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.
Click on an a topic area below to explore.
Sustainability has increasingly become a theme of IUB classes and faculty research. Learn about the integration of sustainability into academic life.
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.
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.
Our STARS Ranking
When we reported our data in 2011, we were given a STARS ranking of Silver. This ranking is valid for three years, so we will be submitting a new report this Spring to receive a new ranking.
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.
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, 18.3% received Gold ratings, 51.6% received Silver ratings, 23.7% received Bronze ratings, and 6.4% only reported, and did not receive a ranking.
How do we track data?
The data we report is measured by fiscal year. 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.
Click here to find resources for working group members aiding with the STARS data collection and reporting effort
The Real Food Challenge
Information coming soon!