Indiana University is committed to sustainability within and beyond the Sample Gates. Our Bicentennial Strategic plan identifies “sustainability, stewardship and accountability for natural, human, and economic resources” as a core value of the University. This commitment reflects an understanding of the environmental changes we are experiencing and can expect in the future.
To put it into perspective, the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment suggests that under a high-emissions scenario, Indiana’s summer climate by 2050 will be more like that of Arkansas. Although a formidable challenge, addressing change head-on is also an opportunity to create more resilient and prosperous communities. On this last point, IU is like any other large organization, where reducing our greenhouse gas (GHG) impact is very often the smart thing financially. IU has been working in this area of alignment between energy conservation and GHG reduction both on campus and off, and in keeping with our academic mission, students are involved every step of the way.