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Sara Maples is the Interim Director of the University of Iowa Office of Sustainabilty. Before being appointed interim director, she worked as a Sustainablity Manager at the UI Tippie College of Business, and was responsible for the development and implementation of the college-wide initiative to integrate sustainability into research, curriculum, operations, student life and outreach. She initiated the Tippie Impact Competition, now co-sponsored by Frontier Co-op, which encourages students to develop sustainable business models that must include accounting for societal costs and benefits. She also recently completed the college’s sustainability report, in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (G4) standards. She also works as the Research Support Manager at the Tippie College.
Prior to working at TCOB, Maples worked as a Project Manager in the UI Office of Sustainability and developed the Energy Sustainability Index. The index was designed to inform Facilities Management leaders regarding the sustainability impact of fuel choices at the Main Power Plant. The project was funded in part by a grant from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.
From 2011 to 2012, Maples was the Program Coordinator for the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) and from 2009 to 2011, was the Program Associate for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Sea Grant Network. She worked with coastal communities on education programs that addressed the potential impacts of climate change in the Great Lakes region.
Maples graduated from the University of Kansas with joint degrees in Journalism and History. She received her Master of Science from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment with focuses in Behavior, Education and Communication and in Environmental Policy and Planning.
See her bio from the Tippie College of Business.