News & Events


February 2015


Green Iowa AmeriCorps -
February 6-8
Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, Waterloo

Green Iowa AmeriCorps volunteers will join other home and landscaping exhibits at the show.

Green Iowa AmeriCorps -
Thursday, Feb. 19; 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
UNI Career Fair, McLeod Center
Green Iowa AmeriCorps is hiring service minded individuals to help Iowa communities save energy, provide energy conservation education and engage the community in worthwhile outreach activities. Talk with team members to learn about program opportunities. Full-time 6 month positions begin March 2015 with openings available in our Des Moines and Dubuque, Iowa sites. View the flyer for details. 
Visit with Green Iowa AmeriCorps members at the UNI Career Fair, or contact Program Director Ashley Craft ( for more information. Applications available at
Saturday, Feb. 21; 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Interested in homesteading, DIY, seed saving, raising chickens, beekeeping, sustainability and self reliance? Attend the Sustainability & Self Reliance Workshop at the CEEE and join a wide variety of concurrent sessions such as, raising backyard chickens, composting, bee keeping, seed saving, cheese making, small scale agriculture, CSA’s, and more. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Francis Thicke of Radiance Dairy in Fairfield, IA. Lunch will be served for those that pre-register. Registration is $20 at the door (lunch on your own). This workshop is a made possible by a partnership between Black Hawk County Conservation Board (BHCCB), Black Hawk County Solid Waste Commission, and support from the University of Northern Iowa.

Click here for more workshop information.

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, offered by The Way We Live. Next workshop opportunity: June 15-16, 2015. Watch this space for information!



CEEE recently upgraded its PV system to provide more power – an increase from 900 to 1,500 Watts – and allow the CEEE to monitor energy production live on a new CEEE-PV website. After just 3 weeks (1/8-1/31/15), the system produced 82.8 kWh of energy. On the CEEE-PV website reports will show past production, calculate carbon offset, produce graphs, and display 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.

The CEEE thanks Alex Darragh, Wulfekuhle Electric, Nyle McMartin, Sierra Club, Pat Higby, and Bill Stigliani who contributed to these upgrades. Special thanks to Alex Darragh who led the initiative to get the system back on line.


The Way We Live -

The Way We Live collected resources to assist traditional and nontraditional educators in helping students and people of all ages “live what they love” and consume differently. The Educator Resource database 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.

Green Iowa AmeriCorps -
Holiday Lights Recycling Drive
Green Iowa AmeriCorps collected 1,072 pounds – 5 miles! – of old holiday lights from members of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls community. The lighting was demanufactured and scrapped, saving more than half a ton of waste from local landfills.
Education event at Valley Lutheran School
Team members taught K-2 students about composting and treated them to a round of Oreo dirt cups! Grade 3-5 students learned about wind energy by assembling and experimenting with mini wind turbine kits, and Grade 10 biology students discussed recycling and the Pacific Garbage Patch with high concentrations of plastics, chemical sludge, and other debris. 
House of Hope energy audit (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service)
Six Green Iowa AmeriCorps members and 10 UNI students weatherized House of Hope women’s shelter in Waterloo. The crew caulked around windows and exchanged incandescent light bulbs for higher efficiency CFLs. Post-weatherization testing indicated solid improvement in the building’s energy efficiency.


March 2015

UNI Local Food Program -
Saturday, Mar. 14; 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Waterloo Center for the Arts (225 Commercial Street)
Discover the local food treasures of our region at this free, family friendly event! Learn more about the farmers’ markets, orchards, a diversity of farms, u-picks, CSA farmers, bakeries, creameries, meat lockers, breweries, and wineries that feed Northeast Iowa. Meet the farmers and producers, try samples, and get recipes! Receive coupons for $1 off admission to the Phelps Youth Pavilion, located in the Waterloo Center for the Arts. Lunch, coffee and tea available for purchase in the Arthouse Café.


June 2015


Workshop Opportunity -

Monday, June 15-16
Cedar Rapids

For teachers seeking graduate credit: Explore “the stuff of life” with your K-8 students! Products used daily by Americans have a life cycle. Materials are extracted, transported, produced, used and disposed of around the globe – including Iowa. Study the ways this “stuff” becomes a primary source of environmental problems and how this relates to life satisfaction. Workshop participants will identify individual and collective actions to address these challenges.

Watch The Way We Live website for more information and registration.