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Iowa State University

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With the publication of the College Sustainability Report Card 2010, more than 1,100 school survey responses from over 300 institutions are now available online. In total, these surveys offer more than 10,000 pages of data collected from colleges and universities during the summer of 2009 . To access surveys from other schools, go to the  surveys section  of the website. To see grades, or to access additional surveys submitted by this school, please click the "Back to Report Card" link at the beginning or end of the survey.

 

Name:   Gregory Swiss
Position (in student organization):   President
Date survey submitted:   July 14, 2009

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.
Name of organization:  Engineers for a Sustainable World   
Number of active members:  70+
Website:  http://www.stuorg.iastate.edu/esw/
Date of last meeting: April 15 th 2009
Frequency of meetings:  1/month
Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008:

  • India Projects

Work in coordination with Kansas State University and Dehradun Institute of Technology to develop sustainability focused projects designed for a rural area in Dehradun, India.  The three initial projects being worked on are listed below:

1)      Solar Fruit Dryer-develop a small scale low cost solar fruit dryer designed for drying figs.  This will allow farmers to add value to a product that might otherwise go spoiled.

2)      Solar Street Light-develop and test a prototype of a solar powered street light to provide light along roads for several hours after sunset.  Develop a strategy for layout of the street lights.

3)      Rooftop Rainwater Collector- provide suggestions to improve the performance and quality of an already existing rainwater collector.  Study the feasibility of additional rooftop rainwater collectors at households and suggest site possibilities.

  • Building Energy Reduction

Perform an energy audit at an Engineering building on campus and see what low cost and occupant habit changes could be made to reduce energy consumption by 10%.  Using a similar method as in the first building expand to other buildings around campus reducing energy usage.
Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008:

  • India Projects

Solar Fruit Dryer-traveled to project site and is in the process of determining if the variety of figs are suitable for drying and designing a solar dryer.

Solar Street Light-traveled to project site and offered advice on location strategies of the street lamps.  Designed a prototype street lamp to be tested at Iowa State campus.

Rooftop Rainwater Collector-traveled with project site made suggestions to improve current water quality.  Performed feasibility calculations of additional rainwater collectors.

  • Building Energy Reduction

An initial energy audit plan to estimate potential savings of different energy reduction methods has been created and the team is currently waiting for the next term to begin so an accurate audit can be performed when the building is in full use.             


SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS
2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?
[ X ]  No

SUSTAINABILITY IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT
3) Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?
[X ]  Yes. Please describe: Director of Sustainability

Responsibilities: Works as a liaison between the University’s Council on Sustainability and the Government of Student Body (GSB) and serves as the GSB’s representative on the President’s Advisory Committee on Energy Conservation and Global Climate Change. This position will work cooperatively with university committees and councils as well as other sustainability groups on campus in order to inform the student body on ways to live more green.

OTHER ACTIVITIES
4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:  

Drives not to Drive - get students to pledge not to drive their vehicles for 1 week to 1 month.

Reusable Water Bottle Sales – sold reusable water bottles as a fundraiser to help support our other activities.

5) Please list and briefly describe any other student-run organizations related to campus sustainability at your school, and provide URLs if available (e.g., student groups; student government committees; student-run food co-ops, gardens/farms, bike co-ops) and provide contact information of the student leaders, if possible:  

  • Architecture for Humanity-Iowa, a group of students and faculty who work on a variety of projects, such as recycling efforts and weatherizing homes of low-income families.
  • Environmental Science Club promotes discussion among students, faculty, and environmental science professionals and works on environmentally friendly projects.
    • President: Claire Steinweg
  • Emerging Green Builders aims to integrate students and young professionals into the green building movement.
    • http://www.stuorg.iastate.edu/egb/homepage.html
    • President: Ryan McGreger
  • Soil & Water Conservation Club fosters the science and the art of soil, water and related natural resource management to achieve sustainability.
    • http://www.stuorg.iastate.edu/swcc/
    • Vice President: Drew Simonsen
  • The Solar Decathlon Team consists of students and faculty who are designing and building a solar powered home to compete on the Mall in Washington, D.C., in October 2009.
    • http://www.solard.iastate.edu/
    • Ulrike Passe
  • Student Environmental Council raises the awareness and undertakes projects to improve the natural environment.
    • http://sodb.stuorg.iastate.edu/view.php?id=470
    • President: Megan Songer
  • Student Organic Farm is a 6-acre farm, where students practice and experiment with organic production methods.
    • http://isustudentorganicfarm.weebly.com/
    • President: Theodore Gunther
  • Team PrISUm is a multidisciplinary student organization that designs, builds, and races solar-powered electric vehicles.
    • http://solarcar.stuorg.iastate.edu/
    • Project Director: Mike Steffen
  • Water Quality Club brings together students interested in the engineering and science to meet water needs while protecting the environment.
    • http://www.stuorg.iastate.edu/wqc/
    • President: Po-Heng Lee

 

Question 6 is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

6) Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus Climate Challenge, Sierra Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition):  Engineers for a Sustainable World (National Chapter)

 

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Name: Meg Songer

Position (in student organization): President

Date survey submitted: June 10, 2009

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.

Name of organization: Iowa State University Student Environmental Council

Number of active members: 25

Website: n/a

Date of last meeting: Tuesday, April 21 st , 2009

Frequency of meetings: Weekly

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: Our mission is to raise the awareness of the ISU community to issues regarding the integrity of our natural environment. We have implemented an “Adopt-A-Part-of-Campus” program that helps students keep our campus clean and litter-free.

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008: Successful and still progressing

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?

[ X ]  No

[  ]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.

#1 - Name of competition:

Year initiated:

Frequency of competition:

Participants:

Incentives:

Goal of competition:

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:

Lasting effects of competition:

Website:

 

#2 - Name of competition:

Year initiated:

Frequency of competition:

Participants:

Incentives:

Goal of competition:

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:

Lasting effects of competition:

Website:

 

SUSTAINABILITY IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT

3) Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?

[  ]  No

[ X ]  Yes. Please describe: ISU recently implemented the ISU Live! Green Initiative that is concerned with connecting all of the clubs, groups, and organizations on ISU’s campus that are involved with sustainable and environmental efforts.

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:   We raised money to fund making environmentally friendly aluminum water bottles as well as participating in the Environmental Fair at the 2009 Jax Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival. Additionally, several members of SEC participated in the Campus Consciousness Tour, which made a stop in Ames in November 2008.

 

5) Please list and briefly describe any other student-run organizations related to campus sustainability at your school, and provide URLs if available (e.g., student groups; student government committees; student-run food co-ops, gardens/farms, bike co-ops) and provide contact information of the student leaders, if possible:  

- Iowa State University Emerging Green Builders <isuegb@gmail.com>

- Engineers for a Sustainable World <eswinfo@iastate.edu>

- ISU Horticulture Club <www.stuorg.iastate.edu/hortclub/>

- Soil and Water Conservation Club <swcc@iastate.edu>

- Student Organic Farm <stufarm@iastate.edu>

- ISU Habitat for Humanity <habitatexec@iastate.edu>

 

Question 6 is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

 

6) Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus C limate Challenge, Sierra Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition):   n/a

 

 

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