Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) is focused on promoting and implementing sustainability initiatives that:

  1. represent the interests of Graduate, Professional, and Undergraduate Students,
  2. align with the University of Iowa Vision for Sustainability, and
  3. meet the "triple bottom-line" of sustainability.  That is, initiatives that are truly sustainable must be:
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Economically feasible
  • Socially equitable

Here are just a few initiatives regarding sustainability that GPSG, in collaboration with UISG, has completed or is currently working on:

 Important links & resources to help you be more sustainable at Iowa

Recycling links

20 Steps to Sustainability by 2020

The University of Iowa’s 2020 Vision and Targets for Sustainability, build on the important work that has taken place on campus since President Mason’s 2008 speech responding to the sustainability challenge.  It is the product of planning and initiatives undertaken by hundreds of people, including faculty, staff, students, and UI administrators.  It presents plans that have been adopted to pursue and expand sustainability efforts in several key areas of operations, research, education, and outreach.

The 2020 Vision is ambitious. It aims to create a truly sustainable future at UI.  Accomplishing the goals identified in this document will require concerted attention and significant effort over a number of years.  Nonetheless, although the projects and ideas identified in this document will be important foci of University sustainability efforts over the next several years, the 2020 Vision does not capture all that is being done, nor is it intended to preclude the development of new initiatives and new plans. On the contrary, by stating these medium-term goals clearly and forthrightly, we aim to set a floor, not a ceiling, on institutional efforts toward sustainability.

View the University's sustainability targets here and progress made from 2010-2015 here.


For more information about sustainability at Iowa or if you would like to volunteer your time to assist GPSG or UISG with implementing, promoting, and preserving any of the initiatives above, please reach out to: 

Christian Bako, GPSG Co-chair for Sustainability

Amina Grant, GPSG Co-chair for Sustainability

Emily Manders, UISG Director of Sustainability