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Recognized Leader

 Jim Lowe, director of engineering, construction, and operations, examines pallets on the green roof of the geothermal North District Energy Station.
Ball State’s long-standing commitment to sustainability has also included recognition from the National Wildlife Federation, the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Kiwi and Sierra magazines, and testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In 2010, Ball State received a Second Nature Climate Leadership Award and the Hoosier Environmental Council’s Technology Innovator of the Year award in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition. Ball State was the only public institution in Indiana to be listed.

Ball State President Jo Ann M. Gora is one of the 12 founding members of the leadership circle who signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. The commitment positions Ball State to undertake climate action task force planning with a goal of climate neutrality.

The nation and world are watching our ambitious geothermal project, which is bringing visitors from as far away as Turkey and Japan. Our geothermal system has garnered attention from The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Christian Science Monitor as well as National Public Radio, the White House Blog, and the General Services Administration Blog.

Our geothermal project will be dedicated in conjunction with Greening of the Campus IX: Building Pedagogy, March 18–21. As we continue to lead in the area of sustainability, our ninth interdisciplinary conference will enable experts throughout higher education to share information on environmental issues, linking current community leaders with future visions.