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Amanda Marie Jacobson was born in Des Moines, Iowa on February 20, 1991. Amanda grew up in St. Charles, Iowa, and graduated from Interstate 35 Community High School in 2009. In May 2012, Amanda graduated Magna Cum Laude from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Community and Regional Planning and Environmental Studies and a minor in Political Science. At Commencement, Amanda represented the College of Design as Student Marshall. Following graduation, Amanda completed a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. Since completing her degrees, Amanda works professionally as a City Planner.
Amanda left a lasting mark at ISU through her work with Live Green!, Facilities Planning and Management, and Environmental Health and Safety on the Lab Glass Collection and Diversion Initiative. The goal of the initiative was to keep glass from labs out of the general waste stream. Amanda saw opportunity to expand the initial goals of the project to create a more sustainable glass collection program, and pioneered the use of Tidy Cats litter pails as glass collection bins in the labs. Through a partnership with Nestle Purina, Amanda secured a donation of 1,100 pails of Tidy Cats litter to the Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary with the requirement that all empty pails be returned to ISU for use in the new lab glass collection program.