Energy + the Built Environment

Studying how building occupants live and work within the built environment

Climate change is becoming increasingly relevant to life on campus and the built environment is a significant portion of that. A considerable amount of energy use on campus is focused on buildings and how its occupants consume energy. Greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide, are directly related to that energy usage. Our annual campus Energy Challenge engages students, faculty and staff to make behavior change toward a more energy efficient campus.

Learn More About the Energy Challenge

Although reduced demand is one important part of a larger sustainability and energy efficiency strategy, IU recognizes that future supply shifts will be needed to reach our goals—having already taken some positive steps, such as in 2011 and into 2012, shifting the primary fuel source at the Central Heating Plant from coal to cleaner burning natural gas. As the campus works towards the goal of an 80% reduction in GHG emissions by 2050, as laid out in the Campus Energy Master Plan, IU is also committed to consistently re-examining the improving business case for large scale renewable energy.

Given the most recent climate science consensus as presented by the IPCC, Sustain IU supports more aggressive targets that are needed to avoid catastrophic climate change impacts—such as 45% GHG reduction by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050.

Goals + Progress

By aligning the 2020 Vision Goals and the Bicentennial Strategic Plan, the University is working to:

  • educate and advocate for efficiencies in energy and building use on campus; and
  • to serve the triple bottom line of aligning goals to leverage impacts on society, the environment and the economy.

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Programs + Resources

Current initiatives such as the Energy Challenge help to leverage work done by facility operations. A continuously updated collection of resources can help you sustain IU to improve energy efficiency, raise awareness among students, and integrate energy consumption and sustainability across the University.

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Working Group

Open to faculty, staff, and students across all IU campuses, members of the working group meet monthly to collaborate on sustainable energy initiatives. To join these efforts, co-chaired by Mark Menefee, Stephen (Chip) Glaholt, please contact us.

The first Tuesdays of every month except for July and September (7/9, 8/6, 9/10, 10/1, 11/5, 12/3) from 2:30PM-4:00PM at the E-House.

Sustain IU

Office of Sustainability
704 E. 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47408
Phone: 812.855.9195