Indiana State recognized among sustainability leaders
Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 00:04
Indiana State University will be recognized this month as one of 20 colleges and universities working to re-stabilize the earth’s climate through education, research and community engagement.
The “Celebrating Sustainability” series highlights the sustainability initiatives of finalists for the 2013 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards.
Second Nature, a national nonprofit that works to create a healthy, just and sustainable society by transforming higher education, will formally recognize ISU on the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and Second Nature websites on April 18.
Indiana State is also vying for the top spot in a public video voting competition.
The university has produced a video that promotes the campus’s sustainability initiatives, and viewers have the opportunity to vote for the most innovative and groundbreaking institution.
Indiana State University has been working toward sustainable solutions since 1989 with its world-class recycling center and conversion from a coal burning boiler facility to an award-winning natural gas boiler facility.
Most recently, the university has stepped up its commitment to sustainability by signing the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2007, creating a climate action plan, conducting carbon footprint analyses, joining the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in 2012 and starting on Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System reporting in 2013.
This effort is capped by the university’s dedication to sustainability by funding the Institute for Community Sustainability in February of 2012.
David Hales, president of Second Nature, praised ISU’s initiative to go green.
“It takes commitment of time, will and resources to make inroads on sustainability, and Indiana State University has put forth all of the above with the establishment of its Institute for Community Sustainability,” Hales said.
Jim Speer, director of the Institute for Community Sustainability, said ISU’s investment in sustainability in a “great step forward.”
“This also positions ISU well for being a local leader in sustainability efforts,” he said.
Voting takes place throughout April in partnership with Planet Forward. To vote, visit http://planetforward.org/climate-leadership-awards-2013/.