The University of Iowa Outlines 2030 Sustainability Goals


Maxwell Bernstein | May 8, 2020

The University of Iowa has outlined six new goals to focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing sustainability literacy, and education by 2030 according to a Iowa Now. These goals are a collaboration between the 2030 UI Sustainability Task Force which includes: faculty, staff, and students. 

As provided in the press release the goals framework include:

  1. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% and to pursue a renewable energy supply strategy through energy conservation and a comprehensive decarbonization plan.
  2. Embed sustainability into campus culture. 
  3. Expand sustainability research, scholarships, and create opportunities for researchers to find solutions. 
  4. Use campus as a “living laboratory” for sustainability education and exploration by increasing opportunities for students and researchers to use sustainability as a means for education. 
  5. Provide students with skills and knowledge to be sustainable in a 21st century society.
  6. Facilitate knowledge exchange among the campus community, the state of Iowa, the country, and the world by creating partnerships. 

Some achievements that the university has made since 2010, according to Iowa Now, include:

  • Total energy usage is slightly lower regardless of 15 new buildings and additional campus changes.
  • 40% of UI energy consumption comes from renewable energy sources. 
  • 75% reduction in annual coal consumption.
  • 50% of UI’s purchased power comes from wind energy. 

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