Measures of Progress: Green

Green Construction 

As part of our commitment to the environment, all new campus buildings and renovations to existing buildings are designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification guidelines. LEED certification verifies that a building was designed and built using strategies that address such standards as sustainable site selection, energy and water efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

The David Letterman Communication and Media Building and Park Hall, both of which opened in fall 2007, were designed in accordance with the university’s commitment to LEED standards and are currently under review for certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Built in part with recycled and regionally produced materials and featuring energy efficient HVAC and lighting systems, the buildings include light-filled atriums where students gather and healthy learning environments for the campus community. Kinghorn Hall and the renovated Student Recreation and Wellness Facility, both of which are under construction and will open in fall 2010, were also designed to meet LEED certification standards.

Goal 4, Objective E: All new construction will seek USGBC certification at the rating of LEED_NC Silver performance or better.
Goal 4, Objective E: All construction renovations will explore the possibility of USGBC certification at the rating of LEED_EB certified performance or better.

Commitment to the Environment 

Our Council on the Environment

(COTE), which was established in 1991 and is the longest standing green committee within Indiana’s higher education community, continues to raise awareness of and promote sustainable practices on campus. COTE, which was recognized by U.S. Senator Richard Lugar in 2007 with the Energy Patriot Award, recently worked with the university’s more than 100 administrative and academic units to create sustainability plans that address efforts related to recycling, using recycled and sustainable materials, and incorporating environmental issues into academic curricula as appropriate. The committee includes Ball State faculty, staff, and students as well as representatives from the Muncie community.

Goal 4, Objective F: By 2008, the Ball State Council on the Environment, through its representative members, will create sustainability plans for each unit represented.