UNI's Economics of Sustainability Class Teams Up with STAR4D for Impact

December on a college campus in Iowa brings cooler temperatures, an increase in caffeinated beverages (usually warm), and a dedicated study spot in the library to prep for those pesky finals. For the students in Dr. Alicia Rosburg’s Economics of Sustainability class, their final project was the culmination of research, analysis and problem-solving resulting in recommendations to address a real-world problem for a real-life client.

The New Fashion Police: Conversations continued...

IWRC Environmental Intern, Kendall Lienemann, continues her quest for a sustainable tomorrow. In part 3 of her The New Fashion Police blog, she set out to ask UNI students about their knowledge of fashion waste. Watch her video as she wanders through campus asking the questions, "Do you know anything about clothing waste?"

This illuminating video provides insights from students into the future of fashion sustainability. Read on to discover the noble journey toward a greener campus community.

The New Fashion Police: Fashion as a point of conversation

For any group of students, there will be challenges and barriers to overcome as they pursue their tomorrow, but they also have the ability to make an impact for a better tomorrow. In my blog, The New Fashion Police: Fashion as Waste, I discussed my interest in starting or hosting a clothing closet or mini thrift store for the campus community to participate in and donate to. My first step was to engage with campus staff and community members to flesh out this idea.

The Next Generation of Waste Reduction

Five students have left their mark at UNI’s Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC)  this summer, working across various internal and community-based projects. Paige German, Kendall Lienmann, Makayla Gasper, Eliana Hornbuckle, and Haley Christoffer may be from different universities, but they now have something in common: they all built a better Iowa through their work for the IWRC.

The New Fashion Police: Fashion as waste

“Fashion is the armor to survive everyday life." - Bill Cunningham 

IWRC Environmental Intern, Kendall Lienemann's passion for fashion and experience with waste reduction efforts spurred her to explore her role in addressing the fashion waste issue in her college community. Follow her journey. 

Iowa Waste Reduction Center and Iowa State University's Brewing Science Lab Join Forces for Sustainable Brewing Solutions

https://www.iastate.edu/For over five years, the mission of the Iowa Waste Reduction Center’s (IWRC) Iowa Green Brewery Certification (IGBC) program at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) has been to assist breweries in, and recognize them for, implementing practices and strategies that minimize their overall environmental impact. As of today, over 30 breweries in Iowa have been awarded a level of certification by the IWRC, but the latest brewery they have worked with isn’t really a brewery at all, it’s Iowa State University (ISU).

How One Iowa Company Discovered Thousands of Dollars In Energy Savings

Energy efficiency is vital to Iowa’s energy management plan and it reduces the amount of energy consumed. For a business, that means a decrease in energy generated environmental impact and a significant reduction in business energy costs. The Iowa Waste Reduction Center’s (IWRC) Iowa Energy Efficiency Program for Rural Small Businesses is designed to assist small businesses seeking to reduce their energy consumption and improve their bottom line. 

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