News & Events


July 2015


UNI students improve access to local foods -

Students are serving two Waterloo neighborhoods through an initiative to make fresh, locally grown vegetables more available in areas that lack access to good foods at affordable prices. Through an arrangement with local farms, students volunteer to harvest the produce they purchase from farmers, saving labor costs and enabling them to sell the food at a lower price. The initiative creates opportunities for UNI students to engage the local community while bringing fairness to our food system.

See them in action on KCRG news. For more information, contact Kamyar Enshayan ( or 319-273-7575).


Trail Cleanup
Saturday, July 18; 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Trail location TBD

Help Green Iowa AmeriCorps in keeping our community beautiful! We will be picking up trash on trails in the area and need your help. Bags and gloves will be provided!

If interested in helping out, email or call Alex at 319-273-7233.



Open for the season -
Thursdays through October 29; 4-6 p.m.
2205 College Street, Cedar Falls (map)

New vendors this year! Fresh produce, crafts, homemade bread, homemade jelly, fresh cut flowers, and food prepared by La Calle!


Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition -
Tuesdays; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Downtown Waterloo Farmers Market

Join Green Iowa AmeriCorps at the HCVC Children’s Booth project for a variety of energy and environmental conservation activities, including plant flowers, making seed balls, creating your own resuable bag, and much more!


Buy Fresh Buy Local -

The Buy Fresh, Buy Local Food Guide helps connect consumers to the array of local foods available in Black Hawk and surrounding counties. Find local farmers and restaurants, grocery stores, cafés, retail stores, and institutions who purchase locally grown foods! View and share the guide now!

Contact Jodie Huegerich, UNI Local Food Program Coordinator ( or 319-273-7883).


Helping Students Protect the Environment and Live Well -

Monday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 16; 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 14;  9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Linn County Waste Agency Education Center
(1954 County Home Road, Marion, Iowa)

Explore with your students the products Americans use daily - “the stuff of life.” These products have a life cycle: They are extracted, transported, produced, used and disposed of around the globe. Study how this “stuff” is a primary source of environmental problems and examine how this relates to life satisfaction. Course content is real and relevant. Materials introduced are interdisciplinary and classroom-ready, designed so your students learn essential skills and concepts from the Iowa Core as well as NGSS Science and Engineering Practices.

Learn more and find registration information here, and contact Susan Salterberg for more information (


UNI Local Food Program -

Gardeners, did you know that you can plant and donate extra produce in support of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank? Help the food bank collect Fresh Food for Families!

For more information, contact Sheri Huber-Otting ( or 319-235-0507 ext. 108).


PV system upgrade -

The CEEE recently upgraded its PV system to provide more power – an increase from 900 to 1,500 Watts. Monitor CEEE energy production onlineThis webpage reports past production, calculates carbon offset, produces graphs, and displays photographs. Each PV panel is monitored separately, allowing the CEEE to perform experiments comparing various panel orientations and measuring the effects of snow or dust.

Read more about the CEEE facility features!


Helping Students Protect the Environment -

Resources to assist traditional and nontraditional educators in helping students and people of all ages “live what they love” and consume differently are available in the Educator Resource database that includes 125+ lesson plans, videos and other resources for use in the classroom and in nontraditional educational settings. The resources are searchable by grade level, material type, topic and content areas.


The Way We Live -

Watch how middle school teacher Emily Stensland used the book, Material World: A Global Family Portrait by Peter Menzel, to engage her students in exploring needs and wants around the world, taking action, and mentoring younger students. Click here to watch her professional development video (72 sec.).

Another group of creative, dedicated teachers from a 2014 workshop helped their students learn about the life cycles of products. Students explored the materials in a cell phone, found out where the raw materials were extracted, and estimated the distance each component traveled.
Read about even more classroom examples here.

These teachers’ projects emerged from a professional development course, Helping Students Protect the Environment and Live Well. Next workshop opportunity: June 15-16, 2015. Watch this space for information!