Our Commitment to the Environment

  • Ball State is building largest ground source geothermal system in the country, spurring 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 is among only 21 schools in the country to make The Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll announced in 2016. Schools on this list received a perfect score of 99, covering such issues as academics, construction, food sources, and recycling. Ball State is also on the organization’s Top 50 Green Colleges list and is included in its 2016 Guide to 361 Green Colleges.
  • New construction at Ball State is designed to meet LEED silver certification or better by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED certified facilities include the David Letterman Communication and Media Building, Park Hall, Jo Ann Gora Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Kinghorn Hall, District Energy Station North, the renovated DeHority Complex, and renovated Studebaker East Complex. 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.
  • Sierra magazine included Ball State in its 2013 and 2014 lists of “Cool Schools.”
  • Ball State’s commitment to sustainability has also been recognized by the National Wildlife Federation, Kiwi magazine, and the International Sustainable Campus Network, and its Council on the Environment (COTE), the longest-standing green committee in Indiana's higher education community, received a Lugar Energy Patriot Award.
  • 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.