College Students

College Students

Why Should Young Adults Be Involved in the Issue of Climate Change?

The issue of climate change is an issue of generational justice, as young adults are inheriting impacts related to climate change that they did not create. The policies that are created today to deal with the issues will have an impact on young adults, youth, and children. Young adults need to have a voice in creating sustainable policies that will impact their futures. We are all interdependent, and their leadership is important as we work together for the common good.

How Can College Students Be Involved in the Work of Iowa IPL?

  • Sign up for our email list and stay up-to-date with advocacy alerts and upcoming events
  • Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, and recommend us to your friends
  • Post campus events related to environment and sustainability to our calendar page by contacting
  • Connect Iowa IPL to student groups that you are involved with, like campus ministries or environmental groups. Not connected at your campus? See our list of campus sustainability groups here.
  • Attend an Iowa IPL event, like our workshops: The Good Life Redefined, or Food, Faith, Climate
  • Invite a speaker from Iowa IPL to come to your campus
  • Become a volunteer for Iowa IPL – we are always looking for help with events, and volunteers to assist with communications and other organizational needs
  • Become an intern with Iowa IPL – contact Susan Guy at to find out how
  • Become a donor

What are Some Practical Steps to Become More Green on Campus?

  • Ride a bike, walk, or take public transportation instead of driving
  • Use reusable water bottles instead of purchasing plastic water bottles
  • Purchase vintage instead of new, it’s retro chic upcycling!
  • Use reusable bags when you shop
  • Take shorter showers
  • Make sure lights are off in rooms when not in use (including classrooms)
  • Use power strips to control power supplies for several devices. Shut them all off with one switch when not in use.
  • Start a garden, or work in an existing garden
  • Take only what you will eat from the cafeteria, lowering food waste
  • Compost if possible
  • Buy energy efficient lightbulbs, like LEDs

Check out our 25 Steps flyer for more ideas!

Take a fun quiz on your Environmental Quotient from Let’s Go Solar. Read their list of ideas for going green on your campus. It’s fabulous!

Get Inspired! Read what your peers are doing!

Kelsey Zlevor


Jamie Stallman