Stop by Sustainapalooza

Cate Clark, caught green-handed

Cate Clark (right), clerk in the Student Activities Center, gets a pat on the back from student Chandra Peterson, co-president of The Green Umbrella student sustainability group. Clark earned her "green-handed" award for carry a reusable water bottle. Photo by Dan Bell.


President Steven Leath will give opening remarks and be the first to walk the green carpet at Iowa State's Sustainapalooza celebration on Feb. 28.

"Sustainapalooza: Celebrating our Cardinal, Gold and Green" will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall.

"We hope many faculty, staff and students will drop by to help us celebrate Iowa State's green accomplishments and look forward to even greater achievements in sustainability,"  said director of sustainability Merry Rankin.

Water bottle

Collapsible water bottle among "carpet walk" gifts.

The celebration will feature:

  • Brief remarks from Rankin, leaders from the university's Council on Sustainability and The Green Umbrella student organization.
  • A green carpet. Those who walk the carpet and write their green contributions or commitments on a wall will receive sustainable gifts.
  • Interactive empowering stations, where visitors can pick up a few tips on living greener, at home and in the office.
  • Poster presentations by student organizations, classes, researchers and others involved in sustainability projects.

Caught green-handed

To promote Sustainapalooza, members of The Green Umbrella student sustainability organization have been wandering campus over the past few weeks, catching, photographing and congratulating people practicing sustainable acts.

Sustainapalooza is sponsored by the Live Green! initiative, the university-wide Council on Sustainability, and The Green Umbrella.