"I believe in my heart that faith in Jesus Christ can and will lead us beyond an exclusive concern for the well-being of other human beings to the broader concern for the well-being of the birds in our backyards, the fish in our rivers, and every living creature on the face of the earth." John Wesley, 1701-1791
Sustainability is often defined as meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Sustainability can have a broad range of applications, from the oft‐discussed environmental consideration to social, financial and economic, and cultural considerations. In the context of Indiana Wesleyan University, "Creation Stewardship" is synonymous with sustainability. The over‐arching objective of the initiative is to help ensure the future success of IWU through stewardship of resources (fiscal, ecological, physical, energy, human) while instilling a sense of personal and corporate responsibility for sustainability in the University community.
Indiana Wesleyan University's Creation Stewardship Initiative (CSI) is the collaborative body that oversees IWU's sustainability efforts in relation to its mission, vision and values. The student organization Creation Care Alliance works collaboratively with CSI in support of IWU's sustainability mission and objectives.
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IWU uses as its guiding principle the value of stewardship of the created environment in tandem with a commitment to social justice and sound financial principles.
- Disseminate knowledge of Creation Care and sustainability among the University community through facilitation of lectures, discussions, publications, chapel speakers and curriculum development.
- Create a greater appreciation and understanding of Creation Care in the University community through education, service, and sustainable initiatives.
- Promote the concept of meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs as well.
- Oversee and assist in the development of a Strategic Sustainability Plan, acknowledging the University's responsibilities while remaining consistent with its mission.
- Jointly recommend an overall strategy, and review annual targets and initiatives for campus sustainability on an enterprise‐wide scale.
- Foster and develop a student Creation Care group (COMPLETE, FALL 2009).
- Promote the dedication of one chapel service per year to Creation Stewardship, providing an opportunity for a special speaker to engage with students (ONGOING).
- Seek grant-based funding in support of sustainability (ONGOING). CSI applied for and received a federal grant in July 2010 for a total of $87,000 to be used for updating and replacing inefficient lighting, heating and cooling equipment on IWU's campus in Marion, Indiana.
- Calculate the University's carbon footprint (IN PROGRESS).
- Research opportunities for sustainable practices in Dining Services - including biodiesel, trayless service and food waste composting - in order to reduce energy consumption, water consumption and landfill waste (IN PROGRESS).
- Implement an Eco-Rep program in residence halls to promote grassroots engagement in sustainable residence life (AWAITING GRANT FUNDING).
- Explore opportunities for energy savings in Information Technology and workplace computers and printers (ONGOING).
- Audit the University's solid waste and implement new practices to significantly reduce landfill waste and associated costs (ONGOING). Dr. Grace Miller, associate professor of biology, has run two events called Garbagology with her Environment and Society class in the spring. The class sorts out recyclables from the trash, ultimately determining what percentage of recyclable material is thrown away. Using this data, CSI is compiling a targeted approach to recycling on IWU's campus. In the fall of 2010, with data from the spring 2010 Garbagology event, CSI facilitated the purchase and distribution of more than 2,500 small recycling bins to all student residence rooms on campus.
- Actively engage the University community in energy conservation measures, and secure funding for energy-saving projects that have a significant return on investment (ONGOING).
- Research opportunities for alternative energy sources for our buildings and fleet, including wind, solar, low-emission vehicles and alternative fuels (ONGOING).