Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 75.93
Liaison Merry Rankin
Submission Date Aug. 30, 2013
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Iowa State University
PAE-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Merry Rankin
ISU Director of Sustainability
Facilities Planning & Management
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Does the institution have a sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee or a brief description of the committee's purview and activities :

We, members of the Iowa State University Council on Sustainability, are committed to protect and enhance the environment through our teaching, research, service, and administrative operations. We seek to foster a community that sustains ecological systems and educates campus citizens about environmental awareness, local action, and global thinking. We seek to promote environmentally sound practices as a core value of the University

Members of the committee, including affiliations:

Steering Committee Members:

Kerry Dixon, Chair
Sarah Passonneau, Vice-Chair
Frank Montabon, Secretary/Treasurer
Nadia Anderson
Roxanne Clemens
Bill Diesslin
Jeri Neal
Ulrike Passe
Emily Gamm

Ex-Officio Members:

Merry Rankin, ISU Director of Sustainability
Alex Toth, GSB Director of Sustainability

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability office?:

A brief description of the sustainability office:

The Iowa State Office of Sustainability includes one full-time staff member, two half-time student interns, one half-time graduate student assistant, and one one-fifth time administrative secretary. The office was started through Live Green!, an initiative personally declared by Iowa State President Geoffroy and kicked off in 2008. In declaring this initiative for Iowa State University, the President provided two challenges to all faculty, staff, and students:
To be a leader in sustainability among land grant institutions.
To recognize that the involvement and dedication of every member of the Iowa State University community is critical to achieving this goal.

+ Date Revised: June 26, 2014

The number of people employed in the sustainability office:

The website URL where information about the sustainability office is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability coordinator?:

Sustainability coordinator's name:
Merry Rankin

Sustainability coordinator's position title:
Director of Sustainability

A brief description of the sustainability coordinator’s position:

The ISU Director of Sustainability is responsible for leading the Live Green! Initiative by continuing sustainable operations on campus and by finding new opportunities. Working closely with student interns, ISU's Council on Sustainability, the Sustainability Working Group, and College Green Teams, the Director is able to coordinate programs across a wide variety of areas on campus, including operations, campus and community engagement, and marketing. Finally, the director maintains close ties with the City of Ames by leading the City's Sustainability Task Force.

The website URL where information about the sustainability coordinator is available:

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