Reuse: Environmental Sustainability 

  • Facilities Planning and Management recycles street sweepings by separating trash from rocks and soil, which can then be reused in landscaping projects rather than being landfilled.
  • Rather than send unwanted materials to the landfill, items such as outdated dishware sets and office equipment are first sent to ISU Surplus and offered for sale to colleges, departments and community members that can use them for business and home needs.
  • Design and Construction Services is reducing the number of oil-based products that are being used in its many construction projects. These products are being replaced by recycled-content materials, such as carpeting, dry wall, ceiling tile, concrete, countertops, as well as steel, which is composed of at least 97% recycled content.
  • Used grease from ISU Dining facilities is sold to ISU BioBus, a student organization that makes biodiesel from reclaimed vegetable oil and supplies it to CyRide for use in some of their Cybrid transit vehicles that serve Iowa State University and the community of Ames, providing a beneficial use for a waste product and reducing emissions of traditionally-fueled buses.