Earth Day: Exclusive online package



Happy Earth Day! Check the Daily News' exclusive online package on the university's efforts to be sustainable in investments, how sustainability improves recruitment, dining hall options and Muncie water quality. 

Ball State can use sustainability to recruit students

Ball State is one of 94 schools in the nation — and the only school in Indiana — to win a gold rating for sustainability from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Education.

Colleges that practice sustainability create a high quality of life for the students, according to a report from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

Students want healthier options in dining halls

When two freshmen created a petition for more fresh fruits and vegetables in the dining halls across campus, they didn't intend to criticize Ball State’s current menu options.

The petition created by roommates Selena Webb and Lexi Benakovich orchestrated on Feb. 3, 2016, was a challenge to the university to provide students and faculty with an even wider selection of food choices.

Their efforts contribute to Ball State’s sustainability efforts, as eating less meat helps reduce a person’s and institution’s carbon footprint.

Student impacts environmental investment option

When alumna Kourtney Dillavou was a student, she decided she wanted to pull Ball State out of the fossil fuel business.

Dillavou, a landscape architecture graduate, started Go Fossil Free Ball State in 2013 with the goal of ending university investments in the fossil fuel industry. Go Fossil Free Ball State was a local campaign linked to an international network called Fossil Free.

Keep it clean: Muncie water quality exceeds federal expectations

In the 1970s Muncie’s economy relied on the money and jobs factories brought in. They also brought in a not-so-positive side effect as well — pollution.

Factories would dump harmful chemicals into the river by the gallons each day.

Muncie’s water has improved dramatically. But people’s perception of it has not.

Recycling in Muncie is as simple as bag color

Recycling in Muncie is no more difficult than regular trash. See this graphic on what to recycle, where to find blue bags and the environmental impact of recycling. 


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