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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. Butler acknowledges its moral and educational role in inspiring change agents through innovative projects while also recognizing the benefits of this leadership to institutional efficiency and operational cost savings. In fact, it’s the Butler Way.

Learn more about the Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability at Butler University and follow @ButlerCUES on Facebook and Twitter.

Butler University Sustainability and Climate Action Plan

The publication of BUSCA represents Butler’s pledge to environmental stewardship, sustainability leadership, and its formal commitment to achieve climate neutrality.


Sustainability is a top consideration when designing and managing the Butler campus built environment.


The Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) is a tool used to assess university sustainability.

Carbon Commitment

By signing the Second Nature Presidents’ Carbon Commitment in 2014, Butler has committed to being climate neutral by 2050.


Sustainability is taught through many different lenses at Butler in a variety of classes to align with student interest and career aspirations.


Get Involved

Find volunteer, for-credit internship, and paid student opportunities to collaborate with the CUES in community-engaged urban ecology research and sustainability projects.

Interested in connecting with other Butler students interested in sustainability? Join the Green Council, Food Recovery Network, and/or the Butler University Beekeeping Association.

Bon Appetit

Butler’s dining vendor, Bon Appetit, has a long standing commitment to sustainability.


The eight dimensions of Butler’s BUBeWell model are the foundation for a transformative and holistic student experience.