Join us in empowering Iowans with the knowledge, experiences, tools, and inspiration needed to create a sustainable and desirable future for our communities.



The Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) creates opportunities for UNI students, faculty and staff to work with community leaders to arrive at evidence-based, solution-oriented responses to the problems they wish to address. We offer technical assistance, educational programs, and leadership in energy conservation and renewable energy, environmental conservation and community-based agriculture. The CEEE serves Iowa cities, counties, school districts, teachers, farmers, businesses, elected officials, state agencies, community leaders, citizen organizations and individuals.




  • Kamyar Enshayan
    Kamyar Enshayan
    CEEE Director

    Kamyar works to turn science into action in energy conservation, renewable energy, and sustainable agriculture. He has taught environmental studies at UNI since 1993.

    ON FACEBOOK: Center for Energy & Environmental Education

    kamyar.enshayan@uni.edu / (319) 273-7575
  • Ashley Coffin
    Ashley Coffin
    Green Iowa AmeriCorps Program Director

    Ashley is program director of the CEEE's flagship AmeriCorps program, Green Iowa AmeriCorps. The program operates in 20+ locations throughout the state and provides Iowans with the tools to become more energy efficient and environmentally conscious.

    AT THE CEEE: Green Iowa AmeriCorps
    ON FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/GreenIowaAmericorps
    ON INSTAGRAM: @greeniowaamericorps

    ashley.coffin@uni.edu / (319) 273-7273
  • Carmen Finken
    Carmen Finken
    Green Iowa AmeriCorps Program Manager

    Carmen is one of the Green Iowa Program Managers, overseeing regular program operations.


    finkenc@uni.edu / (319) 273-7194
  • Jodie Huegerich
    Jodie Huegerich
    UNI Local Food Program Manager

    Jodie Huegerich, RDN, LD has been the UNI Local Food Program Director for almost 9 years. She has completed the Local Food Leader and Community Food System training from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She works to connect local food producers with local food buyers. She is on the statewide RFSWG (Regional Food System Working Group) Steering Committee as well as the Iowa Food System Coalition Steering Committee. She co-leads the local coalition, Cedar Valley Regional Food & Farm Network and works on a variety of grant funded projects. 

    AT THE CEEE: UNI Local Food Program
    ON FACEBOOK: Cedar Valley Regional Food & Farm Network

    ON INSTAGRAM: Cedar Valley Regional Food & Farm Network

    ON TWITTER: Cedar Valley Regional Food & Farm Network


    jodie.huegerich@uni.edu / (319) 273-7883
  • Sarah Steinmeyer
    Sarah Steinmeyer (she/her)
    VISTA Program Coordinator

    Sarah Steinmeyer (VISTA Program Coordinator) manages the Nourish Iowa VISTA Project to build capacity in non-profit organizations across the state that seek innovative ways to improve our Food System.  She is on state and local working groups and coalitions with the goals of building relationships, resilience and community collaboration with local food partners. Sarah works closely with a variety of AmeriCorps service members in the Cedar Valley including FoodCorps and Green Iowa members. She co-leads the Local Food Access Collective Action Groups with the Cedar Valley Regional Food & Farm Network and works on a variety of grant funded projects. 

    At the CEEE: UNI Local Food / Community Food Security VISTA Project
    On Facebook: Community Food Security VISTA Project in Iowa / Cedar Valley Regional Food & Farm Network
    On Instagram: Cedar Valley Regional Food & Farm Network

    sarah.steinmeyer@uni.edu / (319) 273-2626
  • Audrey E. Tran Lam
    Audrey E. Tran Lam
    Environmental Health Program Manager

    Since 2017, Audrey has managed the CEEE's environmental health initiatives, working where human health and environmental sustainability meet. She holds a masters degree in Public Health from the University of Iowa, a plant-based nutrition certificate from eCornell, and a graduate certificate from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Food Systems, the Environment, and Public Health. Audrey currently serves on the board of the Iowa Rural Health Association and the Heartland Health Research Alliance. 

    ON FACEBOOK: Good Neighbor Iowa

    audrey.tranlam@uni.edu / (319) 273-7150
  • Leah Baethke
    Leah Baethke
    Green Iowa AmeriCorps Program Manager

    Leah is one of the Green Iowa Program Managers, overseeing regular program operations.

    leah.baethke@uni.edu / (319) 273-7194
  • Shawn Fluckey E&C PM
    Shawn Fluckey
    Green Iowa AmeriCorps Program Manager

    Shawn is one of the Green Iowa Program Managers, overseeing regular program operations.

    shawn.fluckey@uni.edu / (319) 273-7273
  • Kathryn Gilbery photo
    Kathryn Gilbery
    Local Food Access Coordinator

    Kathryn Gilbery is the Local Food Access Coordinator and serves the community by building and sustaining programs including- Veggie Vouchers, urban garden initiatives, incubator farm, and co-leading the Cedar Valley Regional Food & Farm Network. Kathryn has been involved with UNI’s food access programs since 2015 when she served as the program’s first AmeriCorps VISTA and has continued to partner and build capacity with a variety of organizations in Iowa. Kathryn also enjoys gardening, supporting local farmers at farmers markets and the grocery store, and being active outdoors.


  • Brandy Case Haub Member Support
    Brandy Case Haub
    Green Iowa AmeriCorps Member Support Coordinator

    Brandy serves as the Member Support Coordinator for Green Iowa AmeriCorps, ensuring that our National Service members are engaged in a successful and meaningful service term.

  • Laura Mast
    Laura Mast
    Recruitment Specialist

    Laura is the Recruitment Specialist for Green Iowa AmeriCorps. She helps recruit new AmeriCorps members and works collaboratively with the Green Iowa AmeriCorps host agencies.

CEEE In Action
Engaging students in the community