UNI Volunteer Tuesdays and Green Iowa AmeriCorps will partner for an Earth Day Highway Cleanup as part of UNI's Earth Week Celebration. Participants will pick up trash from a section of Highway 20. Pre-registration is required.
In honor of the 2014 UNI Earth Week Celebration, UNI students are invited to participate in an afternoon of relaxing yoga. This free event will feature certified UNI yoga instructors. All participants will receive a water bottle. Classes will be held at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required.
Can a simple 19th century technology change the world? For most North Americans, a bicycle ride or commute is a lifestyle choice. For countless others across the globe, each pedal stroke is progress out of poverty, toward an education and over the mountains of social and cultural discrimination.
"With My Own Two Wheels" profiles the lives of five people and portrays the powerful difference a bicycle has made for each of them and their communities. The film can be used to better understand their life circumstances, the power of an "appropriate" human-scale technology in an increasingly hi-tech world and to inspire discussion on how we can each contribute to improving the lives of people around the world, even in simple ways.
The Emmy Award-winning "Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story" tells the story of the unintended yet severe consequences of farming along the Mississippi and the efforts being taken to reverse this damage. America’s heartland boasts some of the world’s most productive farmland, but this bounty has come with a price. Excess crop fertilizers are contaminating the nation’s rivers, lakes and aquifers, while at the same time precious soil is washing away.
Join us in watching "The Clean Bin Project," the story about a couple competing against each other in an effort to live waste free for a year. Learn through their adventure how to recycle, buy locally and examine purchasing habits in order to eliminate waste. After the film viewers will be offered the opportunity to take up the challenge to live waste free for one month. Join the challenge, get tips and ideas on how to do it with the support of the other challenge members. Light dinner provided.
Join faculty in discussing Histories of the Dustheap. Histories of the Dustheap uses garbage, waste and refuse to investigate the relationships between various systems and shows how this most democratic reality produces identities, social relations and policies. This is the second of a three-part discussion series. Pre-registration required.
Tom Wind, Iowa DNR officer, will provide information about Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR). This relatively new technology was discovered in 1989 by two electrochemists at the University of Utah. A few determined scientists around the world continued this research to fully develop this technology with a few small companies who are on the verge of commercializing products that use this technology. This technology allows controlled fusion of hydrogen into helium in small modular reactors that can fit on a table top. The result is abundant thermal energy, with no radiation dangers, no radioactive byproducts and no combustion of fossil fuels. The cost of the hydrogen, the necessary materials and the catalysts are but a small fraction of the cost of traditional fossil fuels. Could this be the possible energy solution of the future?
Participate with faculty in a discussion of Histories of the Dustheap. Histories of the Dustheap uses garbage, waste and refuse to investigate the relationships between various systems and shows how this most democratic reality produces identities, social relations and policies. Join by using Adobe Connect or in person. Pre-registration is required; register here to participate.
Designing Healthy Communities is a four-part series that takes a comprehensive look at the impact America’s built environment has on public health, and at the people and communities working to turn things around through innovative solutions.
In the final episode, "Searching for Shangri-La," Dr. Jackson searches past and present America for model communities large and small that embody the intricate balance of health promoting design and human needs. Does the perfect community exist?