News & Events

 

June 2015

 

Open for the season -
COLLEGE HILL FARMERS MARKET
Thursdays June 4 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!

 

The Answer comes up every morning -
NORTHEAST IOWA SOLAR ENERGY FAIR

Saturday, June 6; 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
CEEE

For homes and businesses! Meet local solar electric and solar hot water installers; learn about solar tax credits; sign up for CFU's solar garden; explore energy savings; see solar systems at work! Exhibitors will be in the CEEE lobby and presentations on various solar-related topics will be in the CEEE Auditorium on the half hour. Funded by the Iowa Energy Center/ Sponsored by UNI CEEE.

View and share the flyer!

 

Registration open -
SUN AND WIND POWERED FUN SUMMER CAMP

Tuesdays, June 9 through 30; 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
CEEE

Four Tuesdays of wind and solar fun! Explore engineering as you build and test your own model solar vehicle and design a wind turbine. Investigate which materials work best in the design of passive solar buildings. Get your hands on some of the tools used to maintain wind turbines and explore energy related STEM Careers. For students entering grades 4-6.

Click here for more information and to register!

 

Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition -
CHILDREN'S BOOTH EVENTS
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 -
NEW LOCAL FOOD GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE!

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 (jodie.huegerich@uni.edu or 319-273-7883).

 

GREEN MACHINE SUMMER CAMP
Thursday June 11, 18, 25; 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Phelps Youth Pavilion

Sign up to become a "Green Machine" at the Phelps Youth Pavilion with Green Iowa AmeriCorps! Come learn about ways you can help the planet. Each day you will learn new facts, make cool art projects and have fun playing games! For ages 9-13.

 

My Waterloo Days -
CHILDREN'S BOOTH

Friday, June 12; 12:00 noon - 6:00 p.m.
Lincoln Park, Waterloo

Check out the People in the Park event and stop by the Green Iowa AmeriCorps children's booth for a fun activity learning about how to conserve energy!

 

Helping Students Protect the Environment and Live Well -
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

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 (susan.salterberg@uni.edu).

 

HIGHWAY 20 CLEANUP
Friday, June 19; 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Highway 20 Cedar Falls (from Hudson rd to 58)

Green Iowa AmeriCorps needs your help in keeping our community clean! Bags, gloves, vests, and transportation to clean-up (if needed) will be provided. Just bring yourself and a friend! Check out the flyer for more information.

Contact Rosie if interested in helping out (rmmanzo07@gmail.com or 319-273-7233).

 

Author reading and book signing -
THE LAND OF MILK AND UNCLE HONEY

Tuesday, June 30; 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
CEEE

"Memories from the farm of my youth" - Guebert’s heartfelt and humorous reminiscences depict the hard labor and simple pleasures to be found in ennobling work, and show that in life, as in farming, Uncle Honey had it right with his succinct philosophy for overcoming adversity: “the secret’s not to stop.”

View and share the flyer >

 

UNI Local Food Program -
DONATE PRODUCE TO THE FOOD BANK

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 (shuber-otting@feedingamerica.org or 319-235-0507 ext. 108).

 

PV system upgrade -
MONITOR CEEE ENERGY PRODUCTION LIVE!

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 -
EDUCATOR RESOURCE WEBSITE

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.

 

July 2015

 

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 greeniowacf@gmail.com or call Alex at 319-273-7233.

 

The Way We Live -
STUDENTS TAKING ACTION

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!