Panoramic view of Iowa State University's Central Campus Lawn.

Campus Initiatives

Numerous creative projects and initiatives are in place to help Iowa State minimize its footprint and forge a sustainable tradition for future generations of Cyclones. To ensure its continued growth as a sustainability leader, the university relies on thousands of employees who work across dozens of departments and programs. In responding to requests and engaging in dialogue with students, faculty and staff, every campus service team makes a daily commitment toward living green while also increasing efficiency and effectiveness through best management practices. Operations include the design and construction of sustainable buildings, the adoption of solar-powered trash compactors, the purchase of local foods, as well as the exclusive use of green products to clean all campus facilities. These are only a few examples of Iowa State's many innovative projects — read on to find out about all of our green campus initiatives!