Live Green! Leadership Team

We are excited to introduce the 2021-2022 Live Green! Leadership Team. Together, we are committed to providing education, engagement and empowerment opportunities to make Iowa State University as green and sustainable as possible for all students, faculty and staff. Please contact us with your ideas and questions, or sign up for our e-mail list to stay in the loop with announcements, volunteer opportunities and more. We look forward to working with you!



Director of Sustainability

Merry Rankin

Alumna Class of 1987 and 1998
Hometown: Attica, IA
Favorite Sustainability Quote:
“Anything which is troubling you, anything which is irritating you, THAT is your teacher.” - Ajahn Chah


Merry Rankin, Director of Sustainability
Iowa State University
700 Wallace Road
108 General Services Building
Ames, IA 50011-4013
515-294-5052 Office
515-294-4593 Fax











Student Intern Leadership Team

Hannah Randall

Sustainability Coordinator
Graduate Student in Architecture
Hometown: Iowa City, IA
Favorite Sustainability Quote:
“No matter how complex global problems may seem [. . .] They cannot be beyond our power to resolve”
- Daisaku Ikeda



Valentine Chenus

Campus and Community Engagement Intern
Junior, Enironmental Science
Favorite Sustainability Quote:

“Your actions matter. No action or voice is too small to make a difference.” -Vanessa Nakate

Ashley Kleve

Campus and Community Engagement Intern
Sophomore, Environmental Science and a minor in Sustainability
Hometown: Spirit Lake, IA
Favorite Sustainability Quote:
 “It’s not our abilities that show what we truly are […] it is our choices”- Dumblebore

Isabelle Legan

Social Media Engagement Intern
Senior in Global Resource Systems and Advertising, minor in Sustainability
Hometown: Riverside, IL
Favorite Sustainability Quote:
“Consume less, create more” - Unknown

Lucia Rizzo

Smart Business Challenge Intern
Senior, Business Analytics and Marketing
Hometown: Woodbury, MN
Favorite Sustainability Quote:
 “When the well is dry, we learn the value of water”
- Ben Franklin

Elizabeth Smith

Sustainability Benchmarking & Certification Intern
Junior, Environmental Science
Hometown: Waterloo, IA
Favorite Sustainability Quote:
“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.” -Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Lydia Youngquist

Smart Business Challenge Intern
Senior, Accounting, minor in Leadership Studies
Hometown: Iowa City, IA
Favorite Sustainability Quote:
 “I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.” -Mother Theresa