College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
To challenge and inspire the greater University of Iowa community in solving the grand environmental challenges of the 21st century through transdisciplinary education, research, and service.
Transform the University's teaching and learning culture so that sustainability competency and literacy becomes a universal learning outcome
Collaborate with campus partners in creating and promoting student opportunities to develop skills as sustainability leaders
Create, advance, and excel in innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary sustainability research
Develop, strengthen, and support partnerships and programs that engage underrepresented groups on and off campus
Increase student, faculty, and staff engagement with community sustainability research and education
Engage, assist, and collaborate with colleges and auxiliary units to make campus operations more sustainable
Elevate the profile of sustainability across the University community
Our Strategic Plan
Download our 2022-2024 Strategic Plan
The University of Iowa's 2030 Campus Sustainability Goals
In 2019, as the University's 2020 sustainability goals were coming to a close, a task force was established to begin drafting the next set of campus sustainabilty goals. After two years of campus engagement and feedback, the University now has a new set of sustainability goals to be acheived by December 31, 2030.
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent
One hundred percent of undergraduate students will complete a sustainability-focused course before graduating
Become a Zero Waste campus by achieving PLAN Atlas Bronze Zero Waste certification*
Improve water quality in the Iowa River by creating best practices for stormwater management and water conservation
Embed sustainability into every college and auxiliary unit's strategic plan and report on progress annually
*Healthcare facilities will not be included in the zero waste goal, but will meet or exceed top performing healthcare facility diversion rates of at least 40%.
The University's 2020 Campus Sustainability Goals
In her 2008 Earth Day speech, President Mason challenged the University community to integrate sustainability deeply into our learning, discovery, and outreach missions. Similar calls for an increased focus on sustainability in University operations and academic activities were issued by the UI Faculty Senate, the Board of Regents, and Governor Chet Culver. By 2010, the University of Iowa launched its first set of campus-wide sustainability goals.
Download the goals and final report