Sustainability Committee

Upcoming Events:

Climate Stories Contest – As part of the 2020-2021 Midwest Climate Summit, the Climate Stories Contest is a multi-media art competition across four categories: visual arts, film/photography, written word, and performing arts. Participants must submit original artwork that illustrates the impact of the climate crisis on themselves, society or a subset of society (i.e. a specific demographic), and the work must communicate a message calling people to action. These two requirements, along with the quality of the work itself, will form the basis of submission judging. Submissions for this contest will close February 15th, 2021, and winners will receive a monetary award! 

Link to more information and submission form: 

The Sustainability Committee of Student Government functions to implement projects, host events, and promote sustainability on campus.

Throughout the year, we work on implementing sustainability initiatives in collaboration with other university stakeholders, which include:

  • Reducing plastic consumption in the dining halls
  • Increasing recycling and composting presence on campus
  • Advocating for climate action on campus
  • Sustainability education campaigns 
  • Sustainability events
  • And others that our committee members are passionate about.

In addition, Sustainability Committee is putting on a few larger events this year: 

  • America Recycles Day (November 15th) 
  • Kill-A-Watt Challenge (Month of April)
  • Freddy Court Trash Pickup (April 10th 10 am – 2 pm) 

We also participate in a lot of events hosted by the Office of Sustainability, such as Campus Sustainability Day and Sustainapalooza. 

Sustainability Committee also functions as the Green Initiatives Fund Committee. The committee will review Green Fund proposals and ultimately vote on whether or not to approve the proposal.

The Sustainability Committee has been working very hard this year! We have an excellent committee committed to working on varying sustainability initiatives on campus! We are currently divided into 3 working subcommittees: 

  • Energy
  • Events/Education
  • Waste

Each subcommittee works on its own projects, of which we are all very excited about! We currently meet weekly on Tuesdays at 6 pm via Webex!

Statement from the Committee Chair:

This year Sustainability Committee will focus its efforts on implementing long-term changes that will aid in the long-term process of normalizing sustainability and sustainable practices at Iowa State University. Our Committee will strive to bring these changes to fruition through working on various sustainability initiatives and projects across campus and actively engaging with other students, faculty, and staff on this concept.

Students are the eyes and ears of campus. We see walking to class or eating in the dining halls areas where we can and should implement more environmentally-friendly, sustainable practices. Sustainability Committee is a space for students who wish to take action on these issues to collaborate with their peers and work to create change at Iowa State!

– Jennifer Seth


Past Sustainability Committee Projects

Green Initiatives Fund Application

Interested in Sustainability?

Check out the Green Initiative Fund Committee!

Would like to submit an idea?

The committee would love to hear what you have in mind to help better elevate student lives at Iowa State University related to sustainability.