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Butler to Begin Composting Dining Hall Food Waste

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PUBLISHED ON Apr 13 2015

Butler University will begin a yearlong program to compost food waste from its dining halls on Tuesdays and Fridays, beginning April 14.

The University has hired the local composting service Green With Indy, which will pick up all compostable waste and bring it to GreenCycle of Indiana, where it will be turned into natural fertilizer.
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“It’s a really big deal that we’re composting,” Butler Sustainability Coordinator McKenzie Beverage said. “Not many universities do it. It’s a relatively new thing, and it’s hard to overcome some of the barriers—like funding. We’re lucky because we have these two organizations in town that make it easy for us.”

Students will not have to separate their trash—or do anything different, really. On those two days, the trash cans will be replaced with composting bins.

Students from Beverage’s Sustainability Practicum class will be in the dining areas to provide information about the new program.

According to Greg Walton of Green With Indy, composting has a number of benefits:

-Food waste will be converted to a fertilizer that can used to create healthier, local food sources.

-Pesticides, herbicides and lead in our soil have been linked to developmental issues in children. Composting inactivates these harmful elements.

-Composting eliminates chemical run-off into our rivers, ponds and streams ... our sources of drinking water.

-Food waste in landfills creates methane and carbon dioxide gases, which contributes to climate change.

The Student Government Association’s Council on Presidential Affairs funded the lion’s share of the one-year contract. Lambda Chi Alpha, which was awarded an SGA grant, also donated to the costs, and a Staff Training and Enrichment Program mini-grant series helped with start-up costs.

During an audit of Butler’s trash in April 2014, Beverage found 600 pounds each of trash, food waste, and recyclables thrown away on just one day. (She plans to conduct another waste audit on April 16 from noon to 2:00 p.m. near Norris Plaza.

For the past year, she has challenged her Sustainability Practicum class to come up with ways for Butler to reduce food waste.

Among the ideas now being put into action:

  • Getting students to take a food waste pledge, which includes easy-to-do things like making a grocery list so they don’t overbuy and end throwing food away, and eating leftovers first before they make something new.
  • Offering home composting kits to some faculty and staff, including worms to eat through the food waste.
  • Creation of a Butler chapter of the Food Recovery Network—the second in Indiana, which collects prepared food that wasn’t eaten and donates it to a shelter.
  • Volunteering at the IUPUI Campus Kitchen, where they cook donated food and bring it to shelters.

“My experience with Food Recovery Network has been so rewarding because it has such a powerful mission,” said Lauren Wathen, one of the founding Food Recovery Network chapter members. “Not only does it reduce waste, but also it provides resources for those who need them, and I think that is invaluable.”

 

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Butler U, You've Got a Lovely Campus

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PUBLISHED ON Mar 31 2015

The beauty of Butler University’s campus has been recognized by two organizations, and a third—the NCAA—will be helping to beautify it even more by donating three trees that were planted near Schwitzer Hall on March 31 to commemorate the beginning of Earth Month.

For the third consecutive year, Butler has earned Tree Campus USA recognition. The national program, launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.
Sophomore Marisa Heiling and James Conner, Grounds Supervisor, planted trees outside Schwitzer Hall on March 31 to kick off Earth Month.

To obtain this distinction, Butler University met the five core standards for effective campus forest management: a tree advisory committee; a campus tree-care plan; dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program; an Arbor Day observance; and student service-learning project.

Butler’s 295-acre campus is home to over 100 different species of trees.

“Our campus is a green oasis,” said Rebecca Dolan, Director of the Friesner Herbarium. “These trees provide ecological services that everyone in the community benefits from, including cleaning the air, cooling adjacent buildings in summer, and decreasing storm water runoff. Many members of Butler University’s grounds staff have worked here over 20 years. They know each tree and provide excellent care. Tree Campus USA recognition acknowledges this commitment.”

Butler also is being recognized by the Indiana Wildlife Federation (IWF) as a sustainably landscaped campus. The recognition will be officially announced at an Earth Day celebration on April 22. More about the Butler certification is here.

The IWF noted that schools “do not need to sacrifice aesthetics for sustainability when designing and maintaining campus grounds. Environmental stewardship can reduce campuses’ impacts on Indiana’s ecosystems while enhancing their visual appeal and reducing maintenance costs.”

Butler Sustainability Coordinator McKenzie Beverage said the IWF certification “is a wonderful way to shine a light on the great things our facilities staff is currently doing to conserve resources and improve natural habitats on campus, while also providing a focus and context to think about what we could be doing better.”

Beverage also said the University will be adding three trees—two red maples and a white oak—to the campus landscape. The trees were planted March 31—the two maples between the sidewalk and the street along Hampton Drive, the oak near the walkway to the main entrance of Schwitzer.

The NCAA and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful partnered to plant 26 trees at seven higher education and neighborhood community facilities in the greater Indianapolis area to commemorate the seventh time that Indianapolis has hosted the men’s Final Four.

 

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Kiplinger Again Labels Butler a 'Best Value in Private Colleges'

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PUBLISHED ON Dec 17 2014

 

 

 

 

Butler University has made Kiplinger Personal Finance’s list of the best values in private colleges for 2015.

_D7W1078The list, which includes 100 private universities from across the country, can be found at Kiplinger.com/links/college.

Butler ranked 60th overall—up one spot from 2014.

Butler also finished 194th among all schools. This was the first time the magazine put together a combined list.

Kiplinger said its rankings "reward schools that meet our definition of value – a high-quality education at an affordable price. Among the factors that we consider: high four-year graduation rates, low student-faculty ratios, reasonable price tags, generous need-based aid for students who qualify and low student debt."

Butler President James M. Danko said the findings demonstrate that “Butler is committed to providing a strong return on the investment that students—and their families—make in their education.”

The complete rankings include the top schools overall as well as the best values in public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges. The rankings will also appear in the February 2015 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands January 6, 2015.

Kiplinger’s rankings measure academic quality and affordability. Academic criteria include the student admission rate (the number of students accepted out of those who apply), the test scores of incoming freshmen, the ratio of students to faculty members, and the four- and five-year graduation rates. On the value side, Kiplinger’s measures total cost of attendance, the availability and average amount of need-based and merit-based financial aid, and the average student debt at graduation.

This is the sixth time Butler has appeared in the Kiplinger rankings. In recent years, the University was No. 66 (in 2010), No. 84 (2011), No. 73 (2012), and No. 61 (2014).

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For Professor Boyd, It's Out With the Cage and In With the Schubert

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PUBLISHED ON Nov 17 2014

With the release of her new CD, Butler University Associate Professor of Piano Kate Boyd is finishing one project and starting another.

The disc, John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes/In a Landscape, which was just released by Navona Records, is the culmination of two years of work that included performances and presentations at Butler and all over the world.

kate_boyd2Boyd’s next chapter is a program of Schubert, Berg, Chopin, and Prokofiev, which she will perform January 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall, as part of the “Piano at Butler” series. The event is free and open to the public without tickets.

“The John Cage project was very gratifying and took on a life of its own, with many opportunities to work with students, present at conferences, and perform this unique work,” she said. “Now that this project is complete, I am looking forward to turning my attention back to more standard piano literature and to the voices of composers from other time periods and nationalities.”

On her Navona Records debut, Boyd performs two pieces by Cage (1912-1992) that show his range. “Sonatas and Interludes” makes use of prepared piano, a concept created by Cage, that includes using screws, nuts, bolts, pieces of rubber and other items to make the piano sound more like a percussion ensemble than a standard instrument.

By contrast, “In a Landscape” is a minimalist piece with light, ethereal, and recurring themes.

“I’d always been interested in ‘Sonatas and Interludes,’ and I thought it would be a good time to learn it for the occasion of his centenary,” Boyd said. “You have to prepare 45 of the 88 notes on the piano, so it takes about two hours to prepare. He’s very specific about how to do that, and included a detailed chart in the music. He invented the concept of prepared piano—even the name ‘prepared piano.’”

Boyd started work on the Cage project while she was on sabbatical in 2012. She performed it more than 15 times in England, Canada, and throughout the United States, and also presented talks at various conferences, including in Malaysia and Germany.

The release of the CD, which was the culmination of the project, earned a rave review from the blog Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, which said: “Anyone serious about 20th century modern music needs to have a recording of the "Sonatas and Interludes" in her or his collection. Ideally one might have two, one for a more percussive interpretation and then this one by Kate Boyd.”

Now Boyd has turned her attention to her upcoming recital, which will include a performance of the rarely heard Piano Sonata by Alban Berg, a single-movement work written while the composer was under the tutelage of Arnold Schoenberg. The recital will also feature Prokofiev’s seventh piano sonata, a virtuosic tour de force written in 1943, later to become known as one of the composer’s three “War Sonatas."

“While Sonatas and Interludes was an exploration of the percussive qualities of the piano, the music in my upcoming solo program will exploit the lyrical, singing capabilities of the instrument,” she said.

Boyd holds performance degrees from Stony Brook University, the Oberlin Conservatory, and the Hannover Academy of Music in Germany. In addition to being a Butler faculty member for nine years, she is on the faculty of the internationally renowned Interlochen Arts Camp in Northern Michigan.

In 2013, Boyd received an Indiana Arts Commission Grant; four years earlier, she earned an Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Arts Renewal Fellowship. Her other awards and prizes include a Fulbright scholarship to Cologne, Germany, and fellowships at the Tanglewood Center, Blossom Music Center, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and Prussia Cove.

“I am grateful to the Butler Awards Committee and the Indiana Arts Commission for funding this recording project,” Boyd said. “It is very rewarding to have had the opportunity to add my interpretation of these two works by John Cage to the body of recordings that represent his work.”

 

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President Danko's Statement Regarding Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig

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PUBLISHED ON Nov 16 2014

Butler University President James M. Danko today released this statement regarding Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig:

Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig had traveled to Lebanon in 2012 to provide medical and humanitarian assistance to those in need. He founded Special Emergency Response and Assistance, an aid organization for Syrian refugees. He approached life selflessly and courageously, and he upheld the Butler ideal of trying to make the world a better place.

The Butler community joins millions around the world in prayer and support for the Kassig family and for Abdul-Rahman's cause in the Middle East.

James M. Danko
President, Butler University

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Message of the Stand Tall Project: We're Here and We Care

BY Sarvary Koller '15

PUBLISHED ON Oct 13 2014

Students and members of the Butler community have gathered across campus this fall to answer a question: What would you say to a survivor of sexual violence?

“I admire your strength,” one said.

“It’s not your fault,” added another.

“Speak up,” said a third. “We’re here to listen.”

Noelle Rich '16 started the Stand Tall Project. (photos by Moe Simmons)
Noelle Rich '16 started the Stand Tall Project. (photos by Moe Simmons)

 

They wrote their messages on a whiteboard and got their picture taken in support of the Stand Tall Project, an initiative by Noelle Rich ’16, a Psychology and Sociology double major and second-year resident assistant in Ross Hall.

Rich said she started the initiative to tap into the energy surrounding the issue of sexual violence and assault on campus. Her three goals for the project are to raise awareness of sexual violence, support survivors, and eliminate blaming the victim. (Check out the Stand Tall Facebook page here.)

She presented the idea to Sarah Boeckmann, Ross Hall Residence Life Coordinator, after a residence life staff meeting early this semester. Boeckmann said she jumped on the chance to support Rich and promote an important issue on campus.

“I think sexual assault is an issue that is growing,” she said. “It’s also an issue that sometimes gets shoved under the rug. People don’t always like to talk about it, but it’s so important for survivors to know that there is support out there.”

The large amount of support from the Butler community encouraged Rich to take the project even further. Rich said she is working to form a Stand Tall Butler student organization dedicated to raising awareness of sexual assault and creating an environment of safety and support on campus.

Rich recognized that students who participated took their time thinking of a message. Some students took five minutes to jot down their message, while others took 20 minutes. Rich took an entire day before coming up with “You are a beautiful human being. We need you.”

Residence Life Coordinator Sarah Boeckmann
Residence Life Coordinator Sarah Boeckmann
Sarah Barnes Diaz, Coordinator for Health Education and Outreach Programs
Sarah Barnes Diaz, Coordinator for Health Education and Outreach Programs

 

“I think sometimes people think their self-worth goes down after they have been assaulted,” she said. “I think it’s really important to remind people that they are valuable and we need them here.”

Sarah Barnes Diaz, Butler University Coordinator for Health Education and Outreach Programs, also spent the night thinking it over before putting her marker to the whiteboard.

“It seems so simple,” Diaz said, “but, when you’re asked to write a message to a survivor of sexual assault, it forces you to think about what it would be like to be a survivor of sexual assault. It forces you to think about what you can do to end someone from ever being victimized in the first place.”

No matter how long it took to craft the message, the message rang loud and clear: Butler University students are passionate about preventing sexual violence and supporting survivors.

Rich said she plans to expand upon the project next semester by asking students to write open letters to survivors of sexual violence. She plans to post the letters online to offer survivors an easy access point to support and personal messages from Butler peers.

“If a survivor needs emotional support or even just a message that reminds them of their strength,” she said, “it could be a place where they could go and easily find that.”

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United Way Designates Butler a 'Company That Cares'

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PUBLISHED ON Oct 10 2014

Butler University is among a select group in the six-county Central Indiana area that has earned the Company that Cares distinction for results during the 2013 United Way of Central Indiana annual workplace campaign.ctc-logo-jpg

United Way awards the designation to organizations that reach their fundraising or participation goal and achieve benchmarks in volunteer community participation, leadership giving, and more. Companies that Care also excel in educating employees about community needs and the best ways to meet them, and exemplify the spirit of volunteerism by allowing employees to give time to United Way programs or its agencies.

A United Way representative will present the award at Staff Assembly on Wednesday, October 22.

The United Way of Central Indiana said Butler has been a generous partner for more than 20 years. In 1991, the University raised $25,087.52, and contributions have grown significantly since then. Overall, Butler has raised $595,696.23 over the life of the campaign. The United Way credited 2013 Employee Campaign Chairs James Cramer, Community Engagement Manager for Clowes Memorial Hall, and Jeanne VanTyle, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, for generously volunteering their time and energy to make the campaign such a success at the University.

In the last three years, Butler University has received the following awards and recognition from United Way: A Company that Cares (2013), Breakthrough Campaign (2013), Top 200 Companies (2013), Top 200 Companies (2012), and Top 200 Companies (2011).

"Being named a Company that Cares is a very special honor,” United Way President and CEO Ann D. Murtlow said. “It means that you are an organization providing community leadership through your commitment to United Way’s mission of helping people learn more, earn more, and lead safe and healthy lives.”

Honorees each receive a showcase sculpture and the use of the Company that Cares logo in communications materials.

“For us to be recognized by United Way, an organization that is doing their part to help the community, is a big honor,” said Josh Downing, head of Butler’s Staff Assembly.

 

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For All the Dogs We've Loved Before, A Memorial

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PUBLISHED ON Sep 26 2014

Butler’s beloved bulldogs got their final resting place on Friday, a granite, brick, and bronze doghouse outside Hinkle Fieldhouse where the remains of Blue I, Blue II, and all future mascots will be laid to rest.

Michael Kaltenmark said the bulldog memorial is "a timeless relic."
Michael Kaltenmark said the bulldog memorial is "a timeless relic.

 

The University dedicated the dog house/columbarium (urn storage) and bronze bulldog sculpture with a ceremony that honored the dogs and blessed the current mascot, Trip.

“By working in cooperation with some very important people, what I believe we have constructed here is a timeless relic, built to last, which serves as a point of pride and appropriate tribute to the lovable Butler Bulldog,” said Michael Kaltenmark, Director of External Relations and the owner of Blue II and Trip.

Donors to the memorial included the Class of 2013. Michael Couch, president of the class, said the Live Bulldog Mascot program came into its own during his class’ years as Butler students. Media made a star of Blue II during Butler’s 2010 and 2011 NCAA Final Four runs, and Kaltenmark built on Blue’s fame with innovative blogging and other social media, countless personal appearances, and a children’s book, but Kaltenmark and Blue “always remembered that their first fans were the students and alumni of Butler.”

“The Class of 2013 hopes this memorial stands as a testament to the determination, loyalty, and pride of all Butler Bulldogs—four-footed and two-footed—for many years to come,” he said.

Butler President James M. Danko said the bulldogs are more than just mascots—they’re family dogs that comfort our students when they’re homesick, celebrate birthdays across our community, play starring roles in videos and children’s books, and help us cheer on our teams.

Blue I, who died in May, Blue II, who died in 2013, and Trip all have served as a unifying force across our campus and our city, he said. Everyone, Butler alum or not, loves our Butler bulldogs.

“In this wonderful community of learning, we will be forever grateful for the things our bulldogs have awakened in us: above all, that special happiness that can only come from loving—and being loved—by an animal,” Danko said. “May Blue I and Blue II rest in peace, and we look forward to Trip having a long and happy tenure.”

 

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Bulldog Memorial to Be Unveiled During Homecoming

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PUBLISHED ON Sep 22 2014

Butler University will unveil a new memorial to its bulldog mascots at the Butler Bowl entrance on Friday, September 26, at 4:00 p.m., as part of Homecoming.

The memorial, which was adopted as a project by the Class of 2013 and became its official class gift, features:

bulldoggiftrendering0714-A custom dog house/columbarium (urn storage) designed and constructed by Millennium Monument Company with a granite and brick façade to match Hinkle Fieldhouse. Each dog's remains will be stored inside niches contained inside the dog house columbarium. Bronze plaques on the side of the dog house will denote which dogs' remains are contained inside.

-A bronze bulldog sculpture, crafted in Blue II's likeness, by artist Dale Johnson of Ohio.

On the side of the doghouse will be a plaque dedicated to the bulldogs that represented Butler in years past, starting with Blue I and Blue II.

The September 26 dedication ceremony also will celebrate the lives of Blue I and Blue II.

"At Butler, the likes of Butler Blue I, II, III, and the bulldogs who have gone before them, are considered to be more than just mascots,” said Michael Kaltenmark, Butler’s Director of External Relations and the owner of Blue III. “Each of our English bulldogs has come to be considered a beloved member of the Butler family during their tenure. Now through the creation of this memorial, we can both honor and always remember their tireless work to proudly represent the University."

Blue I, who died in May at age 13, began the live mascot program in 2000. She was owned by Kelli Walker, who worked in Butler’s Office of Alumni and Parent Programs from 1998–2004.

Butler Blue I made her inaugural appearance on the court of Hinkle Fieldhouse, carried in the arms of the costumed bulldog mascot (now known as “Hink”). In addition to attending men’s and women’s basketball games—where she rallied with the cheerleaders and the Dawg Pound before retiring to the bleachers to sleep—Blue I attended other collegiate sporting events and made regular visits to classrooms, residence halls, campus events, staff and faculty events, and commencement. At the annual Rejoice holiday concert, she rode a sleigh across stage to the tune of “Blue Christmas.”

Blue II, an American Kennel Club-registered dog, became known as “America’s Dog” in 2010 and 2011 when the Butler men’s basketball team played for the NCAA national championship. Blue appeared on the floor of every Butler men’s basketball home game, select away games, and the 2010 and 2011 Final Four games.

Blue II died in September 2013. He was 9. When his death was announced, CBSSports.com wrote, “College basketball lost over the weekend what was arguably its most famous mascot.”

 

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Butler Hires Real Estate Consultants to Find Retail Tenants for Parking Facility

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PUBLISHED ON Sep 22 2014

Butler University today announced it has retained local real estate consultants CBRE to find high-quality retail tenants to fill 15,000 square feet of space in its new 1,038-space campus parking facility, which will be completed in August 2015. The facility will be built on an existing parking lot between Clowes Memorial Hall and Lake Road on Sunset Avenue.

Rendering - North“We are excited to work with industry leaders at CBRE to find great tenants to occupy this new facility and provide our students and our neighbors with direct access to restaurants and businesses,” said Butler University President James M. Danko. “Butler has always prided itself on being a vibrant contributor to the Indianapolis community, and we will work closely with CBRE to make sure we continue to uphold that reputation.”

CBRE’s retail leasing efforts will be led by Donna Hovey, Vice President of Retail. Hovey is an experienced retail broker whose practice includes Landlord and Tenant representation. Clients have included Marsh Supermarkets, Regions Bank, Starbucks, and Exxon Mobil.

CBRE’s Public Institutions and Education group will be represented locally by Gordon Hendry, former Director of Economic Development for the City of Indianapolis. The group has assisted numerous states, cities, counties, and universities, including at present the states of New York, Maryland, and Florida; cities of Indianapolis; Bloomington, Indiana; Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; and George Washington University and The Ohio State University.

“This is an opportunity for CBRE and our team to work with a well-known, highly regarded academic institution that’s a core part of a city neighborhood,” said CBRE Indianapolis office Managing Director John Merrill. “We’ll draw on expertise both from our retail team and our education group to make sure Butler is getting the best deal and the best tenants.”

 

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Butler Breaks Ground on New Parking Facility

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PUBLISHED ON Sep 18 2014

Butler University broke ground Thursday, September 18, on a 1,038-space multi-use parking facility located on the lot behind the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts along Sunset Avenue.

Construction of the five-story parking structure, which is anticipated to open in August 2015, will begin this fall.

President James M. Danko and Board of Trustees Chair Keith Burks at the September 18 groundbreaking. "It's another great day to be a Bulldog," Burks said.
President James M. Danko and Board of Trustees Chair Keith Burks at the September 18 groundbreaking. "It's another great day to be a Bulldog," Burks said.

 

The multi-use facility will include approximately 15,000 square feet of commercial and office space on the ground level.

“This represents a transformation of this area of midtown Indy,” Butler President James M. Danko said at an afternoon groundbreaking ceremony attended by trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, and neighbors.

The parking facility will serve the needs of faculty, staff, and commuter students, as well as event parking demand for Hinkle Fieldhouse, Clowes Memorial Hall, and the Schrott Center. The retail space is likely to house restaurants and businesses catering to both the campus community and surrounding neighborhoods.

The new multi-use parking facility has been in the planning phase for approximately 18 months. In addition to conducting a thorough parking analysis and gaining extensive input from campus stakeholders, the University consulted with the Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association, Midtown Indianapolis, Inc., and the City of Indianapolis.

Ted Feeney, President of the Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association, said the project will “enhance the workability, bikeability and overall appeal of our neighborhood.... We welcome the continued progress of Butler University.”

The parking garage is one of multiple projects in the works on the east side of campus. The University and City of Indianapolis began work in April on the Sunset Avenue Streetscape initiative, which will improve community safety and way-finding, while beautifying the public gateways to campus. The initial phase of the Streetscape project will primarily involve Sunset Avenue north of Hampton Drive, including a major reconfiguration of the 49th Street curve.

The Board of Trustees also has approved the development of a state-of-the-art student-housing facility with approximately 600 modern, suite-style beds. Construction of the student-housing facility is expected to begin in spring 2015 with completion in fall 2016.

 

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Butler Introduces Plan to Eliminate Greenhouse Gases on Campus

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PUBLISHED ON Sep 17 2014

Butler University has devised a plan to eliminate greenhouse gases produced on the campus by 2050.

The Butler University Sustainability and Climate Action plan (BUSCA) includes a variety of strategies, such as energy efficiency and conservation measures, transportation strategies, long-term plans to incorporate renewable energy, and a goal to become a “zero waste” campus.

DSCN0261The plan also includes water saving and reuse strategies, sustainable procurement policies, and an emphasis on local food. Butler’s plan was written by the 25-member Sustainability Council, which consists of faculty, staff, and students from across the university.

BUSCA comes a little more than two years after Butler University President Jim Danko kicked off Earth Week by signing the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, a pledge to create a long-range plan to eliminate the campus’ net emissions of greenhouse gases.

The pledge, which has been signed by 684 presidents and chancellors of colleges and universities to date, expresses concern about “the unprecedented scale and speed of global warming and its potential for large-scale, adverse health, social, economic and ecological effects.”

Butler was the first Indianapolis university to sign the commitment. In the opening letter of BUSCA, Danko states, “Through this pledge to achieve climate neutrality, Butler is reaffirming its commitment to serve as a champion for the City of Indianapolis and State of Indiana, helping to ensure that future generations of Hoosiers inherit a healthy planet.”

Regular reports and assessment are planned to ensure the plan remains up-to-date and relevant. The plan can be accessed here: http://rs.acupcc.org/cap/1218/.

 

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