a man with a hardhat squats by a mix of coal and straw-like Miscanthus

Seeing benefit of biomass

Farmers, lawmakers tour miscanthus sites, Power Plant to learn about campus energy project
The University of Iowa hosted a show-and-tell of sorts Aug. 25, introducing federal and state lawmakers, farmers, and others to a new, locally grown crop the UI plans to use to produce energy on campus.
wind turbines

Iowa Public Radio Butler discusses state's vital role in wind power

P. Barry Butler, University of Iowa executive vice president and provost and professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, discusses President Obama's new plan, the hurdles to wind energy production, and what's next for wind energy in Iowa.

MEDIA ADVISORY: UI to host Biomass Fuel Project Field Day

Event will highlight sustainable energy efforts
The University of Iowa will host its 2015 Biomass Fuel Project Field Day. The Biomass Fuel Project was recently recognized as a recipient of the Iowa Governor's Environmental Excellence Award.
UI's Iowa Flood Center helps control water at local, regional, national levels

An eye on our most vital resource

Individuals, local governments, and national organizations make use of the Iowa Flood Center's research
How do local governments and national agencies monitor one of our most valuable resources? With research and data from the Iowa Flood Center.

Glory to the grass

UI wins governor's award for initiative to use grass type as renewable energy source
The University of Iowa has been recognized by the Iowa governor's office for an initiative to use a locally available grass as a renewable energy source. The UI's use of the grass, called Giant Miscanthus, is part of its goal of achieving 40 percent renewable energy consumption by 2020.

Iowa Board of Regents June 4 roundup

Mason honored during final board meeting of her presidency
Following are highlights from the Iowa Board of Regents meeting Thursday, June 4, at Iowa State University in Ames.
The Student Experience: Alex Zeppieri

The Student Experience: Alex Zeppieri

Engineering major develops sustainable furniture from cork...and it's comfy
Sustainability via serendipity: A course cancellation led Alex Zeppieri toward the path of designing and constructing environmentally sustainable furniture. It was a wonderful intersection of his two primary areas of study: engineering and art.