The IU Office of Sustainability’s mission is to catalyze a thriving culture of sustainability across all campus units, championing environmental health, economic prosperity, and social equity on our campus.
A little more about two of our priority initiatives:
Studying Sustainability For All – Student Research Development Grants
This award program supports Indiana University student efforts to develop new research programs related to sustainability and is part of the IU Office of Sustainability’s broad-based sustainability initiative. Offering $2,000-$10,000, the grant supports high-quality, innovative approaches to basic and applied student research. Studies addressing sustainability bring together environmental science, public policy, social science, and the humanities with a commitment to resource stewardship, assessment and mitigation of environmental impacts of human activity, and institutional and societal response to environmental challenges. The program directly addresses a variety of priorities in the Indiana University Bicentennial Strategic Plan related to excellence in research and the commitment to undergraduate and graduate student success.
IU Tree Inventory
IU’s trees are beautiful and play an important role in maintaining the image and brand of IU. At the same time, they play an important role in the sustainability of the campus landscape: producing shade that reduces energy costs, sequestering carbon to mitigate climate change, contributing to soil and water quality, and creating a natural and accessible respite for faculty, staff, and students. The IU tree inventory is a student-run effort—in collaboration with the IU Office of Sustainability and the IU Architect’s Office—to create an up-to-date inventory of every tree on the IU campus. The inventory can help IU save money on landscape management and ensure that the resource is protected for the future.
Read more about the tree inventory: http://inside.indiana.edu/features/stories/2015-09-02-iub-tree-inventory.shtml
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