Recognizing their significant environmental impact, Iowa’s Public Universities and Special Schools are committed to campus sustainability efforts, modifying longstanding practices, and identifying and responding to changing needs.
Our institutions are in a unique position to serve as both models for sustainability practices and laboratories to test new ideas and approaches. Iowa’s Public Universities embrace their role as state and national leaders in developing sustainable solutions for facilities, purchasing procedures, and transportation services. Our institutions also recognize their educational responsibility to expand discussion about sustainability, promote student awareness, and provide programming incorporating sustainability principles.
Iowa’s Public Universities are combining service and sustainability to build a greener future for Iowa.
In FY 2010, Iowa’s Public Universities and Special Schools responded to the Board of Regents directive to further expand sustainability efforts and develop integrated and collaborative efforts toward sustainability goals. They implemented additional energy and climate (greenhouse gas emissions) controls and storm water management practices; identified additional opportunities for waste reduction, reuse, and recycling; and pursued and/or received LEED certification1 for more than 20 new building construction and renovation projects.
In addition, Iowa’s Public Universities hired a Sustainability Coordinator at each campus, implemented transportation improvements combining over 8 million campus bus rides and reducing over 9 million commuter miles, incorporated sustainability principles into numerous academic courses and programs, and shared their expertise through community outreach events.
1 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the U.S. Green Building Council’s rating system for designing and constructing the greenest, most energy efficient and high performing buildings.