University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld announced in February 2017 that the university campus will be coal-free by 2025. The University of Iowa Power Plant will increase its use of biomass and other renewable energy sources to meet this goal.
The University of Iowa’s new Visual Arts Building was named “Best in the Midwest” for 2016. Winners were selected based on evidence of innovation, creative use of new technology, sustainability, strength of presentation, and great design.
The building, which opened in August, was designed by Steven Holl Architects.