Nov. 11, 2010

Hold the date: Sustainability symposium is Feb. 21-22

Details are coming together for Iowa State's third annual Symposium on Sustainability, Feb. 21-22, 2011, in the Memorial Union. It also will be presented as a live webcast. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend at no cost.

New to this year's symposium is a two-day structure -- in response to feedback from last year's attendees.

"The new symposium schedule recognizes that it's challenging for students, faculty and staff to commit an entire day to attend," said Merry Rankin, director of sustainability and a member of the planning committee. "The committee's goal is to engage as much of the university community as possible, and we hope the new structure will offer flexibility as people plan around other commitments."

Monday afternoon and evening

On Feb. 21, all students, staff and faculty will have the opportunity to propose and discuss their visions for a sustainable Iowa State University. During the afternoon, each group will strategize individually and then summarize their discussion for the larger group. In the evening, a reception and sustainability poster session will precede a public lecture.

Tuesday morning

Feb. 22 features a keynote address, reflection on the university's Live Green accomplishments of the past year and a look forward. An awards luncheon, featuring a local menu prepared by ISU Dining, will conclude the symposium.

Stay tuned for details

Online registration for the symposium will open Dec. 1. An evolving list of symposium activities, including keynote speaker details, poster submission instructions and award nomination materials, will be posted on the Live Green website.