Energizing Our Sustainable Commitment: Our Collective and Collaborative Roles

The 3rd annual Iowa State University Symposium on Sustainability was held Feb. 21-22, 2011.

2011 kicked off the third year of the Live Green! Initiative and the call to action that was given to all students, faculty and staff to be fully committed to and engaged in ensuring a sustainable future through our actions and decisions regarding our campus, its operations and initiatives. This year's Symposium on Sustainability challenged us all to "raise the bar" both individually and collectively.

This year's event was a product of the vision and creativity of a dedicated group of students, faculty and staff serving on the Symposium on Sustainability Planning Committee.

Visioning Sessions

This event provided the platform for students, faculty and staff to take ownership in determining their specific interests, opportunities and commitment to a sustainable future for Iowa State University through interactive sustainability visioning sessions and a number of education and awareness building presentations and panel discussions.

View Webcasts of the Symposium

Click on any of the links below to view webcasts of this year's Symposium keynote lecture and presentations.

Symposium Overview

This year's Symposium on Sustainability included a public and keynote lecture by Jerome Ringo, an international leader who defines and lives his own unique and personal commitment to sustainability. A poster session of sustainability initiatives, the announcement of the Live Green! Awards for Excellence in Sustainability, interactive visioning sessions, updates of 2010 accomplishments and a sustainable luncheon rounded out this year's exciting and sustainably-designed event.

Keynote Speaker

Jerome Ringo is a dedicated champion of environmental justice and a vocal advocate of clean energy. Milestones of his journey have included serving as board chair for the National Wildlife Federation, representative at the United Nations 1999 Sustainable Development Conference, taking part in the 1998 Kyoto Treaty negotiations and appearing in the Academy award-winning documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth."

Sustainability Poster Reception

Poster abstracts were encouraged from all campus activities and projects, including research, administration, operations, students and student organizations, community, as well as personal initiatives that support and further sustainability and the Live Green! Initiative. Poster sessions provide an excellent venue for discussions, networking and the exchange of scientific information.

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.

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