News & Events

APRIL 2017

 

UNI Conservation Corps -
GOOD NEIGHBOR CELEBRATION

Saturday, Apr. 22, 2017; 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Seerley Park, Cedar Falls

UNI Conservation Corps is launching a statewide public education campaign to reduce children's exposure to commonly used lawn and garden pesticides (weed killers, insecticides, fungicides). Celebrate the leadership of so many parks, schools, childcare centers and institutions who take public health evidence seriously and are managing their grounds without weed killers. Be a 'Good Neighbor' and help protect child health and local streams from unnecessary pesticide use. Bring the whole family!

See the invitation for more details... and share it!

 

CEDAR VALLEY ENERGY/CLIMATE ACTION EVENT
Saturday, Apr. 29

Save the date! This event will highlight the importance and urgency of transitioning our energy sector away from fossil fuels and toward renewable sources. Please join us in building a sustainable future for our community, our families, and our kids! (Details to follow.)

 

Green Iowa AmeriCorps -
SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS AMERICORPS POSITIONS

Apply now!

We are looking to recruit 10 passionate and motivated individuals for a one-year service experience in one of our service locations beginning on Monday, Sep. 4, 2017. As a full-time AmeriCorps member of our new program, you will serve as a “Sustainability Coordinator” for K-12 school districts throughout Iowa.  You will work in teams of two to enable districts to become more energy-efficient and environmentally conscious by implementing proper maintenance and operations objectives, creating hands-on educational programming for students and staff, and engaging students in project-based learning initiatives. Locations include Waverly-Shell Rock Community School District, Dubuque Community School District, Davis County Community School District, and more!

View the full description and position descriptions.

 

MAY 2017

 

The Way We Live -
SECRET LIVES OF "STUFF" eLEARNING COURSE

June 12 - November 15; 100% online

Explore with your K-12 students the “stuff” Americans use daily. These products have life cycles. They are extracted, transported, produced, used and disposed of around the globe - including in Iowa. Study how this "stuff" is a primary source of environmental problems. Upper level students then can find solutions to the question: How do we reconcile our desire to consume with our desire for a healthy planet? The course includes exploration of individual and collective actions.

Registration opens soon! Watch for details here.

 

UNI Conservation Corps -
COMMUNITY RAIN GARDENS PROJECT

UNI students completed the Community Rain Gardens Project in the fall. After examining water quality and urban stormwater best management practices, students designed and installed three rain gardens on residential properties in Cedar Falls within the Dry Run Creek Watershed. This UNI Conservation Corps project at the University of Northern Iowa was a collaboration between Maria Perez’s Capstone class (Biology) and the Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Project (Black Hawk Soil & Water Conservation District) led by Josh Balk. Additional support and participation: Laura Verden, UNI Landscape Architect; Eric Giddens, Tallgrass Prairie Center Program Manager and UNI Conservation Corps Coordinator.

Learn more about how UNI students, faculty/staff, and community partners can work with UNI Conservation Corps.

 

E-newsletter –
QUALITY TEACHER TOOLS FOR PROTECTING OUR PLANET

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