Sustainability Tracking & Reporting

Sustainability Indicators

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The sustainability indicators are a set of key metrics to help us track our progress towards long-term goals of campus sustainability. The metrics are intended to reflect the vision defined by the Campus Master Plan and 2020 Vision Statement. As we improve our methods of data collection, new indicators will be added and updated each year.

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Sustainability has increasingly become a theme of IUB classes and faculty research. Learn about the integration of sustainability into academic life. 

Buildings & Energy

IU-Bloomington’s beautiful limestone architecture has an ecological footprint. Learn about energy, water use, and their environmental impact


How sustainable are our computing practices? Explore some ways IUB has evaluated technology’s impact on the environment.


Has Big Red’s campus become more green? Land use and quality practices demonstrate our sustainability goals in action.


We are what we eat. See how we track sustainable food practices.


Student and community support bring us closer to our 2020 sustainability goals. Check out the growth and diversity of Hoosier involvement.

Resource Use

Reduce, reuse, recycle. Learn about our progress addressing waste management at IUB.


IUB is on the move! From bikes to buses, learn how people commute around campus and the community.

STARS Reporting

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Our STARS Ranking

When we reported our data in 2011, we earned a STARS ranking of Silver, and were only the 7th insitution to use this new benchmarking tool. In 2017, we renewed our rating by sumitting under the STARS 2.1 system, and received a Gold ranking. This rating is valid for three years, although we intend to re-report in Spring 2018.

What is STARS?

STARS stands for Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System. This is a self-reporting tool used by higher-education institutions to measure their sustainability progress.  It is a way to encourage information-sharing and allows us to compare our institution to those of our peers. As of January 2016, there were 557 rated colleges and universities, mainly across the U.S. and Canada.

Learn about AASHE's Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System (STARS 2.0)

How do we measure up to other schools?

Of all the institutions reported, 31.1% received Gold ratings, 46.5% received Silver ratings, 16.1% received Bronze ratings, and 5.9% reported, but did not receive a ranking.  

How do we track data?

The data we report is measured on a yearly basis. This is mostly data that has already been measured by various parties across campus. This is then collected and entered into the STARS system. Several categories in the STARS report ask us to compare our data across the years to see what progress we've made. 


View IU Bloomington's most recent STARS Report, or the report for IUPUI in Indianapolis.

Click here to find resources for working group members aiding with the STARS data collection and reporting effort


The Real Food Challenge

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Information about the Real Food Challenge and on IU Bloomington's food assessments can be found on the Real Food Challenge program page.