The University of Iowa’s school colors may be black and gold, but green is a leading philosophy at this Big Ten institution. Sharing her enthusiasm with over 55,000
students, faculty and staff is Liz Christiansen, the Director of the
Office of Sustainability. Take a tour of what it’s like to instill an
eco-friendly campus culture for the Hawkeyes.
How did you get your start in sustainability?
Before I joined the university in 2008, I was the Deputy Director of the Iowa
Department of Natural Resources. I loved learning about nature at a young age so my
educational background is in biological sciences.
Studying the interconnectedness of natural systems has always fascinated me and
ended up being good preparation for a career in sustainability. My position with Iowa
brings my education, experience, and passion together.
What gets you excited about your job?
We have so many terrific initiatives in the works right now that it’s hard to pick just
one! I think the Biomass Fuel Project in the UI Facilities Management, Utilities and
Liz Christiansen – Director of the University of Iowa Office of Sustainability
Director of Sustainability, University of Iowa
Project Manager, Honey Creek Resort
Deputy Director, Iowa DNR
Administrator, Iowa DNR Land Quality and
Grants Manager, Linn County, IA
Bluestem Solid Waste Agency
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FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, UNIVERSITY OF IO WA