Envisioning Our Next Sustainable Decade

The 10th annual Iowa State University Symposium on Sustainability will be held Feb. 18-19, 2019 at Stephens Auditorium and in the Memorial Union.

Iowa State University's Live Green! Initiative provides a call to action to all students, faculty, and staff to be fully committed and engaged in ensuring our next sustainable decade. Through our actions and decisions regarding our campus, its operations and initiatives we can make efforts to support our next sustainable decade.

Symposium Overview

The 2019 Symposium on Sustainability celebrates the diversity of sustainability efforts and initiatives taking place within our campus community focusing on supporting and nurturing enablement and empowerment toward a sustainable future that extends into the Ames community, as well as communities across the state and throughout the world. Features of this year’s event are a juried sustainability poster session, a juried art show and tabling reception, keynote lecture, clothing swap, discussion panel and the presentation of the 2018 Live Green! Awards for Excellence in Sustainability.

Keynote Lecture: Captain Scott Kelly - "The Sky is Not the Limit"

This year’s opening keynote is retired NASA Astronaut Captain Scott Kelly.
His lecture is entitled “The Sky is Not the Limit.” Captain Kelly captivated the world and seized the
imagination of millions during his record-breaking year spent living in the International
Space Station; proving that the sky is not the limit when it comes to the potential of the
human spirit. On his trip, Captain Kelly, together with his identical twin brother Mark (the husband
of Arizona Senator Gabrielle Giffords) on Earth, paving the way for the future of space
travel and exploration. Captain Kelly helped the world see the impacts of climate change when
he returned from his 2017 expedition and shared pictures of Earth covered in
pollution. Following his address, Captain Kelly will be available for photographs and autographs.

Captain Kelly's lecture will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18, at Stephens Auditorium.
For more information about Captain Scott Kelly and his work, visit the Lectures Program website.

Juried Sustainability Poster Session & Juried Art Show HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Poster abstracts and tabling displays are 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. A Juried Poster session and Juried Art Show provide an excellent venue to discuss and exchange of scientific information.

Posters are invited and encouraged from the following areas:

  • Alternative/Renewable Energy Sources
  • Arts and Culture
  • Biodiversity
  • Energy Efficiency & Resource Conservation
  • Food Systems
  • Green Design & Products
  • Green Transportation
  • Social Engineering/Behavioral Change
  • Sustainable Community Planning
  • Sustainable Materials
  • Toxic Reductions
  • Waste Management, Diversion and Reduction
  • Water Quality/Flood Management

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.

All nominations are evaluated based on their impacts in the following areas: Cultural Impact, Impact on Natural Resources, Economic Impact, Transferability, Legacy to the Live Green Initiative and Sustainability. For more information on the specific focus of interest within each of these areas, refer to the Live Green Award for Excellence in Sustainability Selection Criteria document.

Excellence in areas or initiatives related to sustainability that are applicable to the nomination for the Live Green! Award could include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Teaching: expanding and diversifying sustainability awareness and education through efforts and achievements related to a course, curriculum or program.
  • Research: expanding and diversifying sustainability understanding and discovery through efforts and achievements.
  • Outreach: expanding and diversifying sustainability relevance and transferability through efforts and achievements to internal and/or external audiences at Iowa State, Ames and/or local communities.
  • Operations: expanding and diversifying sustainable practices and procedures as related to the day-to-day operational management and maintenance of Iowa State University. 

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