Energy & Climate: Economic Sustainability 

  • The ISU power plant employs about 84 dedicated individuals. Their jobs support the power plant's ability to supply all utility demands on Iowa State's campus in an energy efficient manner.
  • Since the 1980s, Iowa State has had an Energy Management Group that analyzes and prioritizes the energy use of heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
  • Temperature systems throughout campus are scheduled to turn off, as well as be put into "economic mode," which pulls in cool outside air instead of mechanically cooling air.
  • Air conditioning systems have high-efficiency air filters that last 3-4 times as long as conventional filters and can be re-used.
  • Iowa State adopted the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification system in all construction and major renovation projects, which encourages more-efficient, and therefore cost-effective, buildings that takes less energy to heat, cool and illuminate.