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:
“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'” - Mary Anne Radmacher


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 Bartel

Sustainability Coordinator
Graduate Student in Architecture
Hometown: Iowa City, IA
Favorite Sustainability Quote:
“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.” ― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax.



Chloe Bald

Marketing and Communications Intern
Senior, Event Management
Hometown: Sioux City, IA
Favorite Sustainability Quote:
"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit," Nelson Henderson

Natalie Dombrowski

Campus and Communications Intern
Senior, Biology & Animal Ecology
Hometown: Crystal Lake, IL
Favorite Sustainability Quote:
"Asking what is our responsibility is perhaps also to ask, What is our gift? And how shall we use it?... It was only the people of corn, people transformed by awareness of their gifts and responsibilities, who were sustained on the earth. Gratitude comes first, but gratitude alone is not enough" -Robin Wall Kimmerer

Ashley Kleve

Campus and Communications Intern
Sophomore, Environmental Science and a minor in Sustainability
Hometown: Spirit Lake, IA
Favorite Sustainability Quote:
"Start where you are, with what you have. Make something of it and never be satisfied." - George Washington Carver

Isabelle Legan

Social Media Engagement Intern
Senior in Global Resource Systems and Advertising, minor in Sustainability
Hometown: Riverside, IL
Favorite Sustainability Quote:
“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” - Aldo Leopold

Lucia Rizzo

Smart Business Challenge Intern
Senior, Business Analytics and Marketing
Hometown: Woodbury, MN
Favorite Sustainability Quote:
 “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world” - Anne Frank



Elizabeth Smith

Sustainability Benchmarking & Certification Intern
Junior, Environmental Science
Hometown: Waterloo, IA
Favorite Sustainability Quote:
“Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations.” -Jean-Paul Richter


Lydia Youngquist

Smart Business Challenge Intern
Senior, Accounting, minor in Leadership Studies
Hometown: Iowa City, IA
Favorite Sustainability Quote:
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu