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As you will learn from our links and menus on this page, our university community has adopted a Statement on Sustainability. We are a signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and the Talloires Declaration, and we are a charter school member of the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS).  We have integrated sustainability into our Unit-level Strategic Plans and are installing a 47-building Geothermal District Heating and Cooling System to reduce our Greenhouse gas emissions.

We host biennial Greening of the Campus (GOC) Conferences and our Council on the Environment (COTE) is the longest-standing such committee among colleges and universities in Indiana.  We offer a broad range of academic programs that engage sustainability, and we sponsor student groups such as the Ball State Energy Action Team (BEAT), Emerging Green Builders (EGB), the Natural Resources Club (NRC), and Students for Responsible Consumerism (SRC).

Finally, we encourage you to survey and/or use our STARS reporting tool: Mapping Sustainability at Ball State.

For further information, please contact:

Ball State University Council on the Environment

Telephone: 765.285.1135
Fax: 765.285.5622

Featured News Items:

  • New Ball State arboretum earns national accreditation from global network ArbNet.
  • View a trailer for the student-produced documentary "The Greening of Middletown."
  • Ball State University made The Princeton Review's new "Top 50 Green Colleges" ranking list in the organization's publication, "The Princeton Review's Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition".
  • The Chevrolet Clean Energy Campus Campaign (with Ball State University as the Pilot institution) received a "Top Project of the Year Award" in the third annual Environmental Leader Product and Projects Awards.  The program has also earned an Innovative Partnerships Certificate from the Climate Leadership Award Program of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The Chevrolet Campaign engaged hundreds of stakeholders spanning the education, energy, carbon, auditing, and nonprofit sectors to develop a way for campuses to draw on a new source of funding – carbon credits from the voluntary carbon market – to help further their large-scale energy efficiency efforts.
  • Ball State University will tackle energy conservation and "Embrace the Dark Side" by competing in the 2015 Ball State Energy Challenge. For three weeks, students, faculty and staff in residence halls and academic buildings will participate in the challenge by taking steps to reduce Ball State's carbon footprint by turning off lights, unplugging appliances and attending fun events such as Dinner in the Dark.  For more details about these events and the competition, visit
  • Read a feature Ball State Newcenter article on LEED certifications for new buildings on campus.
  • Ball State President Emerita Jo Ann M. Gora is a founding signatory of Second Nature's "Alliance for Resilient Campuses" program.
  • President Emerita Jo Ann M. Gora received the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Center for Green Schools 2013 President's Award.  Watch President Emerita Gora's acceptance speech.
  • Progressing Campus Sustainability:  Ball State University joins the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN).  The ISCN provides a global forum to support leading colleges, universities, and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices for achieving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and teaching.
  • Presidential Voices Interview Series: Jo Ann M. Gora, Ball State University.  AASHE's "Presidential Voices"  interview series features conversations with heads of higher education institutions who are inspiring sustainability leaders.
  • Ball State received a gold rating from the AASHE STARS program.  Learn more about the gold rating.

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