Here is information that was shared at the first COTE meeting of the new school year. 

You are invited to submit the names of colleagues or community groups/members who are involved in sustainability projects that deserve recognition. Send names and a paragraph describing why recognition is deserved to COTE Secretary Peggy Weis,


Alicia White, the daughter of Dr. Gwen White in the Department of Accounting at Ball State, reported on a recent learning opportunity. She was one of 20 students selected from across the nation to attend the first Focus on the Nation week-long workshop on Mt. Hood in August.

She took away from the workshop that sustainability messages need to be personal for the receiver of the communication and that messages also should be for a particular action or situation vs. against it.


Ball State earns silver rating
As a result of personnel from Ball State’s Center for Energy Research/Education Services submitting the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) report to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) recently, Ball State earned a rating of silver for its performance.

Robert Koester, chairman of COTE, noted that Ball State was only a few points away from earning a gold rating. Ball State was one of 120 schools to earn a rating from AASHE. Most schools earned silver ratings. The highest rating a school can earn is platinum.

Letterman Building earns Silver LEED certification
It’s official. The Letterman Building is a Silver LEED building. The Letterman Building was the first building on campus to be designed and built to meet Silver LEED sustainability standards.

Upcoming events
Members of the Ball State Energy Action Team (BEAT) are planning more competitions to encourage residence hall residents to reduce their energy consumption.

Members of the Computer Technology Student Association are planning another “Erase E-Waste” collection in January 2012.


New process presented for considering COTE resolutions
Starting this year, COTE members will introduce resolutions at one meeting and vote on them no sooner than the next meeting. Members will have more time to consider resolutions under the new system.

Living Lightly Fair needs volunteers and attendees
Volunteers are sought for the Fifth Annual Living Lightly Fair, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Minnetrista.

People interested in volunteering at the event should contact Jen Warrner at For information on the Living Lightly Fair, go to

ACTION ITEMS: Anticipate (Plan, Announce)

Oct. 14 is deadline to submit paper proposals for Ball State’s Greening of Campus IX conference
The theme of Ball State’s Greening of the Campus IX conference is “Building Pedagogy.” The conference will take place March 18-21, 2012, on the campus of Ball State.

Those interested in submitting paper proposals should go to

Climate Reality Project to be live streamed globally Sept. 14
The climate crisis will be examined by looking at extreme weather events around the world. People living with the impact of climate change will tell their story. The event will feature a new multimedia presentation created by Al Gore and delivered once per hour for 24 hours in every time zone around the globe. For information, go to

Dr. John Vann, who is administers Ball State’s new sustainability minor and is COTE’s green initiatives coordinator, reported that there are at least 22 students who have declared sustainability as a minor as of fall semester. The enrollment in one of the required courses for the sustainability minor also has grown from 15-17 students to more than 55 students fall semester.

Students interested in the new sustainability minor should contact Vann at He is located in the Department of Marketing in the Miller College of Business.

The next meeting of COTE will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at the Alumni Center.

The Council on the Environment provides support for sustainability initiatives at Ball State University and the surrounding community. COTE also provides a forum for the exchange of information pertaining to sustainability – the interweaving of social, economic and environmental issues, strives to increase awareness of the sustainability implications of university and community operations, facilitates communication and education about sustainability issues, and celebrates university and community sustainability achievements.