News & Events

APRIL 2014

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EARTH DAY!

 

SPRING HIGHWAY 20 CLEANUP
Tuesday, Apr. 22; 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Green Iowa AmeriCorps invites UNI students and others to volunteer for this annual roadside cleanup event, spanning a one-mile stretch of Highway 20 between the Hudson Road exit and the Highway 27/58 exit. Safety gear and bags will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gloves, to wear long sleeves and old clothing, and to dress for the weather.

Sign up online to volunteer!

 

EARTH DAY FAIR
Tuesday, Apr. 22; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Maucker Union, UNI Campus (map)

Discover the environmentally-focused organizations, student clubs, and departments on campus during UNI’s Earth Day Fair! Get involved in a new club, discover a new hobby, volunteer with an organization, or find a job in a green sector. Green Iowa AmeriCorps members will conduct workshops on how to make old t-shirts into reusable bags. Members will also work with UNI students to create an "Energy Bike" and more.

Free and open to all students, staff and faculty.

 

UNI CAMPUS CLEANUP
Tuesday, Apr. 22; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Green Iowa AmeriCorps teams up with Volunteer Tuesdays to encourage students to pitch in and help clean and beautify the UNI campus on Earth Day! Specific cleanup areas TBD.

Sign up online to volunteer!

 

EARTH MONTH IDEAS FROM RECLAIM YOUR HOLIDAYS

Research shows that once our basic needs are met, we find the most happiness in our relationships with famiy and friends as well as through leisure time to pursue our personal interests. Earth Month is a great time to talk about this! Click here for tools to help you and your community think more deeply and live more intentionally in 2014. Brought to you by Reclaim Your Holidays.

 

Green Iowa AmeriCorps members to volunteer -
HARTMAN RESERVE NATURE CENTER’S EARTH FAIR
Sunday, Apr. 27; 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Cedar Falls (map)

Join Green Iowa AmeriCorps at Hartman Reserve Nature Center for tree planting, trash cleanup, outdoor recreation including kayaking and canoeing, and more… for free! Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon while making a difference!

Learn more on the Hartman Reserve Nature Center website.

 

The Way We Live -
TWO UPCOMING GRADUATE CREDIT WORKSHOPS

Watch for enrollment information for two upcoming graduate credit workshops to help your students think critically about how they can address environmental challenges as citizens of the planet. Materials introduced are classroom-ready and the workshops are achievement-based. Offered by The Way We Live (formerly Waste Reduction Education).

Click here for preliminary details or contact Susan Salterberg (susan.salterberg@uni.edu) to join a list to receive more information as it becomes available.

 

Looking for a Green Job?
GREEN IOWA AMERICORPS IS HIRING!
Apply now! Jobs start Sept. 15, 2014.

Green Iowa AmeriCorps, based at the University of Northern Iowa, utilizes AmeriCorps members to help Iowans become more energy efficient through residential weatherizations, energy education, and community outreach services. Job availability includes 25 full-time positions for members to serve on 5-member teams in five Iowa service locations - Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Decorah, Dubuque, and Des Moines. View and share the flier.

To apply, contact Green Iowa AmeriCorps Program Director, Ashley Craft (greeniowadirector@gmail.com; 319-273-7273).

 

New Farm Energy Case Studies -
LED LIGHTS IN DAIRY BUILDING & ELECTRIC-POWERED SICKLE FOR MOWING

Learn how two Farm Energy Working Group mini-grant recipients are reducing their farm energy use.

Click to read the LED Lighting and the Electric-powered Sickle for Mowing/Hay Cutting case studies.

 

May 2014

 

NORTHERN IOWA FOOD AND FARM PARTNERSHIP MEETING
Thursday, May 1; 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Cedar Falls Public Library (map)

The Northern Iowa Food and Farm Partnership supports the development of a local and regional food economy that positively impacts local farmers, consumers, and businesses through education, collaboration, and economic development. Join us as we discuss food hub development in the Cedar Valley. All are welcome to attend!