Sustainability Events

During the year the Sustainability office hosts or supports multiple events to inform, teach and excite our community about leading a sustainable life. There are many things to get involved and show your support whether it be by going through the Be Green Certification or by simply using the OrangeMove resources as you move in and out of your residence hall room.

On October 1 and 2, 2012 will be the 2012 Wartburg Campus Sustainability Days. During this we will have two forums where you will have a prime opportunity to have your voice heard and influence the future of sustainability at Wartburg College. Events will include informational tables, bicycle tune-ups, giveaways and more.

Be Green Certification

Be Green Certification provides the Wartburg Community with a practical framework to live sustainable lives as stewards of the earth. The certification process is multilayered and customizable to maximize your individual desire to live sustainably.

  • To begin certification process, sign the Sustainability Pledge and fill out an online application
  • To be certified Bronze, fill out Water Usage Worksheet and complete the Be Green Check-list
  • To be certified Silver, complete the Watt Meter Worksheet and 1 elective worksheet
  • To be certified Gold, 2 more elective worksheets must be completed
  • To be certified Platinum, participants must complete 2 more elective worksheets and a final questionnaire

Elective Worksheets:

  • Calculate your Carbon Footprint
    • One Day a Week Meatless Challenge
    • Purchasing Audit
    • Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling at Campus Dining Facilities
    • Sustainability Focused Service Activity
    • Waste Audit
    • 500 Word Editorial to SEEDS

Email completed worksheets to Students, faculty, and staff that complete a level of certification will receive a button to pin on their jacket or backpack and names listed in the SEEDS newsletter.


During February and March over 600 colleges and universities across the country will compete against each other with their waste management skills. Who can collect the largest amount of recyclables, dispose the least amount of trash or have the highest recycling rate?

In 2012 Wartburg College won $2,500 for improving the most on our paper recycling from the beginning to the end.

The competition will run eight weeks from Sunday, February 5th to Saturday, March 31st. Everyone on campus can have an impact on our ranking in the competition as we are measuring the trash and recycling across campus. The less you throw away and the more you recycle the better we will do. Being our first year participating we feel really confident will rank high.

How we are competing: As a campus we will be measuring our trash and recyclables weekly and reporting them. We will get weekly updates on ranking and report those back to you as soon as possible. The final results for the overall winner will be released mid April. There are three major competition areas in which we are participating:

Waste minimization: Schools compete to see which produces the least amount of municipal solid waste (both recyclables and trash) per person. This competition is intended to reward those schools that generate the least amount of combined waste and recyclables, emphasizing reuse and source reduction over recycling.

Per Capita Classic: Schools compete to see which can collect the largest combined amount of paper, cardboard and bottles and cans per person. The Per Capita Classic is the original RecycleMania competition.

Targeted Materials: In addition to the primary competitions, schools may compete in targeted material categories. Wartburg has chosen to participate in Paper, Corrugated Cardboard, and Bottles and Cans. Other Iowa colleges participating have include Loras College, Mount Mercy University and Grinnell College. Iowa, Iowa State, Simpson, and Upper Iowa are also participating but not in the competition division.
If you have any questions or want to volunteer please contact the Sustainability office at
What to recycle


  • White paper
  • Magazines and Catalogs
  • Newspaper
  • Office Paper (all colors)
  • Junk mail (goes in mixed paper or white)
  • Phone books
  • Hard and softbound books

Bottles and cans:

  • #1 through #7 Plastic (e.g., soda, water, juice, beer, laundry detergent bottles)
  • Aluminum cans
  • Glass bottles and jars (lids must be removed)
  • Steel cans


  • Baled and unbaled cardboard boxes
  • Boxboard / chipboard


  • Chip Bags (Any Brand)
  • Candy Wrappers
  • Granola/energy bar wrappers
  • Cheese Bags (Shredded, Sliced, String, Block)
  • Drink Pouches
  • Soft Shell Taco Bags
  • Malt-O-Meal cereal bags & box liners
    (Please make sure the items are dry & any extra food is shaken/washed out)

Recyclemania started in 2001 and has expanded rapidly in 10 years. 630 colleges and universities competed in 2011 spanning 49 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and the U.K. (Press Release). Last year alone, 91 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials were recovered. This is equal to preventing the release of nearly 127,553 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from more than 25,000 passenger cars, electricity use of more than 15,500 homes, or burning nearly 695 railcars’ worth of coal!

Go Green Fair
Wartburg hosted its 2nd Annual Go Green Fair on Sunday, January 31st. 16 vendors came and brought information, products, and networking opportunities to help you do everything you want to do to become more sustainable. Additionally, two films were shown over the course of the fair.

Last year’s vendors included:

  • The Bremer County Conservation Board: This booth had a Recycling Jeopardy game.
  • Great American Outdoors: Brought their 2 electric vehicles.
  • The Waverly-Shell Rock High School Environmental Club: Brought information about their Tree Sale, as well as information about their club.
  • The Tall Grass Prairie Center: This booth had a display that highlighted Tall Grass Prairie Center’s 3 main programs: Roadsides, Ecotype, and the Prairie Institute.
  • The Genuine Faux Farm: Genuine Faux Farm is a family-run business and has been in operation since the summer of 2004. The farm is certified organic, raising vegetables, herbs, turkeys, ducks and chickens. Seedling heirloom tomato, pepper, eggplant and other vegetables plants are available from the farm in the Spring. All products from the farm are distributed locally through a CSA, farmers' market and direct sales. The Genuine Faux Farm also is active in educating others about local foods and sustainable actions.
  • The Iowa Conservation Education Coalition: ICEC prepares and empowers Iowa's formal and informal educators to promote environmental literacy. ICEC also facilitate networking between diverse partners.
  • Go Solar: This booth displayed various solar technologies.
  • Jr Solar Sprint: This booth had students build a solar powered car! They also had a mini wind turbine that lights up an LED when you blow on it.
  • Northern Iowa Food and Farm Partnership: Learn more about local food options. This booth had Buy Fresh, Buy Local directories/hand outs and some informative materials on NIFFP’s different programs and projects (winter farmers markets, farm to school, etc.).
  • Midwest Energy Savers: Sells Radiant Guard along with solar paint, laundry pure, solar and wind attic fan and garage door insulator.
  • Hansen’s Dairy: The Hansen family produces and processes their own milk on the farm southwest of Hudson. From the herd 150 registered purebred Holsteins comes fresh milk, cream, butter, cheese curds, ice cream, ground beef, stew meat, and smoked dried beef.
  • Interfaith Power and Light: Their display included a lightboard of a variety of compact fluorescent lightbulbs, educational resources on practical steps toward reducing an individual's carbon footprint, an introduction to their Cool Congregations program (an ecumenical program focused on calculating and reducing the household energy use of congregation members), and other resources geared towards energy efficiency.
  • Waverly Trees Forever: Trees Forever began in 1991 as an effort by Waverly Light and Power to promote trees for energy efficiency. Waverly Light and Power provides annual financial support to Waverly Trees Forever. Waverly Trees Forever in cooperation with Waverly Parks and Recreation Department and Waverly Shell Rock School Science Club, pursues grants and accepts donations and memorials.
  • Wartburg College’s Students for Peace and Justice (SPJ): SPJ is an active organization on campus that seeks to address injustices everywhere and work for a lasting peace. Over the last year, SPJ has been involved in the environmental movement, recognizing the connections between the environment and poverty and injustice.
  • Wartburg College’s EARTH organization: EARTH had information regarding upcoming events for the rest of the year as well as a recap on 350 week and other ways in which EARTH is involved on campus.
  • Wartburg College’s Energy and Environmental Sustainability Initiative (EESI): EESI had a table at this year’s Go Green Fair to talk about ways that the college is continuing its efforts to become more environmentally friendly.

Move-in and move-out days create large amounts of unnecessary waste for colleges across the country. OrangeMove is a program that educates students on how to move-in and out of their college residential hall sustainably. Whether you are on your way in or out these helpful tips will help you to be more green.

  • Wrap breakables in clothing or used newspaper instead of bubble wrap. This will help reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste that is created on move in days.
  • Pack your belongings in reusable bags, totes, or previously used boxes. At move out time the bookstore provides some very strong boxes for student use.

Prior to returning to campus in the fall, Wartburg students are educated on how to move into their residential halls sustainably. During move-in days volunteers reduce the amount of space cardboard takes up in the cardboard recycling areas by cutting down boxes. Other Move-in tips include:
  • Looking for the energy star label when purchasing appliances. These appliances have been certified by the US government to have superior energy efficiency.
  • Talk to your roommate(s). For items that can be shared between your room or suite, save yourself money and space and only bring one.
  • Bring a plant! Plants not only make your room or suite feel more like home, they also keep the air fresh.
  • Pack reusable containers and utensils. Bring a reusable water bottle or coffee mug to use around campus. Discounts are offered at Wartburg Dining locations for students who bring their own container!
  • When you are finished unpacking make sure to break down your boxes and place them in a “cardboard only” dumpster.


Donation stations are located in each residential hall’s lounge the last week of winter semester and May term. Students can donate unwanted, gently used items from their room by placing items in designated areas within each lounge. At the end of the week, volunteers pick-up and deliver collected items from the residential halls to local thrift stores. Items that students cannot donate can be recycled at each residential hall’s recycling station.