $7.50 per hour, which includes the cost of gasoline and insurance. Click here to explore this program and sign up!
Free Bus Rides
ISU students, faculty, and staff receive free fare on the Terre Haute City Bus. The bus provides connectivity across the City of Terre Haute. To view bus schedules, please visit the Terre Haute City Bus website.
Multi-Modal Parking Garage
This multi-modal parking garage at the corner of 8th and Cherry Streets was built on top of a brownfield site and purchased by ISU. The garage offers 623 parking spaces for cars and bicycle parking on the ground floor. It also serves as the hub for the Terre Haute City Bus and links to Greyhound buses. This structure also reduced the need for surface parking spaces on campus, which helps to decrease storm water runoff and combined sewage overflow (CSO) events that dump raw sewage into the Wabash River
Indiana State University has been offering a Sustainability minor since 2014. In the 2017/18 academic year there were 28 Sustainability minors. These students will have a unique skill set heading into the workforce - an Arizona State University study found that 65% of small business employers and 87% of large business employers look favorably on sustainability training when making hiring decisions. Sustainability not only encompasses a multidisciplinary perspective to solve problems from local to global scales, but also teaches the critical and systemic thinking skills that apply to myriad fields of study.
Individually every Sycamore can make an impact. Little acts can make a huge difference, practicing sustainable living during your time at State will prepare you to live sustainably once you leave us. Below is a high level list of ways to become a Sustainable Sycamore:
- Turn off your lights when you leave your room, duh.
- Unplug all Energy bandits!!! (see below)
- Turn off the bathroom light when you leave (if no one else is there!)
- Carry a reusable water bottle and coffee mug so you never have to use disposable drinkware. Over 1.5 million barrels of oil are used to manufacture a year's supply of bottled water in the U.S.
- Use a hand dryers when available, if you must us paper towels, shake your hands off over the sink and only use one towel square to drive off.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
- Re-use old notebooks and school supplies, if you must purchase new items prioritized recycled content products.
- Donate any usable items to a local thrift shop and try and purchase as much as you can used.
- If you have a desktop, turn it completely off at night.
- Use compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs in personal lighting rather than incandescent bulbs. You will save a ¼ of the energy and CFL’s last 10 times longer.
- For every minute you shower, 12 gallons of water is used, try and keep shower times down to 4-6 minutes.
Energy Bandits are any device that uses energy while plugged in but not in use. Yes, you read that correctly, some electronic devices use energy even if they are off or on standby mode if they are plugged in! About a quarter of all residential electricity usage is from Energy Bandits. The easiest way to prevent Energy Bandits from stealing electricity is to plug all devices into a power strip, turn the power strip off when you leave your room. Some items like mini-fridges obviously need to be kept plugged in and turned on at all times.
A Few Things to Live By
Think before you buy, one of the biggest toll on the environment is over consumption. The less you buy, the more sustainable you are. If you need to purchase something – prioritize used items and sustainably sourced items.
If you think your actions don’t make a difference, you are wrong. Every Sycamore can make a difference, and together we can leave the world better than we found it.
Those who are impacted by the negative effects of climate changes are generally the poorest and most marginalized groups. These people have contributed the least to anthropogenic climate change and have the fewest resources to adapt. By living sustainably, you are saving the lives of the less fortunate.
Bee Campus USA
Indiana State University became the 60th campus in the USA to become Bee USA Campus Certified. Bee Campus USA fosters ongoing dialogue to raise awareness of the role pollinators play in our communities and what each of us can do to provide them with healthy habitat. The Bee Campus USA program endorses a set of commitments, defined in an application, for creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, which are vital to feeding the planet. Katlin Childress 19’ was the driving force behind our certification. One of the responsibilities of this certification is the maintenance of a pollinator committee. If you are interested in being a part of the committee, please contact ISU-Sustainability@indstate.edu.
The Indiana State University Recycle Center opened in May of 1990. It started as a University endeavor to reduce landfill costs and to make a positive influence on our environment. The Center has turned into a community recycling center and an educational center to promote sustainability and recycling throughout the University, the City of Terre Haute, Vigo County, surrounding communities, and the State of Indiana. Tehy offer tours of our facility to share our success and inspire others to recycle. Check out the Recycle Center website for many more details or contact Paul.Reed@indstate.edu.
Is your backyard a dangerous place? Many homes in Terre Haute were painted while lead-based paints were common, and gasolines containing lead seeped into the ground. While lead is no longer used in paints or gasoline, several area properties test positive for high concentrations of lead and other harmful heavy metals. Lead exposure impairs cognition and nutrient intake and is particularly dangerous to children, whose bodies are still developing and are not as resilient as those of adults. ISU offers free lead testing to anyone in the Terre Haute area. The procedure takes seconds and does not alter your yard. To have your property tested, contact ISU-Lead@mail.indstate.edu. Testing conducted to date is estimated at a $48,000 value to the Terre Haute community.
The Office of Sustainability is currently working on a project, with the immense support and leadership from Cayle Moreo (Biology), to expand the Community Garden past 12th street to create a Permaculture Food Forest. When complete in a few years, this project will grow (literally) into a practically self-sustaining food forest in the middle of a food desert. We completed our first round of tree plantings at the end of the 2018 fall semester, we will plant more trees March 2019. If you would like more information on this project, contact ISU-Sustainability@indstate.edu.
OUR GREEN VALLEY ALLIANCE
Our Green Valley Alliance for Sustainability was formed in 2009 to focus attention on ecological issues in the Wabash Valley. The Alliance hopes to expand awareness of the many positive things that are already happening here and to develop further activities. The group has transformed a bit over the years – currently the group meets quarterly to discuss ongoing sustainability efforts so that we can group member can work together to support sustainability in the Wabash Valley. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Nicholas.Mccreary@indstate.edu.
ISU Sustainable Cities Program
More information coming soon!
Growing a sense of community while helping fight hunger.
The Indiana State Community Garden opened in 2008 and has since grown to 160 plots for community members to use free of charge. Each gardener has access to communal tools and water, in return gardeners agree to: tend to their plots and paths, plant only annuals, and refrain from using pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Additionally gardeners are required to commit 3 hours of service a month to the garden and donate 10% of their annual yield to local charities. In 2018 collectively the ISU Community Garden Donated 2500 lbs. of produce!
During the 2018 garden season, gardeners from the ISU Community Garden donated a combined 2500+ lbs. of produce!
Location: 219 N 11th Street
Growing season: April - October
Cost: We ask every gardener to donate a portion of their produce to the food pantry of their choice.
- Available plot sizes: 10x10 feet, 10x15 feet, or 20x20 feet
- Tools and garden hose will be available during scheduled hours each week.
- The community garden is pesticide, herbicide, insecticide, and fungicides free.
- Expert consultation will be available through volunteers.
Registration for the 2019 garden season is open now. Please follow the links on the right side of the page to reserve your own plot now!
Fill out a garden application now for a plot during the 2019 season!
Since 2008, the garden was 50 plots on 2 city lots. ISU added a garden shed and stocked it with garden tools and hoses. A well was dug and water lines lay with water spigots throughout the garden. There was a house on the original property and it became the garden house used for shelter, bathroom facilities and winter storage. Approximately 45 to 50 folks signed up for a plot that year. It garden mission was to make gardening available to local residents with no fees, with the premise of gardening 100% organic and to donate a iminium of 10% of the harvested produce.
Over the years, additional lots were purchased and added to the growing garden. By 2012 the garden was one city block big with over 100 plots and approximately 80 gardeners. The Institute for Community Sustainability (ICS) needed a home and choose the garden house to make into their office. They modernized the building, added a deck and created a space that keeps with the idea of sustainability. The Institute for Community Sustainability Garden House provides a meeting a room, bathroom facilities and a library of gardening-related books and leaflets for the gardeners. ICS is a visible symbol of commitment to sound environmental practices.
In fall of 2012 a group of ISU students conducted a lead study. It was discovered that 30 feet from the streets there was a high elevation of lead and these area would need to be removed from production. The gardeners in these spaces would need to be moved to safer ground. About 20 plots were placed into other types of production and usage.
2013 the garden expanded into the next city block on the east side of the alley. With the loss of about 20 plots from the lead study and with the addition of waterlines and 80 plots, the garden grew to 160 plots and about 100 gardeners and families. There was created multiple beds for perennial gardening, varies berry raised beds and a greenhouse. The greenhouse was opened in spring 2015, allowing for early cultivation of seeds.
In 2016 an orchard was created from grant funding. Six apple trees and two plum trees were planted. A 40 foot by 30 foot Asparagus bed as planted with 40 plants. Various berry plantings and rhubarb added to raised beds and the strawberry bed was moved to a larger area.
Gardeners are required fill out a current season application form, attend a garden policy review session, and sign a Garden Release Form before participating in any capacity in the ISU Community Garden. All gardeners must do this complete process at the beginning of each garden season. Throughout this document “Garden Staff” will refer to The Office of Sustainability Staff (including students) and the Garden Steering Committee. “Gardeners” will refer to all other ISU Community Gardeners including the Steering Committee. See the Garden Steering Committee policy for information to join.
- The ISU Community Garden is an organic garden. Non-organic pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers are not allowed. Garden Staff may need to use non-organic chemicals to control serious weed issues.
- Gardeners are required to keep their plot(s) weeded, planted, harvested, and well maintained. All paths surrounding the plot(s) must be chipped and weeded through the garden season.
- Gardeners must notify the Garden Staff if they unable to maintain the plot(s) or paths. After notifying Garden Staff Gardeners are required to follow the flag system.
- Gardeners must donate at least 10% of the harvesting produce. Gardeners are required to record their donations.
- Gardeners must volunteer 3 hours per month in the ISU Community Garden. Gardeners can choose from a variety of volunteer opportunities.
- Gardeners are prohibited from planting perennial plants in the soil within their personal plot(s). Gardeners may plant perennials in containers within their plot(s).
- All tools must be completely cleaned before they are returned to the shed. No garden tools may be taken off the Indiana State Community Garden property.
- Removing anything from another garden plot(s) without permission is stealing and will result in termination.
- Report any issues to the Garden Staff and/or the ISU Police. The ISU Police phone number is located on your ID. For emergency health or security issues, call 911 or ISU Police at 812 237 5555.
- It is encouraged that all Gardeners carry/wear their garden badge and or garden t-shirt. If you are suspected to be trespassing in the ISU Community Garden, your badge will prove your innocence.
Warning and Termination System
The following system will be followed any Gardener not in compliance with Garden Policies. Warnings will be issued when violations are found. When a gardener corrects the violation they will be returned to good standing and any further violations will start with a warning 1. If a gardener commits a serious violation they can be subject to immediate termination. Serious violations include, but are not limited to and are up to the discretion of the Garden Staff, the use of non-organic pesticides, tilling, destruction of property, sexual harassment, and theft.
When a Gardener is not in compliance with any of the policies, they will be sent an email notifying them of the non-compliance issue and will be given one week to correct the issue by the date of the email. If a Gardener does not have email, they will be called in place of an email.
If the issue has not been corrected or addressed within one week of warning 1 being sent, a phone call will be made to the gardener. The gardener will then be given five (5) days to correct the issue. In addition to receiving a phone call, a non-compliance flag will be placed in the violators plot.
If the gardener has not complied with the two notices then they are in non-compliance of the garden policies and will be terminated from the garden and must relinquish their plot(s). The plot(s) will be covered with gardening plastic to prevent the spread of seeds and the plot(s) will go back to the ISU Community Garden for reassignment. Any non-organic material found in the garden (planters, cages, etc.) will be removed and stored outside of the alley shed until the end of the garden season. The owner of these items has until the end of the garden season to retrieve the non-organic items.
* If there are extenuating circumstances that will not allow you to tend to your plot for a long period of time, please notify the Garden Staff. We would be happy to temporarily maintain your plot or assign it to another gardener temporarily.
The Garden Staff will perform garden checks during the first two weeks of June, July, August, and September. There will be a final Garden Check when the garden is closed for the season, which typically occurs at the end of October. The follow list contains possible garden check violations, all of the violations are at the discretion of the Garden Staff. A violation of any of the following can result in a Warning 1 (see Termination Policy):
- Weeds must be under control (not overgrown or sprouting seeds) both in the garden and the surrounding paths.
- There cannot be any perennial plants rooted into the ground. They are acceptable in pots, see the Annual, Perennial, Biennial Herbs Policy.
- Paths around the perimeter of garden plots must be chipped, all gardeners adjacent to an unchipped path can receive a Warning 1.
- Produce should be harvested within a week of ripening. If produce cannot be harvested in that timeframe, the flag system needs to be used.
- Tilling is prohibited by all gardeners, see the Tiller Usage and Soil Health Section.
Tilling is prohibited in the ISU Community Garden. Garden soil becomes layered over time into a pattern that plants need and rely on for optimal health. Every tilling event destroys this layering, as therefore the micro and macro organism that live in the soil and that are needed for healthy soil. Adding a compost layer on top of the soil accomplishes many of the same goals as tilling. It prevents weeds, softens the soil, and adds nutrients.
In extreme cases of weed infestation the small cultivators can be signed out. The Garden Staff must approve cultivator usage. They will be locked by a chain and unlocked by a garden shed attendant, the garden manager or by a house employee. After use and returning the cultivators to the shed, they must be in working condition and cleared of all debris from the garden. The cultivators must be in the good condition for each gardener's use. Failure to sign them out and in and returned in good condition will result in termination. Any cost of repairs will be charged to you.
The ISU Community Garden is able to operate at no cost to its gardeners because we rely heavily on volunteer work. It is required that each gardener record a minimum of 3 hours of volunteer work in the garden a month.
In order to make this easier to track and easier for gardeners to volunteer, we ask that you sign up for one position for the season. These positions will be managed by the student garden workers. If you sign up for one position, you will be guaranteed 3 hours of volunteer time a month and it will be recorded by the student garden worker. Monetary or in-kind donations can replace volunteer hours.
Below are the approved garden volunteer positions, if you have another idea, please let us know:
- Volunteer for a shed shift duty.
- Host/help host an education session for other gardeners.
- Help with a volunteer event: Sycamore Service Saturdays, Serve the Valley, etc.
- Adopt a common area to maintain (blackberry bed, strawberry bed, or any other communal bed
- Pick up trash around the garden, compost area and other public areas
- Help flagged plots for donation, by picking produce, watering or weeding using the flag system.
- Donate seeds, plants, or garden equipment.
- Pull weeds in and around any common area and path(s).
- Volunteer to help other gardeners that may need with their paths and/or garden plot(s).
- Food forest maintenance
- Common pathway weeding
All gardeners are required to donate 10% of their produce. Donations can be left in the bins on the back porch Monday-Friday, these bins will be picked up daily by Infinity House. Gardeners must weigh and record their donations with the scale and donation log which will be located near the donation bins.
If you would like to donate to another charity or individual that is perfectly fine. Gardeners who choose to do this must report to the garden staff where they will be donating. These gardeners are still required to weigh and record their donations.
Keeping plots clear of weeds, picking of ripened veggies, removal of rotting produce, healthy plants and good stewardship of paths are all good gardening practices. All of this helps manage pests (insects, rodents, and other scavengers), plant diseases, excessive weeds, and the occasional human thief. Moreover, a commitment to a sustainable world makes it hard to watch good, organic produce go to waste when it could be feeding the hungry in our community. The Flag Policy helps achieve these goals.
*not understanding the flag system is not a valid excuse for not maintaining a garden plot*
Gardeners are responsible for placing flags in their own plot(s). An email should be sent to the Garden Manager or Garden Coordinator so they know and understand the type of assistance that is needed. Below is a guide related to the assistance of the flags to the various colors, and their meanings:
For assistance with picking ripe produce to be delivered to a donation site by the Garden Coordinator and/or a volunteer.
For assistance with watering due to gardeners absence of more the 5 days.
For assistance needed for maintaining the weeds or path maintenance by the Garden Coordinator and/or a volunteer.
This is the largest flag and will be placed in a plot if the gardener is determined to be in non-compliance. This flag will remain in a plot for 5 days. After five days the plot will be covered with gardening plastic and the gardener will be terminated.
Annual, Perennial, Biennial Plants
Perennial plants rooted into the ground are not allowed in personal garden plots. Only annual herbs may be planted in the ground in personal plot(s). If gardeners choose to grow herbs, they may keep any and all herbs in above-the-ground pots within their plots.
The garden maintains specially designated permanent “communal beds” that are available for gardeners to harvest perennial herbs from. Please contact the Garden Manager or Coordinator for more details.
Garden Equipment and Sheds
Garden equipment is available to be used by all Gardner’s. Gardner’s are responsible for any tool or piece of equipment they remove from the shed. If the tool or equipment is damaged during use, the Gardener using it is responsible for repair or replacement costs. Returning a tool or piece of equipment dirty will result in a warning one. Gardeners only have access to the Garden Shed, not the Alley Shed. Gardeners only have access to the Garden Shed when it is unlocked by a shed worker, or Garden Staff.
Fall gardening is allowed, keep in mind that the water will be turned off and access to the shed will be limited. The Garden Staff must be notified if you plan to garden in the fall.
ISU Community Garden Steering Committee
Steering Committee members will serve two year terms. Members may serve no more than four terms consecutively. Gardeners can apply to be on the steering committee every fall. Current Steering Committee Members will review applications. Gardeners must have one year of experience at the Garden to apply. Further guidelines are currently being developed now. They will be added once agreed upon.
Current Steering Committee Members (End of Term)
Patti Weaver – Co-chair (2022)
Garrett Hurley – Co-chair (2022)
Cayle Moreo – 2022
Dr. Jim Speer – 2022
Julie Porter - 2022
Karen Enyard - 2022
Lori Vancza – 2022
Dr. Mary Howard-Hamilton - 2022
Dr. Richard Enyard – 2022
Yvonne Russell - 2022
Native Plant Species List
Below is a list of native plant species we have at ISU:
|Heritage River Birch|
|Hardy Rubber Tree (Eucommia)|
|Kentucky Coffee Tree|
|Eastern red cedar|
|Seedless Sweet Gum|
|Japanese black pine|
|Bloodgood London Plane Tree|
|Japanese tree lilac|
|Grey Owl Juniper|
|Creeping Lily Turf|
All gardeners are required to donate 10% of their produce. Donations can be left in the bins on the back porch Monday-Friday, these bins will be picked up daily by Infinity House. Gardeners must weigh and record their donations with the scale and donation log which will be located near the donation bins. If you would like to donate to another charity or individual that is perfectly fine. Gardeners who choose to do this must report to the garden staff where they will be donating. These gardeners are still required to weigh and record their donations.Below you can find a list of other possible places to donate:
Bethany House Soup Kitchen
Someone will be available 24/7
Call 812-232-4978 before you come
Providence Food Pantry
707 National Ave, West Terre Haute
66 S 12th Street
Place in container at front door
Ryves Hall Youth Center
14th & Chestnut
Bring the produce into building and down stairs
St. Ben Church Soup Kitchen
11 S. 9th,
St. Pat's Soup Kitchen
1807 Poplar Street
Call 232-8518 before you go
St. Joe Parish Ministry
113 S. 5th Street
First Church of Nazarene
801 Fort Harrison Road
Higher Hope Ministries
1801 Harding Ave
King's Harvest 4-Square Gospel Church-2nd and last Tuesdays-4p
Call church office 232-4776 or Thelma Leek-812-239-9610
New Life Fellowship Church Pantry
7711 Wabash Ave
For deliveries – 3rd Tuesday of every month from 10a to noon
234 S. 8th Street
8:30a - noon M-F
1348 S 13th Street
Garden Sheds Shift Calendar
Sustainable Cities Program
The goal of Sustainable Cities is to leverage the resources of ISU towards creating more sustainable cities, while concurrently providing a unique experiential learning opportunity to ISU students. SC partners local communities with ISU faculty, students, and staff via a yearlong partnership. During the partnership, ISU and the community partner will produce tangible and relevant outcomes for the community partner while providing ISU students, staff, and faculty with real world experiential learning. The program uses the community engagement model championed by the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Community Network (EPIC-N), which universities across the nation have adopted.
The Sustainable Cities program will involve a cohort of faculty members that builds projects into current courses to address the community partner's needs. We are still currently accepting applications to join the faculty cohort. If you are interested, please fill out this application
If this program interests you and you are not sure about participating or would like to participate next year, please reach out to Daniel Pigg (Daniel.Pigg@indstate.edu)
Sustainable Cities Planning Committee
The Sustainable Cities 20-21 Planning Committee involves:
- Dr. Nancy Rogers, Vice President of University Engagement
- Daniel Pigg, Director of Business Engagement
- Dr. Heather Dalton Miklozek, Director of Community Engagement
- Dr. Greg Bierly, Dean of the Honors College
- Azizi Arrington-Slocum, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Interior Architecture
Previously included: Nick McCreary, Former Sustainability Coordinator
Please contact any of the planning committee if you have any questions