Council Special Interest


The mission of The Green Umbrella is to bring together different student sustainability organizations to make Iowa State students more aware of sustainable efforts around them. Our goals are three-fold. 1. Create an open forum for discussion about Green Initiatives at ISU. 2. Act as one voice to ISU administration about student sustainability issues 3. Brainstorm ways to teach students how they can make their lives more sustainably, how they can participate in Go Green efforts, and how they can voice their opinions on sustainable issues.


This organization has no affiliations.

Constitution / Tier

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Tier Student Organization - Registered

Membership Information

Student Members 9
ISU Members 1
Non-ISU Members 0
Allowed Members Anyone
Allowed Officers Anyone may run for a position
Membership Qualifications Sustainability is a highly interdisciplinary concept and open to everyone interested!
Membership Restrictions None
Elections/Selection Elections are held at the end of the spring semester
Meetings Tuesday. Email Ashley or Valentine to join our email list for meeting reminders and information: or

Description of Regular Meetings/Activities

General agenda includes introductions, updates from officers and other organizations, volunteering and social event announcements, breaking into committees to work, and sometimes a fun video.

Description of Special Events

What: National Campus Sustainability Day When: Late October; afternoon event Where: Library Free Speech Zone NCSD is an event where we invite many affiliated sustainability clubs as well as local businesses and university entities to showcase what they do through tabling. The Green Umbrella facilitates conversation and offers prizes for talking to groups including reusable mugs and a raffle.
What: Sustainapalooza When: Late February; evening event Where: Memorial Union Great Hall Sustainapalooza happens as a kickoff event to the Live Green Symposium on Sustainability. We often have a keynote speaker the day before or after the event and another speaker at the end of the event. We will have interactive learning stations which we call Green It Yourself Centers where people can learn interesting sustainability related skills such as indoor gardening, how to make clothing out of old materials, bicycle maintenance, and outdoor survival skills. We often build a centerpiece called the Green Wall to showcase The Green Umbrella and sustainability at Iowa State, and ask people to make a pledge to live green while offering prizes. There is also a professional poster session and local food available.
What: Earth Day When: April 22nd Where: TBD Our Earth Day celebration is an event that has taken the same form as NCSD in the past, but this year we have the opportunity to collaborate with our affiliated organizations to make it bigger and better than ever!
What: The Green Umbrella/CABLE Carbon-Negative Idea Contest When: April 11th 3pm Where: SICTR 3204 Have you got a unique Idea to reduce our day-to-day life carbon footprint? Can you present your ideas with scientific and economic analysis? Can you make it understandable for the non-academic audience? Register for the Carbon Negative Idea Contest! Explain your ideas in a five-minute presentation and have the chance to win one of three prizes up to $300.