Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 75.93
Liaison Merry Rankin
Submission Date Aug. 30, 2013
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Iowa State University
PAE-3: Physical Campus Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Cathy Brown
Assistant Director of Campus Physical Planning
Facilities Planning and Management
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Does the institution's physical campus plan include sustainability at a high level?:

A brief description of how the physical campus plan or amendment includes sustainability:

The university’s physical campus plan was developed over 20 years ago. The institution has not formally adopted a supplemental chapter, nor is there a specific mention of sustainability in the campus plan; however, the working plan and design guidelines include goals and strategies for the following items:
1. Green buildings, LEED gold a goal for all new building construction
2. Energy conservation
3. Greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategies
4. Water conservation
5. Waste reduction and recycling
6. Indoor air quality
7. Storm water management
8. Transportation systems
9. Green landscaping

The ISU Campus Master Plan focuses on several specific objectives that align with sustainable development:
• Establish a clear sense of entry and arrival to campus
• Reinforce and extend the concept of campus as a primary pedestrian environment
• Limit the land area devoted to parking in the core campus area to maintain high quality pedestrian open space.
• Enhance pedestrian linkages from the Central Lawn to campus edges.
• Preserve and extend the picturesque landscape character of the Central Lawn and Campanile.
• Expand and clarify the campus bicycle system and integrate it with the Ames community bike path system.
• Maintain and enhance the natural features that surround and pass through the campus such as the creeks, wooded areas and Lake LaVerne.
• Maintain the use of land resources within the campus core primarily for instruction and locate research and non-academic uses outside of the 10-minute walking zone.

The year the physical campus plan was developed or adopted:

The website URL where the physical campus plan is available:

Currently this information is not in the form of a Campus Master Plan. This is currently under consideration for the upcoming year.

The following summary of the 1991 Master Plan mentions elements of sustainability, such as limited land use:

The 1991 Campus Master Plan: 2000 Supplemental Progress Report mentions elements of sustainability as well, such as providing effective stewardship of the institutions' state, federal, and private resources:

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