Past, Present and Future Commitment Toward a Sustainable Future - Celebrating 15 Years of Living Cardinal, Gold and Green!

The 14th annual Iowa State University Symposium on Sustainability will be held 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 our next sustainable decade.

Symposium Overview

The 2024 Symposium on Sustainability celebrates the diversity of sustainability efforts and initiatives taking place within our campus community focusing on supporting and nurturing enablement and empowerment toward a sustainable future that extends into the Ames community, as well as communities across the state and throughout the world. Features of this year’s event include a keynote speaker, sustainability tabling and art exhibits and the accompanying multi-faceted, interactive event, Sustainapalooza (offering Green-It-Yourself centers, green living giveaways and a clothing swap).

Keynote Speaker

Sustainability Tabling and Artworks Exhibit

Sustainability-connected tabling displays and sustainability-inspired artworks are encouraged from all campus activities and projects including research, administration, operations, student/student organizations, community and personal initiatives that support and further sustainability and the Live Green! Initiative. A Sustainability Poster session and tabling reception provide an excellent venue to discuss and exchange of scientific information.

The deadline for all applications is February 9, 2024 at 5 pm.

Posters are invited and encouraged from the following areas:

  • Alternative/Renewable Energy Sources
  • Arts and Culture
  • Biodiversity
  • Energy Efficiency & Resource Conservation
  • Food Systems
  • Green Design & Products
  • Green Transportation
  • Social Engineering/Behavioral Change
  • Sustainable Community Planning
  • Sustainable Materials
  • Toxic Reductions
  • Waste Management, Diversion, and Reduction
  • Water Quality/Flood Management

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.

Nominations are now open for 2024! 

The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2024 at 5 pm.