Our Commitment to Sustainability

Ball State’s commitment to sustainability is reflected in our mission statement. We engage students in educational, research, and creative endeavors that empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives enriched by lifelong learning and service, while we enhance the economic, environmental, and social vitality of our community, our state, and our world.

Awards and Recognition

Named to the Green College Honor Roll by The Princeton Review

Received Two marks of distinction in 2018 from Second Nature

Gold STARS Rating in 2015 from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Top 50 cool schools according to the Sierra Club



Students eating lunch together.

For Ball State Dining, ‘Sustainability’ is More Than Food for Thought

Ball State Dining pursues sustainability on fronts ranging from power savings to composting to recycling.

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John Gruver

Professor battles food insecurity in East Central Indiana

Associate Professor Josh Gruver’s research led to him helping start a food hub that gives producers more stability and consumers more reliable access to fresh, local produce.

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While the tall grass burns, the team closely monitors the situation.

A Fiery Yet Natural Learning Environment

Ball State wildlife biology students climbed into their safety suits to learn how to conduct a controlled or prescribed burn at one of the properties the University manages to maintain and restore the native biodiversity.

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Our annual report on sustainability details organization, report parameters and governance used to describe the University’s environmental, economic and social performance.