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BU Be Well

Wellness—Sustainability

Butler Campus Farm

Sustainable resources promote wellness through shared interests in protecting the environment, caring for campus, and advancing Butler’s future in sustainable ways.

Resources For Students

  • Butler Green Council - The mission of the Butler Green Council is to create developmental and educational opportunities for involvement of the student body in sustainability discourse and projects and to inform and support sustainable development as a priority on Butler’s campus. If you are interested in learning more about Butler Green Council, attending events, signing up for the newsletter, or just curious of how to get involved, please email greencouncil@butler.edu and follow ButlerGreenCouncil on Instagram. 
  • Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability (CUES)—The Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability (CUES) is an academic center at Butler University dedicated to the science and practice of urban ecology and sustainability. In the liberal arts tradition, we view urban ecology as inherently interdisciplinary and aspire to engage disciplines across Butler’s campus—from biology to business and beyond—in gaining a fundamental understanding of urban ecology and sustainability for a more environmentally resilient, economically viable, and equitable society. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram: ButlerCUES.
    • The Farm at Butler—The farm's mission is to serve as an example of sustainable urban farming for Butler University and the Indianapolis community by teaching the interconnectedness of life, the importance of food security, and the methods of growing local foods through organic farming. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram: TheFarmAtButler.
    • Get involved with the CUES—The CUES offers for-credit internship opportunities in urban ecology and sustainability.
    • Volunteer —Butler has several opportunities to volunteer in sustainability student groups, including: EcoReps, Food Recovery Network, and Green Council. 
  • Facilities—This department, within the Office of Operations, partners with members of the Butler community to provide high quality and cost-effective planning, design, construction, project management, maintenance, custodial, grounds, event setup, and environmental health and safety services.
    • Environmental Health and Safety—Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) works to ensure that Butler is in compliance with local, state and federal laws.
    • Sustainability in Operations—Strives to make sustainability a priority across campus from the inception of new projects to the improvement of current practices.
  • Food Enterprises Achieve Sustainability Together (FEAST)—This fund allows us to achieve this goal through providing collaborative food sustainability initiatives and projects at Butler University. We want to invite students, classes, and entities (such as the The Farm), to partner with us to increase sustainability on issues related to food, and then feast upon the innovative and creative ideas that come about as a result. We chose FEAST so we can focus not just on funding, but also on celebrating these collaborations and partnerships through the applicants’ presentations, winners’ plaques, and year-end awards and celebratory dinners.
  • Smoking Policy—Applies to all Butler University property including: all buildings, parking structures, and walkways on Butler’s campus, as well as University vehicles and privately-owned vehicles parked on University property. The policy applies to: students, faculty, staff, contractors, vendors, and visitors to all University properties.
  • Sustainability at Butler—Universities can—and should—be at the forefront of exploring innovative solutions to balancing environmental conservation, social equity, and fiscal responsibility, propelling research into action while educating the next generation of change agents. Learn about Butler's sustainability comitments including the Butler Unviersity Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (BUSCA), GHG report, Butler's sustainability assesments, and sustainability in academics.
  • Transportation—This is a comprehensive site on transportation needs, including information on driver’s licenses, public transportation, and Butler transportation.

Resources for Faculty and Staff

  • ​Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability (CUES)—The Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability (CUES) is an academic center at Butler University dedicated to the science and practice of urban ecology and sustainability. In the liberal arts tradition, we view urban ecology as inherently interdisciplinary and aspire to engage disciplines across Butler’s campus—from biology to business and beyond—in gaining a fundamental understanding of urban ecology and sustainability for a more environmentally resilient, economically viable, and equitable society. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @ButlerCUES.
    • The Farm at Butler—The farm's mission is to serve as an example of sustainable urban farming for Butler University and the Indianapolis community by teaching the interconnectedness of life, the importance of food security, and the methods of growing local foods through organic farming.

  • Facilities—This department, within the Office of Operations, partners with members of the Butler community to provide high quality and cost-effective planning, design, construction, project management, maintenance, custodial, grounds, event setup, and environmental health and safety services.
    • Environmental Health and Safety—Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) works to ensure that Butler is in compliance with local, state and federal laws.
    • Sustainability in Operations—Strives to make sustainability a priority across campus from the inception of new projects to the improvement of current practices.

  • Green Office—Butler University is creating a culture of sustainability on campus by engaging faculty and staff in fun and innovative initiatives. Through the Green Office program, Butler employees are empowered to incorporate sustainable practices in the workplace for energy efficiency, cost savings, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and employee wellness all while supporting a more sustainable Butler community.

  • Smoking Policy—Applies to all Butler University property, including: all buildings, parking structures, and walkways on Butler’s campus, as well as University vehicles and privately-owned vehicles parked on University property. The policy applies to: students, faculty, staff, contractors, vendors, and visitors to all University properties.
  • Sustainability at Butler—Universities can—and should—be at the forefront of exploring innovative solutions to balancing environmental conservation, social equity, and fiscal responsibility, propelling research into action while educating the next generation of change agents. Learn about Butler's sustainability comitments including the Butler Unviersity Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (BUSCA), GHG report, Butler's sustainability assesments, and sustainability in academics.
  • Transportation—This is a comprehensive site on transportation needs, including information on driver’s licenses, public transportation, and Butler transportation.