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New 'Building for Iowa' website showcases UI campus construction

UI Facilities Management introduces a new Campus Master Plan website called 'Building for Iowa' to feature major campus building and flood recovery projects. The website brings together information previously dispersed in several web locations like project updates and timelines, renderings, the Campus Master Plan, and much more under one umbrella. Story

Recycling app makes UI student accidental entrepreneur

an iPhone is stuck in sand near a footprint.

A trip to Mexico inspired UI international studies major Blake Rupe to develop an app that encourages people to do something about litter. Story from: Des Moines Register

Des Moines Register

Environment and politics come together in new course

University of Iowa students got to spend time up close with state lawmakers this spring as part of a new Iowa Environmental Policy in Practice course, offered through the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Story

UI grows closer to energy goal


On Wednesday, the UI Office of Sustainability took one small step closer to its goal of sourcing 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources by planting 15 acres of biomass fuel: a plant called miscanthus. Story from: KGAN


UI renewable energy efforts extend to miscanthus


UI principal engineer Ferman Milster says he expects to see a commodities market develop for biomass, like the miscanthus that the UI is planning to start burning for steam. Story from: Iowa Public Radio

Iowa Public Radio

UI garden club promotes food sustainability among students

student garden

When UI sophomore Andrew Hirst wants to escape the demands of college life, he turns to the University of Iowa student garden; for him, there is nothing like digging in the dirt to rejuvenate the soul. Story from: Iowa City Press-Citizen

Iowa City Press-Citizen

UI research shows connection between green lawn, perceived social status


Lush green lawns dotted with trees and shrubs confer an aura of high social status on a household, and research by UI psychologist Rebecca Neel shows this association may make people hesitant to opt for natural landscapes requiring low water usage. Story from: Pacific Standard

Pacific Standard

Iowa Now Minute 5/2/2014

IowaNow Minute 5/2/2014Watch Iowa Now Minute, a weekly recap of the top stories at the University of Iowa.

See a roundup of recent University of Iowa activities, research, public engagement, and campus life in Iowa Now Minute. Video

Media Advisory: UI hosts biomass planting field day May 7

Members of the media are invited to a University of Iowa Biomass Fuel Project planting field day Wednesday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3590 Highway 1, S.W. in Iowa City, 0.5 miles west of Menards. Story

Schnoor comments on how weather shifts are impacting Iowans

Iowa River

Jerry Schnoor, co-director of the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, says it's not enough to adapt to the changing climate; we also need to adjust our behaviors to prevent even more changes. Story from: KWWL



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