Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.09
Liaison Merry Rankin
Submission Date Aug. 30, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Iowa State University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Merry Rankin
ISU Director of Sustainability
Facilities Planning & Management
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Iowa State University is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Iowa State is one of sixteen founding university members of the Building Healthy Academic Communities (BHAC) national organization. BHAC is "dedicated to crafting a comprehensive framework that enriches the health and wellness of students, faculty and staff. Members have the opportunity to set national standards for academic health and wellness, share evidence-based practices to enhance health and wellness in students, faculty, and staff, serve as the primary resource for health and wellness programming at American universities and colleges, participate in nationwide research and project evaluations, serve on the Advisory Board, committees and task forces, assist with future BHAC summits, determine educational content for webinars, and gain access to the members-only website for evidence-based tools and resources”. Iowa State participates in monthly conference calls, and also contributes to the online BHAC resource toolkit.

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Iowa Chapter of the United States Green Building Council

USGBC Iowa seeks to create a positive impact on the region's built environment by accelerating the adoption of green building practices, technologies, policies, and standards. We endeavor to move the green building industry forward with education, awareness, advocacy, and market-based solutions. Iowa State has many faculty and staff members.

Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

The City of Ames Smart Business Challenge (SBC) is a cosponsored student internship opportunity between the city's Electric Services department and the Iowa State University Office of Sustainability. SBC interns engage with local businesses via a sustainability checklist in the same mold as STARS, tailored to each businesses operational profile, and using the results to drive sustainability initiatives. SBC interns, along with the Director of Sustainability, were selected to present on the challenge at the 2018 AASHE Conference & Expo, highlighting the rating framework, engagement and communication initiatives, and examples of positive sustainable improvements and impacts enacted by SBC participants.

Kathy Wellik, Director of Transportation Services, was a guest speaker at: the 2018 National Conference of Fleet Administrators, the 2019 Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo, and the 2019 NAFA Fleet Management Association Conference.

Karen Rodekamp, ISU Dining Assistant Director of Engagement, was guest speaker at the 2018 Midwest Food Recovery Summit.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

The Iowa State University chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association won the ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge for the fifth year in a row for their work in preparing a proposal for ISU's Family Resource Center to achieve net-zero energy consumption via energy saving measures and distributed energy resources. Six students within ISU’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering donated over 130 hours of community service and $550 in material, and also won the Poster Presentation at NECA 2018 Philadelphia.

Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

President Wendy Wintersteen is a member of the World Food Prize Council of Advisors

Iowa State is a member of the Iowa Innovation Council Bioscience Workgroup, and is represented by Michael Crum, Vice President for Economic Development & Industry Research.

Clay Miller, Environmental Programs Manager, is president-elect of the Iowa Storm Water Education Partnership

Kathy Wellik, Director of Transportation Services, is Secretary/Treasurer of the NAFA Fleet Management Association, a Board Member, Chair of the Virtual NAFA Chapter, and Chair of the Mid-West NAFA Chapter,

Ayodeji Oluwalana, Recycling Coordinator, serves as a board member of the Iowa Recycling Association, as well as a subcommittee chairman for Student Membership, a member of the Student Scholarship subcommittee, and on the General Membership Committee.

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

ISU's Department of Residence hosted staff from the University of Wyoming department of residence in anticipation of a $300 million addition to the latter university's residence facilities, highlighting various energy savings practices and initiatives

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