Students enjoying Sustainapalooza event



Sustainapalooza is a companion event to Iowa State's Symposium on Sustainability. A different green theme is explored every year, including 2022's “Taking Small Actions Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”. A highlight of Sustainapalooza is our unique GIY "Green-It-Yourself" Centers that provide creative opportunities to make products such as green health and beauty items, upcycled sustainability-minded and green living items and jarred meal and snack kits. The event also features local food and food ingredient refreshments, a clothing swap, sustainability-inspired artwork, as well as poster and tabling displays. The event offers a great way to network with other sustainability leaders from campus and the Ames community, and when you go, don't forget to walk down the Green Carpet, add a sustainability pledge to the Green Wall and snap a selfie at the Cy-lebrity Photo Booth!

This annual celebration was founded by The Green Umbrella student organization in 2012, and for many years served as the club’s signature event. Founded in 2009 by undergraduates Chandra Peterson and Clayton Severton, The Green Umbrella not only offers connection and networking opportunities to ISU’s student sustainability organizations, members also focus on educating the campus community on how to live green. In honor of the group's ongoing work to better our campus, Sustainapalooza was named the ISU Student Activity Center's 2013 Student Event of the Year.


For more information on the upcoming Sustainapalooza event, visit the 2024 Sustainapalooza calendar event..


Students pose with their completed craft project from Sustainapalooza.

Sustainapalooza Photo Gallery