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Indiana Tech is firmly committed to sustainability and environmental responsibility. The university’s Sustainability Council brings faculty, staff, and students together to consider programs, policies, and projects related to conservation of energy and other resources. In August 2017, Indiana Tech received the 3R Award for non-profits from the Allen County Solid Waste Management District for its waste reduction efforts.

Our sustainability initiatives include:

  • providing LED lights in 90% of dorms saving thousands of dollars each month and reducing mercury pollution
  • receiving certification from LRP Recycling for contributing 16,500 lbs of recycled material from mattress disposal
  • offering battery recycling  in every building on campus
  • receiving LEED® Gold certification for the renovation of the Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center
  • promoting an extensive, campus-wide recycling program through educational outreach
  • participating as founding member in the Northeast Indiana Sustainable Business Council (NISBC), whose mission “is to advance sustainability practices by the business sector through education and certification in collaboration with nonprofit, business, government and education organizations”
  • taking part in an Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) peer audit program, which takes a proactive approach for universities to meet requirements set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Indiana Tech has fully implemented the Environmental Management System plan, which is based on ISO 140001 Model of Continual Improvement
  • using disposable dinnerware from sustainable sources only
  • providing disposable cutlery, plates, and bowls, used through the on-campus catering service, that are made from 100% compostable materials
  • participating in MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) co-permittee with the City of Fort Wayne, Saint Francis University, PFW and Ivy Tech
  • labeling all waste containers on campus with trash or commingle designation
  • placing recycling bins in classrooms, offices, and lounges
  • recycling approximately 20 cubic yards of cardboard waste during 2018 Fall move-in
  • offering Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
  • supplying trash cans on campus that are made with recycled milk jugs

Sustainability Council Members


Paul Eshelman, Buildings and Grounds

Melissa Schweikert, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Bradley Shank, Talwar College of Engineering and Computer Sciences

Thomas Tran, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Amy Shank, Assistant Professor of Biology

Julie Good, Associate Professor of Biology

Mark Hunsberger, Director of Procurement