Tuesday, Feb. 21, was the annual "ISU Day at the Capitol" in Des Moines. University teams of employees and students took some of Iowa State's most useful innovations to share with legislators.
The university's economic impact in the state for fiscal year 2021-22 is measured by its cutting-edge research, economic development support for business and industry, student and visitor spending, alumni earnings, campus operations and construction, and ISU Extension and Outreach.
Later next week, after 155 years of burning coal, Iowa State will quietly bid farewell to the carbon-based fuel when crews shut down the last coal-fueled boiler.
Composting food waste, donating unused meals, and sourcing produce from the ISU horticulture research station and local growers contribute to ISU Dining's sustainability efforts.
The goal is to have work on the C and D lots at the Iowa State Center finished by the start of fall semester and the 2023 football season.
An interdisciplinary research team found students are interested in learning more about sustainability, but don't always pursue opportunities to get involved in activities and coursework related to it.
Other items from the state Board of Regents Feb. 22 agenda: proposed parking permit and residence/dining rate increases, a new bachelor's degree, honorary degrees at spring commencement and a new peer set.
The ISU WellBeing program works to find ways to improve employees' lives. That effort frequently goes hand in hand with sustainability goals.
Effective March 1, university employees sending packages by air to a European Union country must provide item descriptions as well as global classification codes for their shipments.