News & Events

 

August 2015

 

On the farm and in your community -
FOOD WASTE COMPOST TRAINING

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015; 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
CEEE

Learn the fundamentals and key variables of the composting process, as well as how to incorporate utilizing food waste. The training will be beneficial for farmers, landfill operators, and those interested in composting at home. Presented by the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) and the Office of the President at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). Click here to view and share the flyer.

To register: iwrc.org/compost

 

Celebrate agriculture and locally grown foods -
TASTE IOWA 2015

Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015; 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
GNB Bank in Conrad, Iowa (map)

Come for an hour or two or stay for the day! Featuring Food Expo, All Iowa BBQ Showdown, Celebrity Chef demo, informative workshops, live entertainment, and more. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the day at your leisure.

View the brochure for more information and like Taste Iowa on Facebook.

 

CERTIFICATE IN SUSTAINABILITY OFFERED TO UNI STUDENTS

UNI offers a Certificate in Sustainability to UNI students. Open to all students and all majors, students may choose between 34 courses taught by 29 professors that follow six different content tracks:

  • Natural and biological environments
  • Mathematical and economic dimensions
  • Urban environments and technology
  • Sustainable tourism and outdoor recreation
  • Teacher education in sustainability and environmental literacy
  • Social, philosophical and political dimensions of sustainability

Interested students may contact Bill Stigliani (319-273-7150; william.stigliani@uni.edu).

 

UNI students improve access to local foods -
WATERLOO FRESH PRODUCE STAND

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 (kamyar.enshayan@uni.edu or 319-273-7575).

 

Webinar available in short online segments -
IOWA COMMUNITY SOLAR PRESENTATIONS NOW ON YOUTUBE

Four presentations from the Iowa Community Solar webinar are now available for viewing on YouTube. Click below to view the presentations. The webinar was sponsored by the Iowa Energy Center and UNI CEEE. Topics include:

 

Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition (HCVC) -
FARMERS MARKET CHILDREN'S BOOTH
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 planting flowers, making seed balls, creating your own reusable bag, and much more!

 

Open for the season -
COLLEGE HILL FARMERS MARKET
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!

 

Residential/business solar topics online -
SOLAR ENERGY PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

Four presentations from the Solar Energy Fair at the CEEE are now available for viewing on YouTube. Click below to view the presentations. Topics include:

 

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 from the professional development course, Helping Students Protect the Environment and Live Well.

 

Buy Fresh Buy Local -
DOWNLOAD THE 2015 LOCAL FOOD GUIDE

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).

 

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).

 

Cedar Falls RAGBRAI -
GREEN IOWA AMERICORPS HELPED CREATE A NEAR ZERO WASTE EVENT

With the help of 11 volunteers, Green Iowa AmeriCorps helped Cedar Falls RAGBRAI become a close to zero waste event. Volunteers directed individuals in recycling and composting their food and beverage waste, filling six compost dumpsters and many bags of recyclable materials. They demonstrated the possibility of creating near zero waste at large events like RAGBRAI.

 

Solar and Wind Powered Fun -
SUMMER CAMP FOR UNI-CUE STUDENTS

Students from the UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE) explored engineering and energy related STEM careers by building and testing model solar vehicles and designing a wind turbine. Participants also investigated which materials worked best in the design of passive solar buildings. Read more online!

 

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!

 

September 2015

 

2015 Annual IWEA Wind Conference -
"TRANSMISSION ISSUES IN IOWA" PRESENTATION BY PAT HIGBY

Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2015
Sheraton West Des Moines (map)

An EPSCoR Seed Grant provided funding for research, interviews, and focus groups to identify the key issues related to Iowa's electrical power transmission. The wires are often full, and wind turbines are not operating. Without additional transmission capacity future development of wind power in Iowa will be limited to local use projects. This study identifies the issues related to increasing transmission capabilities including imminent domain and environmental and health impacts. Presented by Pat Higby of the CEEE.

Register online at the Iowa Wind Energy Association website.

 

A self-guided tour of Grundy County farms -
GRUNDY COUNTY FARM CRAWL

Saturday, Sep. 12, 2015; 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Travel to participating local farms and businesses in any order you choose to meet local vendors, learn about Grundy County producers, and purchase local food. See how local farmers grow the foods you eat, enjoy kids activities – free and fun for all ages!

Locations include the Community Gardens, Fountain On Main, Fleshner Farms, Cracked Up Farm, and ARNKA Acres. When you finish, stop by Broad Street Brewing Co. for local beer!

See the flyer for location times, activities, and presentations. No registration required.


UNI Homecoming -
i-RENEW IMAGINE ENERGY TRAVELER

Saturday, Sep. 19, 2015

CEEE’s Pat Higby will demonstrate solar energy by using solar panels attached to the i-RENEW Imagine Energy Traveler to make popcorn! Information about the F.R.E.E. program’s educational materials will also be available.


A "farm crawl" on bikes! -
CEDAR VALLEY FARM RIDE

Saturday, Sep. 26, 2015; Check in at 8:00 a.m. / Roll out between 8:30-9:30 a.m.
RiverLoop Public Market Co-op (map)

Join the community bike ride to area farmers markets and farms. Twenty and 50-mile rides will be offered to locations including Three Pines Farm, Cedar Falls Farmers Market, and Hansen’s Dairy Farm, and Waterloo Farmers Market (by RiverLoop Public Market Co-op). Sponsored by Cedar Valley Cyclists, Northern Iowa Food and Farm Partnership, Waterloo Bicycle Works, Cedar Valley Blue Zones Project, Cedar Falls Farmers Market, Waterloo Farmers Market, Hansen’s Dairy, Three Pines Farm, and RiverLoop Public Market Co-op.

View and share the event flyer with ride details!

Learn more: CedarValleyCyclists.org

Register online: CedarValleyFarmRide.eventbrite.com


UNI Local Food Program -
2015 FARM TO FORK HARVEST CELEBRATION

Sunday, Sep. 27, 2015
Buchanan County

Mark your calendar for self-guided farm tours (1:00-4:00 p.m.) and a local food dinner at Independence Junior Senior High School. Stops include the Winthrop Locker, Short Brothers, Timeless Prairie Orchard, and TD n' Guy Garden Oasis LLC.

View the flyer for details and how to register for the dinner.