In September of 2007, ISU’s 10th university president, Dr. Lloyd Benjamin III, codified our commitment to sustainability by signing the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Our 11th president, Dr.Dan Bradley, reinforced our commitment to sustainability by fostering the development of a climate action plan.
The ACUPCC has identified seven initiatives that participating universities may adopt in a coordinated effort to reduce stress to the environment. Indiana State University has committed to initiatives 1, 2, 4, and 7:
1. Establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard or equivalent.
2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.
3. Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by our institution.
4. Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.
5. Within one year of signing this document, begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of our institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.
6. Establish a policy or a committee that supports climate and sustainability shareholder proposals at companies where our institution's endowment is invested.
7. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national Recycle Mania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.