Sustainapalooza is a companion event to Iowa State's Symposium on Sustainability. A different green theme is explored every year, including 2021's “Relentlessly and Resiliently United for a Sustainable Future”. A highlight of Sustainapalooza is our unique GIY "Green-It-Yourself" Centers that provide creative opportunities to make products such as green cleaners, upcycled keyboard magnets and jarred soup kits. In recent years, participants have also enjoyed refreshments made with local ingredients, a clothing swap, artwork, as well as poster and tabling displays. The event offers a great way to network with other sustainability leaders from campus and the Ames community, and if you go, don't forget to walk down the Green Carpet, add a sustainability pledge to the Green Wall and snap a selfie at the Cy-lebrity Photo Booth!
This annual celebration was founded by The Green Umbrella student organization in 2012, and for many years served as the club’s signature event. Founded in 2009 by undergraduates Chandra Peterson and Clayton Severton, The Green Umbrella not only offers connection and networking opportunities to ISU’s student sustainability organizations, members also focus on educating the campus community on how to live green. In honor of the group's ongoing work to better our campus, Sustainapalooza was named the ISU Student Activity Center's 2013 Student Event of the Year.
For more information on this year's event, visit the Sustainapalooza Facebook Event Page.
*In considering COVID-19 precautions, attendees will notice much consideration incorporated during this year’s event to ensure attendee health and safety. While a bit different, the event will still offer many of the same opportunities, including GIY opportunities, local ingredient nibbles, sustainability organization tabling and networking and unique and green-minded prizes and giveaways.