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triple bottom linThe Center for a Sustainable Future is taking the lead role in further turning IU South Bend into the ideal green campus: one that has turned itself into a learning organization in which every person on campus understands the basic principles of sustainability and is putting them into practice one step at a time.

Since it's establishment in 2008, the Center has developed new sustainability curriculum, facilitated research in sustainability, and fostered civic engagement to help develop sustainability action plans.

The Center strives to engage the campus and greater Michiana communities in creating a future focused on the "triple bottom line:" choices that are good for people and the planet, as well as profits, and that take into account ecological and social performance, are promoted and encouraged by the Center.

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A sustainabilty studies sstudent learns about dual flush toilets.

Sustainability: The Journal of Record

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Unloading e-waste on campus for safe
and secure recylcing

Teaching

Our minor in Sustainability Studies features a foundations course as well as two dozen course offerings from a variety of disciplines. A graduate certificate in Strategic Sustainabiilty Leadership begins in January, 2014. Plans are in process to develop a Major in Sustainability Studies.

Research

The Center publishes a series of White Papers which are promoted through both the campus and the community. Center staff publish articles on sustainabilty curriculum and community engagement and regularly present workshops at both local and national events. Additionally, the Center facilitates research in sustainability along with civic engagement with the issue through its Fellows program. Five classes of Fellows have been recruited and actively engaged in developing and implementing sustainability projects in the community.

Civic Engagement 

The most popular public event is the annual Electronic Waste Collection held each spring. It regularly draws over 1,500 people each year and has collected a total of 1 million pounds of e-waste in the first five years of the event.
In addition, public speaking requests, presentations, and day-long workshops on sustainability have taken Center staff to classrooms and community business and organizations.