We strive to collaborate with as many campus and community partners to provide sustainability programs and initiatives. On campus we want to integrate sustainability into the curriculum by partnering with academic affairs to create dynamic experiential learning opportunities and sustainability literacy. We want to integrate sustainability into the campus culture by partnering with and supporting other campus departments in sustainability projects and programming.
The sustainability movement is built upon the foundation of a strong community. We want to work with and support other community members and organizations in sustainability programming and culture building.
Campus Sustainability Month
Campus Sustainability Month is a nationwide celebration of sustainability on college campuses. Supported through the national AASHE organization, the purpose of this event is to emphasize sustainability. We intend to have programming and opportunities for all ISU community members to learn about sustainability on campus, in the community, and in their potential careers.
If you would like to host or collaborate on an event for Campus Sustainability Month, please reach out to the Graduate Sustainability Coordinator.
Earth Day is a national celebration of the land that we collectively inhabit and its purpose is to recognize our impact on the land. ISU has celebrated Earth Day for the past ten years with a large gathering of students, staff, faculty, and community members. This celebration has expanded beyond the one-day event into a week long celebration with multiple events. We work with many campus and community partners to put on these events and have a breadth of sustainability experiences during the week.
Earth Week has programs and activities that celebrate and provide education about sustainability centered on the wellbeing of our society, economy, and planet. Our programming is centered on the three components of sustainability - social, environmental, economic - and the interconnected systems that impact healthy and sustainable communities. We also want to highlight and uplift campus and community events that focus on the welleing of our society, economy, and planet.
Below is a description of our events for 2021. You can also find a shareable calendar here.
Sat 4.17 Sycamore Service Saturday / Donaghy Day @ ISU Community Garden 9:30AM-12PM
Sycamore Service Saturdays is a program that provides ervice opportunities once a month on a Saturday. The Center for Community Engagement is partnering with the ISU Community Garden to help prepare for the spring and summer gardening season.
Mon 4.19 Campus Clean Up @ Dede Plaza 1-3PM
The Office of Sustainability, Tobacco Free Blue, and the Center for Community Engagement will be doing a cigarette and trash campus cleanup to help beautify campus. Stop by and pickup trash or help assemble quit kits for individuals who are quitting tobacco.
Tues 4.20 Waste Watch @Dede Plaza from 11AM-2PM
The SSC is a coalition of organizations on campus uniting around sustainability and they are going to present a visual indicator of our food waste an dhow it relates to food insecurity in our campus community.
Tues 4.20 Biology Speaker Series @ Zoom 4PM
Dr. Michael Angilletta of Arizona State University, discusses his research entitled "Exploring potential impacts of climate change through mechanistic models of behavior and physiology" for this annual Biology Speaker Series.
Tues 4.20 Honors College Speaker @ Zoom 7-8PM
The Mura indigenous people from Brazil swore to drop the last drop of their blood to protect the Amazon rainforest from President Bolsonaro and his environmental policies. The destruction of the rainforest will release enormous quantities of greenhouse gases. Join our Honors College speaker in exploring this event.
Wed 4.21 Stop & Serve @ Dede Plaza 12-2PM
Stop and Serves were created to help give back to our community partners. Stop by the founatin to create and assemble a plarn (yarn made of recycled plastic bags) as a 10-15 minute service activity.
Wed. 4.21 Food Forest Volunteer Event @ ISU Community Garden 2-4PM
Individuals will be helping with spreading mulch at the ISU Food Forest located on the third block of the ISU Community Garden at 12th and Chestnut St. All are welcome!
Thurs 4.22 Earth Day Celebration @ The Quad 10-12
Fri 4.23 Plant, Pot, Paint @ Dede Plaza 11AM-1PM
Join the Students of Color Environmental Collective and Sustainable Agriculture Leaders for this event. They will be painting biodegradable pots and planting seeds for you to take home and watch grow.
Fri 4.23 Sycamore Pantry Event @ Dede Plaza 2-3:30PM
Join Student Health Promotion as they celebrate wellness for people and the planet through DIY project and giveaways
If your organization or department would like to participate in any events or would like to put on your own events and have support from our office, please contact the Sustainability Coordinator.
Taboo Topics is a programming series centered on facilitating dialogue about topics people often avoid having conversations about. Multicultural Services & Programs, Honors College, and our office work to provide three of these events every semester. Each Taboo Topics event invites a speaker, panel, or other educational activity during the first half and then engaging conversation around the topic presented happens during the second half.
October - People's Parks & Justice with Dr. Kera Lovell (Recorded Zoom) - People's Parks are common around the United States, in fact Bloomington, IN has one. What is not common is the knowledge and conversation about justice movements that underlie the creation of these parks. From racial justice, to environmental justice, to current housing justice issues these parks are spaces for radical movements. Join us to learn about the history of these parks and join in conversation about what can be done.
- November - CANCELED
- February - Food Justice in our Communities - (Recorded Zoom) Food justice is a perspective that the food system needs to provide equitable access to nutritious and fresh food and that this is a human right. In a discussion with Lauren Baines the director of Student Health Promotions, Rev. Dawn Black of United Campus Ministries, and Polina Kaniuka, a PhD student, we talk about the various injustices in our food system and how folks can get involved in making a more sustainable system.
- March - Representation Matters - During the month of Women's History Month and Disability Awareness Month, we are going to have a discussion about how representation matters in all aspects from media to education to business and more.
- April - Men & Masculinities - A conversation and workshop around toxic masculinity, masculinities in our communities, and how we all enact these behaviors.
Sycamore Secondhand is an on-campus reuse store during fall move-in weekend. During move-out of the residence halls at the end of the academic year, we collect items students would normally throw away. At the store, all items are priced extremely cheap. All profits go right back into creating sustainability initiatives for ISU.
If you're interested in donating prior to move-out or outside collection times, please contact the Graduate Sustainability Coordinator.
Building Sustainable Spaces at ISU is important to helping our institution uphold its commitment to sustainability and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. This program is intended to be a departmental level reporting tool that is avaialble for general office guidelines. It is based off a national metric that many other institutions across the US are utilizing. Some recommendations and items in the Building Sustainable Spaces document may not be possible with current COVID-19 protocols from the institution, so be sure to follow those first.
The Sustainable Spaces Program helps offices:
1. Determine how sustainable they're operational behaviors and actions are in a clear metric
2. Identify clear and actionable ways to improve their sustainability operations
3. Get recognition for the work they are already doing and working towards
Any member of the institution can participate in this program. All it takes is a physical space on campus that can be defined as an "office". Offices can be an individual enclosed office, a small group, or an entire department. Members of any ISU office can enroll their office in the program, but direct support from the responsible individuals for oversight should be sought.
How to Join
Each office is responsible for identifying a point person to complete the certification. The point person will complete the certification checklist, which is an easy-to-use excel spreadsheet. Once the checklist is complete, you will send it to the Sustainability Coordinator. They will contact you to talk about some of the items on the certification and ensure that items are verified. Once all items have been verified, your office will be included in the reported offices and receive a certification seal.
To remain in the Sustainable Spaces Program, offices should re-certify every year on the anniversary of their certification. This is through an update of the certification checklist.
If you would like to learn more about the Sustainable Spaces Program or have questions about the certification process, please contact the Sustainability Coordinator.
Lunch 'N Learns
The Office of Sustainability puts on monthly professional development workshops for staff + faculty + graduate employees. The Lunch 'N Learns are meant to provide education and conversation about campus sustainability issues here at ISU. These workshop sessions build a sustainability network across ISU and intend to spur conversation outside this space about sustainability.
If you would like more information about Lunch 'N Learns, please reach out to the Sustainability Coordinator.
This semester the Lunch 'N Learn sessions are virtual. Here is the Virtual Zoom link for all fall sessions.
- September 14th - Sourcing & Fair Trade - Recording passcode: 0uejt^HE
- October 12th - Environmental Justice in the Workplace - Recording passcode: #89G4B!t
- November 10th - Community Involvement - Recording passcode: *4?hPBWH
- December 15th - Composting & Waste
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.
Campus Race to Zero Waste
For a 12th time, ISU is participating in Campus Race to Zero Waste. Campus Race to Zero Waste is an annual recycling competition that takes place in the spring. The purpose for the competition among hundreds of universities across the United States and Canada is to increase recycling rates on campus and reduce our waste.