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'Live Green!': Iowa State's conservation, sustainability efforts are moving forward
AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy is committed to making ISU a model of energy efficiency and reducing the university's carbon footprint. Last January, he formed a 16-member advisory committee to help him pursue that vision. And now, the President's Advisory Committee on Energy Conservation and Global Climate Change has developed recommendations that Geoffroy is ready to implement on campus.
Geoffroy today announced the following new programs as part of the university's "Live Green!" initiative:
The new "Live Green!" initiatives are the latest in a number of conservation efforts that have been under way for some time at Iowa State, including the Council on Sustainability and the Energy Conservation Task Force. In February, Iowa State joined approximately 100 other universities and colleges to pilot a new campus sustainability rating system -- STARS, or the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System. The voluntary system was developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and helps institutions of higher learning assess their progress in developing programs and practices that promote social responsibility and environmental stewardship.
Still, President Geoffroy says Iowa State can do more.
"I'm asking all students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to join in our Live Green effort -- individually and collectively -- through their colleges and departments, in their homes, and various organizations," Geoffroy said.
For example, President Geoffroy has already made a number of changes in his office to conserve energy. More efficient light fixtures will use 35 percent less energy and result in $800 in savings per year. Printers and computers are turned off at night and on weekends -- a small step that can save energy and about $190 per workstation, per year, according to ISU's Facilities Planning & Management Department.
Learn more about the university-wide effort to turn Iowa State into a national model of energy efficiency at www.livegreen.iastate.edu.
A new Office of Sustainability Programs is among several new Live Green! programs recently announced by President Geoffroy.
"I'm asking all students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to join in our Live Green effort -- individually and collectively -- through their colleges and departments, in their homes, and various organizations."
President Gregory Geoffroy