Ball State to host higher education sustainability summit

Topics: Sustainability/Environment, Administrative

February 13, 2008

Ball State University will host the 2008 Sustainability Summit for Indiana Colleges and Universities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Alumni Center, near Bethel and Tillotson avenues.

Sponsored by Ball State, the Office of Academic Research and Sponsored Programs, the Council on the Environment, Access Technology Across Indiana and the Indiana Innovation Network, the summit will feature speakers and panelists from institutions of higher education from across the state. Topics of discussion will relate to campus sustainability, including curriculum development, facilities management and administration.

An optional tour of the David Letterman Communication and Media Building and the Straw Bale Structure will follow.

The Letterman Building will soon be LEED certified, a distinction given to high-performance green buildings for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

The Straw Bale Structure, located at a Ball State field station on the Cooper-Skinner farm in northwest Muncie, is a facility created as an immersive learning experience for Ball State students, constructed with a variety of sustainable materials including straw bales, laminated veneer lumber and fly ash.

This event is free and open to the public, but participants must register in advance. For registration, directions and more information, visit www.indianainnovation.com/events/2007/sustainability.asp or contact Justin Miller, Office of Academic Research and Sponsored Programs proposal manager, at 765-285-5085.

By Jennifer Strempka

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