Our office seeks to empower members of the ISU community to build a resilient community of Sycamores. We work to provide sustainability initiatives and projects across campus and the community with dynamic collaborative partners. This also includes supporting and uplifting other partner’s initiatives. 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, students, and community 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 institutional sustainability performance. Finally, we want to share the sustainability stories that happen within this community
The Office of Sustainability
The Office of Sustainability seeks to promote environmental responsibility and economic vitality, while fostering social equity, on campus and in the surrounding communities. The office provides opportunities for all students and community members, regardless of degree or field of work, to improve their understanding of how they can advance sustainability in the modern world.
The Office of Sustainability is part of the Divison of University Engagement at ISU. The Divison of University Engagement connects community and university partners to address the most pressing challenges in the communities we serve, prepare ISU students for rewarding careers and civic leadership, and support lifelong learning throughout west-central Indiana.
The Division of University Engagement at Indiana State University has a commitment to inclusion. We provide a welcoming and respectful environment where inclusivity puts diversity into action. As members of the University community, we are committed to meaningful intercultural relationships within our University and with our community partners. We believe that the development of our students, faculty, and staff are best supported in a climate that honors diverse experiences and perspectives.
Accessibility information: The Office of Sustainability is a single level building structure with an elevated front porch and back deck. Surrounding sidewalks are intact and there are ramp entrances to the sidewalk and office porch. The ISU Community Garden has some concrete pathways, but is mostly wood chip paths. There are occassional loud sounds from nearby train tracks and passing traffic.
Who We Are
Garrett Hurley (he/him/his)
The Sustainability Coordinator is responsible for managing sustainability programs for ISU, integrating sustainability into campus operations and curriculum, and community initiatives for sustainability. Garrett graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Psychology, and a B.S. in Speech Communication in 2018. In 2020, Garrett graduated from Indiana State University with an M.S. in Student Affairs & Higher Education. During his graduate studies, he was the graduate assistant for the Office of Sustainability and helped pioneer some of the initiatives currently ongoing. He also completed original thesis research on college student leadership and activism through his program. Some of his major points
Patti is a Master Gardener for the Purdue University Extension Master Gardener Program and one of the founding members of the ISU Community Garden. Patti manages all garden operations for the ISU Community Garden, which includes new gardener orientation, directing student garden workers project work, and setting up volunteer activities for the garden. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the garden operations and is willing to give advice to any gardeners that ask.
Ashley Baysinger (she/her/hers)
The graduate assistant is responsible for sustainability programs, our annual sustainability assessment, and outreach initiatives. Ashley graduated from Indiana State University in 2020 is a current graduate student in the Geography & Sustainability master's program. Her original thesis research involves digitizing the Indiana State University archives. Ashley is heavily involved with museum studies and volunteers with the Indiana State Museum and the Children's Museum. At Indiana State University, Ashley plans our annual Campus Sustainabilility Month and Earth Week activities, and she has coordinated efforts with the City of Terre Haute to perofrm a greenhouse gas inventory.
The student project managers are responsible for taking on a sustainability program or initiative here at ISU or in the larger community. Each project manager works to further sustainability through their project by collaborating
Katya Drake (she/her/hers)
Major: Environmental Geoscience
Responsible for environmental justice (EJ) initiatives at ISU and in the Terre Haute community. Katya is putting together an EJ toolkit for all to utilize and will be hosting listening sessions with community members to find out what problems Terre Haute can address to further sustainability in our community.
We are currently hiring for two more student Project Managers.
Community Garden Assistants
Community garden assistants are responsible for maintaining the common areas of the ISU Community Garden and assisting gardeners when necessary. They also manage donation operations, volunteer events, and community outreach. Each garden worker also manages a project related to our sustainability campus.
Addi Blaydes (she/her/hers)
Major: Geography & Sustainability
Responsible for working on organizing students passionate about urban agriculture to assist in the development of the permaculture food forest and farmer's stand. Addi will also be providing more outreach around food insecurity for commuter students at ISU.
Christian Sizemore (he/him/his)
Major: Geography & Sustainability
Responsible for working on community composting initiatives in the sustainable campus. This includes vermicomposting and large-scale windrow composting. Christian is also assisting the Eco-Rep cohort with piloting a personal composting program in the residence halls.
Bella Leon (she/her/hers)
Major: Geography & Sustainability
Responsible for supervising Bluestem interns in daily operations and assisting with site visits and field trip experiences. Bella develops materials related to food justice initiatives and helps manage the Bluestem produce donations.
The Indiana State University Community Garden was started in 2008 as a community engagement effort to bring various groups that were interested in encouraging people to grow their own fresh food. Representatives from ISU, Catholic Charities, The White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, and Purdue Extension were brought together by request of President Benjamin and initiated the establishment of the community garden. Originally, the ISU Community Garden was operated through the Center for Community Engagement. The community garden became part of the Office of Sustainability when it was established in 2012.
The Office of Sustainability was one of eight programs established through the Unbounded Possibilities initiative in 2012. Unbounded Possibilities wanted programs that could boost community engagement and experiential learning, set up additional investment in those existing programs, and find new promising outlets to finance. Under the original Institute for Community Sustainability name, the office moved into the Garden House and began implementing sustainability initiatives.
In 2018, the Office of Sustainability was named and added a 6.6 watt roof mounted solar array that provides more than enough power for the entire Garden House. The Garden House is an exemplar of sustainability. The office space is always available as a meeting and gathering space for the community and campus. Contact us if you are interested in using the space. The interior of the house can fit 20 people, there are accessible walkways and entrances, and the office is equipped with a full kitchen and projector equipment.