Design, Construction & Maintenance: Social Sustainability 

  • Iowa State's commitment to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) initiated with the 2007 LEED Silver-certified Morrill Hall project.
    • Morrill Hall is home to many collections of artwork and was the site of the first dedicated commitment to the initiative of green cleaning, ensuring the preservation of invaluable educational collections through eliminating volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are harmful to delicate pieces of artwork and artifacts. Additionally, it makes it safer for custodial staff by reducing exposure to chemicals.
  • Iowa State uses perforated window shades as a way to reduce the use of electrical lighting and utilize natural lighting, providing both cost savings and health benefits.
  • Iowa State partnered with the City of Ames to incorporate sustainable principles into the LEED Silver-certified Ames Intermodal Facility, serving as a central hub for multiple modes of transportation offered to the Ames community, as well as providing a sense of community connectivity for Ames residents.