Sustainability Committee

Sustainability Committee

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:

  • Composting initiatives
  • Reducing plastic consumption in the dining halls
  • Increasing the number & visibility of recycling bins in Parks Library
  • Education campaigns 
  • And others that our committee members are passionate about.

In addition, Sustainability Committee puts on two large events a year:

  • America Recycles Day and SciNite.
  • We also participate in events put on by the Office of Sustainability such as Earth Day events and Sustainapalooza.

Sustainability Committee also works with the Green Initiatives Fund CommitteeThe committee will review Green Fund proposals and ultimately vote on whether or not to approve the proposal.

Applications for the 2021-2022 Sustainability Committee are open August 16-September 10! Fill out this form to apply: Note: you must be logged into your Iowa State account to apply!

Statement from the Committee Chair:

This year, the Sustainability Committee is focusing on the impact our projects have by connecting them to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and STARS criteria (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Reporting System), which is a division of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and allows universities to quantify their sustainability. Our committee will work with students, organizations, faculty, staff, and campus administration to see projects through to fruition, and student insight is a valuable component of that. Please feel free to reach out with any questions related to sustainable issues, how to get involved with sustainability on campus, STARS, or anything else! We would love to work with you.

- Elizabeth Smith

Sustainability Committee Projects:

Izzy Wilde

Sci Nite – March 27th

Sci Nite – March 27th On behalf of the Student Government Sustainability Committee, we are currently planning an event called SciNite and are looking for

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Izzy Wilde

Carbon Removal Forum

Carbon Removal Forum The Carbon Removal Forum is a campus-wide event to harness knowledge and capacity toward developing an Iowa State University program in agriculturally-based

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Izzy Wilde

Climate Commitment Plan

Climate Commitment Plan – Sustainability Committee This was a collaboration with the Climate Reality Campus Corps to create a resolution urging university administration to transition

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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.