Getting the Dirt on Composting and Energy

The beautiful mid March weather has us in the mood to open our windows, break out the planters, and begin stirring the dirt in gardens. Read on the hear how IWRC Environmental Specialist Jason Clay introduced composting and energy conservation to Dayton, IA residents. 

PRESS RELEASE: Air source heat pump (ASHP) training summit for HVAC contractors is coming to Des Moines this April

In partnership with the Iowa Waste Reduction Center at the University of Northern Iowa, the Midwest Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) Collaborative will be hosting a free training summit on the morning of April 23rd in Des Moines, Iowa. Learn more about the training summit to be held at the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Urban Campus and offered free of charge to HVAC contractors.

Unwrapping EPA’s New Wasted Food Scale

For decades, EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy has served as the primary tool to help decision makers (i.e., state and local governments) understand and determine the best options for managing food waste (Environmental Protection Agency, 2023). The hierarchy was established in 1990, so needless to say, an updated version has been eagerly anticipated. Learn more...

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 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.