What is the Live Green! Initiative?
Live Green! is Iowa State University's campus-wide sustainability initiative encouraging all students, faculty and staff to be fully committed to and engaged in making our campus, its operations and initiatives as green as possible.
The Live Green! Initiative began in 2008, and offered two challenges:
- To be a leader in sustainability among land grant institutions, and
- To recognize that the involvement and dedication of every member of the Iowa State University community is critical to achieving this goal.
How We Define Sustainability
Sustainability presumes the planet's resources should be used conservatively, wisely and equitably – toward ensuring “…meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their needs.” Brundtland Commission, 1987
The Iowa Board of Regents references sustainability guidance and vision in the preamble of the annual Campus Sustainability Report, and therefore, guides all three regent institutions:
“Iowa’s public universities are committed to a sustainable future through academics and research, operations and economic development. Respect for the impact on the environment is part of decision-making at all levels. Regent institutions broadly apply campus sustainability in the general operations of each institution, in curriculum and in experiences of students and employees. Sustainability is also utilized effectively when partnering with industry leaders, joining with all levels of government and transferring technology within the institutions.”
The Three-Legged Stool of Sustainability
To meet the needs of the present while not compromising the needs of the future, we can further define sustainability as a Three-Legged Stool -- each leg is home to a different component. The first leg, environmental sustainability, ensures ecological integrity. The second leg, economic sustainability, ensures economic vitality. Finally, the third leg, social sustainability, ensures social welfare.
To stay upright on the stool, we must have all three legs securely in place -- simply having one or two solidly in place will not suffice. Sustainability requires the full and simultaneous integration of all three components to create a truly sustainable world.
The Live Green! Initiative is supported by an extensive and committed infrastructure of university committees, teams and organizations.
University Sustainability Committee
Develops recommendations for the University President that will increase energy efficiency, energy conservation and use of renewable energy with the goal of moving Iowa State toward carbon neutrality.
Advisory Committee on Sustainability
Advises the Director of Sustainability on policies, initiatives and opportunities to support and enhance education and awareness, engagement and empowerment toward sustainability and a more sustainable lifestyle.
Sustainability Committee of Student Government
Engages students to implement projects, host events, and promote sustainability on campus.
Campus Green Teams
Enhances sustainability efforts, education and engagement within a specified building, college, department or operational area.
Live Green! Leadership Team
Serves the Office of Sustainability through multiple platforms of marketing and outreach efforts.
Live Green! Revolving Loan Fund Advisory Committee
Reviews loan fund applications, monitors use of loan funds, as well as publicizes project results.
Student Government Director of Sustainability
Works directly with ISU students to connect and support student initiatives on campus that promote environmental, social and economic sustainability.
Sustainability Reporting Group
Monitors, assesses and responds to informational requests from external reporting organizations.
- The Green Umbrella Student Organization
Serves as the umbrella organization for all sustainability-related student clubs and organizations on campus.