2021 Symposium

United for a Resilient and Sustainable Future

The 12th annual Iowa State Symposium on Sustainability will be held March 1 and 3, 2021, virtually and at Iowa State University’s Memorial Union.

“Iowa State University's Live Green! Initiative provides a call to action to all students, faculty, and staff to be fully committed and engaged in ensuring our next sustainable decade. Through our actions and decisions regarding our campus, its operations and initiatives we can make efforts to support a resilient and sustainable future.

Symposium Overview

The 2021 Symposium on Sustainability celebrates the diversity of sustainability efforts and initiatives taking place within our campus community that have united and exemplified resiliency, toward ensuring a sustainable future.  This year’s focus is especially in reflection of our collective work, creativity and adaptability, over the past year.

The pandemic has impacted everyone in a variety of ways, but it has especially changed the way we gather, connect, and socialize. In order to adapt to these new circumstances, we have given much consideration to ensure safety precautions during this year’s event.

Features of this year’s event include virtual keynote lecture by Dr. Robert Bullard, virtual presentation of the 2020 Live Green! Awards for Excellence in Sustainability” and hybrid Sustainapalooza event, offering in-person and virtual attendee options and opportunities.


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert Bullard 


Father of Environmental Justice, professor, author, Marine Corps veteran






Through a unique opportunity, allowed through virtually hosting this year’s keynote speaker, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa are joining Iowa State University in welcoming Dr. Robert Bullard to all of our universities on March 1.


Join us on WebEx at 7:00 PM on March, 1, 2021.


Sustainability Poster and Tabling Reception

Student organizations, campus departments and university and community initiatives interested in informing on sustainability efforts, as well as opportunities to get involved, are encouraged to complete a tabling request form. Space is limited. Form submission DUE – February 15, 5pm.

Due to considerations of physical and social distancing precautions and requirements related to COVID-19, the Symposium will not hold a poster reception for the 2021 event. Tabling will still take place; however, only as a part of Sustainapalooza and not as a part of a reception event.

Live Green! Awards for Excellence in Sustainability

The Live Green! Excellence Awards recognize Iowa State University students, faculty and staff who are making an impact on the campus sustainability efforts by generating awareness and interest through initiatives that focus on teaching, research, outreach and/or operations. This year’s awards will be announced during the virtually-hosted March 1 Symposium event and presented at a later date as determined by the award winners.

All nominations are evaluated based on their impacts in the following areas: Cultural Impact, Impact on Natural Resources, Economic Impact, Transferability, Legacy to the Live Green Initiative and Sustainability. For more information on the specific focus of interest within each of these areas, refer to the Live Green Award for Excellence in Sustainability Selection Criteria document.

Excellence in areas or initiatives related to sustainability that are applicable to the nomination for the Live Green! Award could include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Teaching: expanding and diversifying sustainability awareness and education through efforts and achievements related to a course, curriculum or program.
  • Research: expanding and diversifying sustainability understanding and discovery through efforts and achievements.
  • Outreach: expanding and diversifying sustainability relevance and transferability through efforts and achievements to internal and/or external audiences at Iowa State, Ames and/or local communities.
  • Operations: expanding and diversifying sustainable practices and procedures as related to the day-to-day operational management and maintenance of Iowa State University. 

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