Our Commitment to the Environment

  • Ball State is building largest ground source geothermal system in the country, which will spur jobs throughout Indiana and the nation. When the project is complete, the system will heat and cool buildings throughout the 731-acre campus, cutting the university's carbon footprint roughly in half and saving about $2 million a year in energy costs.
  • Ball State was featured in The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition. Recognized for the fifth year, we are the first public institution in Indiana to be listed among the most environmentally responsible colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada.
  • New construction at Ball State is designed to meet LEED silver certification or better by the U.S. Green Building Council. Since 2007, the David Letterman Communication and Media Building, Park Hall, and the renovated DeHority Complex have received silver certification. The renovated Studebaker East Complex and the new District Energy Station North received gold certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
  • The university as a whole earned a STARS Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS—for Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System—applies to the entire campus and takes into account, among many other factors, social responsibility and an institution's overall environmental stewardship.
  • In 2010, Ball State received a Second Nature Climate Leadership Award, recognizing one of the best examples of how institutions of higher education are shifting behavior on campus and within communities to make a low-carbon economy possible, and the Hoosier Environmental Council's Technology Innovator of the Year award.
  • In 2012, the International Sustainable Campus Network named Ball State the winner of its first Excellence in Integration Award.
  • Sierra magazine included Ball State in its 2013 list of “Cool Schools.”
  • The Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO) recognized Ball State with its 2011 Outstanding Commitment to Sustainability Award. The Residence Hall Energy Challenge, a competition to reduce energy consumption, was cited as an exemplary initiative with a collaborative approach.
  • The National Wildlife Federation's (NWF) Campus Environment 2008 Report Card includes Ball State among schools that "have taken the lead in setting and reviewing goals for conservation and environmental or sustainability issues." NWF cited our academic programs as well as our commitment to recycling and green landscaping and grounds management.
  • Kiwi magazine named Ball State as one of "75 institutions of higher learning that are protecting the planet" in its 2008 Green College Report.
  • Ball State was featured in a full chapter of a 2008 book touting the nation's top sustainability initiatives at colleges and universities.
  • Ball State's Council on the Environment (COTE) received the August 2007 Lugar Energy Patriot Award. COTE is the longest-standing green committee in Indiana's higher education community.
  • The Center for Energy Research/Education/Service (CERES) has received awards from the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Wildlife Federation, American Institute of Architects, Sustainable Buildings Industry Council, and State of Indiana for its innovative programs and projects in environmental education.