This year, in place of the annual Symposium on Sustainability event, Sustainapalooza, an event focused on celebration, recognition and reflection related to the many accomplishments that have taken place since President Geoffroy began the Live Green! Initiative in 2008, served as the collective campus sustainability event for 2012. Sustainapalooza took place on Feb. 28, 2012, in the Memorial Union.

2012 kicked off the fifth year of the Live Green! Initiative and an appreciation of all of the support and vision given by President Geoffroy related to sustainability, living green and working toward a sustainable future. As we welcomed Dr. Steven Leath to Iowa State University as our 15th university president, Sustainapalooza provided the platform for our collective campus team of students, faculty and staff to celebrate the journey we have made so far and look forward to the journey still in progress.

This year's event was spearheaded and driven by the vision, creativity and enthusiasm of Chandra Peterson and Matt Santee (co-presidents), as well as all the other members of the student organization, The Green Umbrella. Event sponsorship was provided by the Council on Sustainability, Live Green! and The Green Umbrella.

Sustainapalooza Overview

Sustainapalooza featured a Live Green! carpet, the Wall of Cardinal, Gold and Green, Empowering Stations, a sustainability poster session, as well as the "Greening Our Legacy Tree." In recognition of the collective efforts and success of the Live Green! Initiative, all attendees received commemorative and sustainably-minded appreciation gifts.

    Sustainability Poster Reception

    Poster abstracts were invited and 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. 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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