College of Architecture and Planning

Engaging Sustainability

Changing the world requires us to protect and strengthen its future. Ball State's College of Architecture and Planning demonstrates its deep-seated emphasis on sustainability and community design in many ways, beginning with a focus on teaching students to create buildings, landscapes, and cityscapes that are sensitive to social, environmental, financial, political, international, and historical considerations.  The college prepares students to investigate real-world sustainability issues upon entering the design and planning professions. 

 CAP The College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) helps teach students about ecologically-responsible design through studios, classroom courses, workshops, simulation labs, digital fabrication technologies, and community outreach and research centers. 


Our Facilities

Here at CAP, we want our building to perform to the standards that we’re teaching in the classroom. We are continually developing our facilities to produce the smallest carbon footprint within our means. 

Architecture Building Performance
Heating Load  3,669 Mbtuh 
Hot Water  245 gpm
Cooling Load  333 tons 
Chilled Water  7990 gpm
Electricity 305,240 kWh

For more information on building performances around Ball State's campus, go to Ball State Council on the Environment. For more information about the geothermal system Ball State is implementing, go to Going Geothermal.

Our Courses

The College of Architecture and Planning offers a variety of courses focusing on environmental design and green technologies. The university also offers several interdepartmental minors in environmentally sustainable practices. If you have any questions about our courses in sustainability, please e-mail us at The university also offers an interdepartmental minor in environmentally sustainable practices.

Our Organizations

Interested in making a greener campus or learning more about environmental issues? Ball State University and the College of Architecture and Planning feature student and faculty led organizations that aim at creating a better future.

  • Ball State Energy Action Team (BEAT)
    • The Ball State Energy Action Team is a student organization created to present and publicize energy-related opportunities on Ball State's campus and increase awareness of energy-use and reduction.
  • Center for Energy Research/Education/Service (CERES)
    • The Center for Energy Research/Education/Service is an interdisciplinary academic support unit focused on issues related to energy and resource use, alternatives, and conservation. Its mission is to serve the campus, local, state, and regional communities.
  • Council on the Environment (COTE)
    • The Council on the Environment provides leadership for initiatives at Ball State University and in the surrounding community that promote the sustainable use of natural resources and the protection of ecological systems that sustain life.
  • Emerging Green Builders (EGB)
  • Global Media Network (GMN)
  • Land Design Institute (LDI) and Landlab
    • The Land Design Institute, an outreach program part of the College of Architecture and Planning, pursues a mission of ecologically and culturally responsible land design through education, research, outreach, service, and through the integration of current and future efforts into land design agenda.
  • Muncie Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC)
    • The mission of Ball State's Community Outreach Partnership Center is to integrate and expand the university's numerous outreach and applied research activities in Muncie-Delaware County.
  • Natural Resources Club
  • Students for a Sustainable Campus
    • Students for a Sustainable Campus is a grassroots organization that promotes sustainability on the Ball State University campus. Founded in 2002, the group has worked on many projects including Recycle-mania and Step It Up (a national global warming action day) and has also encouraged Housing and Dining to be more environmentally friendly by improving their recycling system and implementing a resuable bottle program.

Our Philosophy and Actions

Download our college's latest presentation to the university's Council on the Environment for an overview of our philosophy and recent accomplishments.  You can also view selected work on sustainability from our faculty and students.

Ball State University is a signatory to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. For more information, visit Presidents' Climate Commitment. Ball State is also a charter school member of of AASHE's Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS). For more information about this program, visit AASHE STARS.

College of Architecture and Planning
Architecture Building (AB), Room 104
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-5859
Fax: 765-285-3726
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