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Good News in Campus Sustainability!
June 2017
From the Director's Desk

Bad news about sustainability on the national and international level is easy to find and it can contribute to feelings of despair and hopelessness. Hidden in the fast-flowing end-of-semester rush and the national news cycle was a raft of good news in the month of May for SustainIU. You don't have to look far to be encouraged. Join us as we take a good news break.

We marked a decade of Student Sustainability Interns with the hiring of our Summer '17 Cohort. Over 300 intern alumni are now working around the world to improve it. We celebrated this milestone by launching a new outreach and engagement program, the Indiana Sustainability Development Program, placing 15 McKinney Family Sustainability Fellows and Scholars with employers across the corporate, local government, and non profit sectors in Indiana. A three-day sustainability training "boot camp" sent them on their way in early May.

Our annual Sustainability Tracking Assessment Rating System report (STARS) revealed that IUB has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 39% from 2010 levels, and IU received national accolades for sustainability courses and faculty research.

It's incredible what we can accomplish together. None of this is possible without the persistence and ingenuity of our interns, the hard work of hundreds of faculty and staff choosing sustainability daily, and the support of our generous volunteers and donors. If you enjoyed this good sustainability news break and would like to be a part of the solution, please join us by volunteering with SustainIU or giving to the SustainIU fund.

Bill Brown, University Director of Sustainability

IU Bloomington receives STARS Gold rating for Sustainability Achievements
Indiana University Bloomington receives high marks for its advancements in sustainability in operations, academics, engagement, planning, and administration from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. “STARS,” or Sustainability Tracking Assessment Rating System, rates universities worldwide for their commitment to greenhouse gas reductions, waste diversion, dynamic student research, and more.

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IU invests $55 million into combatting climate change
Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie has announced that IU will invest $55 million to finding solutions to the effects of climate change in Indiana. The grant, part of IU’s Grand Challenges program, seeks to protect Hoosier livelihoods, health, agriculture and the environment.  

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IU Tree Inventory Gains National Attention  

SustainIU is all about creating high impact learning experiences for students while solving campus and regional environmental challenges. IU Bloomington saved nearly $400,000 by hiring sustainability interns to lead the tree inventory initiative. The inventory was noted as an Exemplary Practice by STARS. Watch Zoe Need explain the campus tree inventory below. To support the work of our office, including student intern projects, consider giving to SustainIU.


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IU Invests in New All-Electric Cars
IU purchased four 2017 Nissan Leafs to add to their transportation fleet! These slick-new rides will help IU's faculty and staff decrease their carbon footprint. The first campus EV charging station was also installed, with plans to install more across campus.

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IU Office of Sustainability celebrates its 10th year of interns!  
The legacy of the Sustainability Internship program continues to grow. Programs like the Energy Challenge, Hoosier to Hoosier Sale, and campus working groups are thriving under the leadership of these bright and energetic students. Click on the link to learn more about the 2017 Summer Intern cohort and what they do.
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