University of Iowa

Sustainable Initiatives

About Us

The UI's 2020 Vision outlines seven ambitious sustainability targets. Facilities Management plays an integral role in helping The University of Iowa to meet several of these targets. In addition, Facilities Management is committed to a number of sustainable practices and programs in an effort to do our part in making the UI campus greener.



Our Commitment to Sustainability


University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld announced Feb. 20, 2017, that the University of Iowa campus will be coal-free by 2025. The UI Power Plant pioneered a unique and innovative source of biomass fuel-- oat hulls, and is currently growing, investigating and testing a number of other biomass fuels to meet its goal like Miscanthus energy grass and energy pellets.

The Building Commissioning Program ensures buildings operate to optimal designed conditions. New buildings will be initially commissioned and existing buildings will typically be re-commissioned in order to minimize energy consumption.

The University of Iowa is committed to sustainability in its campus development through the incorporation of green principles in the placement, design and construction of new campus facilities and major renovation projects.

Landscape Services oversees the installation of over 300 trees on average per year and is the first university in Iowa to receive Tree Campus USA designation.


CHP, also known as co-generation, is an efficient, clean, and reliable approach to generating power and thermal energy from a single fuel source.  CHP is part of our Utilities Production and Distribution.

Energy Control Center will serve as a centralized location for the monitoring, analysis, and efficient dispatching of utility systems.

Facilities Management is committed to evaluating, and using when possible, green-certified and recyclable janitorial materials and supplies.

Facilities Management is a strong partner, along with the UI Office of Sustainability, in supporting campus efforts to increase recycling and reduce waste

SEDD is an area roughly bounded by the UI Madison Street Services Building (MSSB), the University Services Building (USB) and the UI Power Plant. The area engages approximately eight different sustainable energy technologies.

Facilities Management has purchased electric vehicles with a vision to eventually convert more than 50% of Facilities Management’s fleet vehicles. Some departments are currently evaluating electric vehicles for the service fleet. A solar electric car charging station located just west of the University Services Building has space for approximately 20 electric vehicles.



Contact Us

For additional information related to green practices at the University of Iowa, please contact the UI Office of Sustainability.

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