Sustainability Committee

Upcoming Events:

Midwest Climate Summit Think Tank (October 2, October 9, October 23, November 6, November 20)  – This is a series of virtual lectures and workshops designed to expand climate knowledge and solutions in the Midwest! The 5-part virtual event will focus on 4 key areas: climate action, science and research, teaching and education, and outreach and engagement.

Link to register FREE: https://midwestclimatesummit.wustl.edu/?_ga=2.201684825.97138878.1600371924-1067473526.1599254793


Midwest Climate Summit Student Systems Conference (November 6th, 1:30-3:30 pm) – The Student Systems Conference is a virtual, student-led session that fosters meaningful and action-oriented conversations about sustainability efforts and challenges on our respective campuses. The purpose of this session is for students to connect with one another about their climate and sustainability efforts. 

Link to register FREE: https://midwestclimatesummit.wustl.edu/event-details-2/student-focused-content/


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 1st, 2021, and winners will receive a monetary award! 

Link to more information and submission form: https://midwestclimatesummit.wustl.edu/event-details-2/student-focused-content/climate-stories-contest/ 


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 puts on two large events a year:

  • America Recycles Day
  • SciNite

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.

This year’s Sustainability Committee has been selected! We have an excellent committee committed to working on varying sustainability initiatives on campus! Specifically, we are looking at energy, waste, and education initiatives, and more! We meet every Tuesday at 7 pm on 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

Green Initiatives Fund Application

Past Sustainability Committee Projects:

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.