The UNI Sustainability Office facilitated and highlighted a number of projects that earned regional and national accolades for our university. Working toward these types of recognitions remains a key strategy.
Year 2 Milestone Awards and Recognitions:
STARS Gold rating – UNI was the first school in Iowa to submit our institution for rating and remains the highest rated school in the Midwest for campus sustainability.
Special Recognition in Water Quality: Iowa Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award – UNI was acknowledged for our outstanding efforts to reduce campus impacts on the water quality in Dry Run Creek.
Iowa Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award – The UNI and SUI Sustainability Offices jointly submitted a nomination, which was awarded to the Board of Regents for the comprehensive sustainability efforts at the three Regents Universities.
EPA Waste Wise – UNI was the first school in Iowa to become an EPA WasteWise partner organization. UNI has been highlighted by EPA Region 7 for our outstanding efforts in waste diversion.
Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) – Student employees of the Sustainability Office authored the first integrated pest management policy for campus. This submission received a bronze award from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
EPA OnCampus ecoAmbassadors – UNI was the host school for three EPA student ecoAmbassadors in 2011. These ecoAmbassadors were student employees of the UNI Sustainability Office and acted as not only a direct link between a federal agency and our campus, but also represented the interests of all other college and university campuses within EPA Region 7 (Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas)
Great Green Schools List – UNI was recognized as one of the “greenest” schools in the nation by the Princeton Review for the second year in a row in 2011. Recently UNI was notified that we will once again be included in this listing for 2012.