Monthly Archives: November 2011

British startup company creates green cement


Construction of new buildings and facilities will continuously go on around all of us across the planet.  A British company called Novacem has developed a green cement that will greatly decrease the impact construction has on our environment. Read more … Continue reading

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UI students test Cedar Rapids’ soil for pollutants


University of Iowa engineer students, led by professor Keri Hornbuckle, published the finding of their study on Cedar Rapids’ residential soil samples. The students tested samples to determine their levels of PCBs and chlordane pollutants. The study found that the … Continue reading

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UI student engages others in clean energy


The Sierra Student Coalition is a new group to the University of Iowa this year, but that isn’t slowing them down. The group is centered around activism on climate change, clean energy and sustainable living.

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Dry fall means increased risk of runoff damage


Iowa’s unusually dry fall could lead to an increase in agricultural runoff. Because of the low stream flows across the state, any spill has increased effects – including a greater chance of fish kills and water quality issues. The Iowa … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Volunteers clean up Iowa River


Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below.  It features a group of eastern Iowa volunteers who cleaned up the Iowa River earlier this fall. The Iowa River is one of the most polluted waterways in the … Continue reading

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Johnson County conservation buildings receive environmental awards


The Johnson County Conservation Board received gold certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) organization for their Conservation Headquarters building and Conservation Maintenance Facility building. The gold designation is the highest honor awarded through the LEED system. … Continue reading

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Six Iowa watersheds receive management funding


Last week watershed management received a boost across Iowa when the Economic Development Authority and the Department of Natural Resources distributed funding to monitor flooding. Read more from the Iowa DNR press release below: The Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and … Continue reading

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Video of oak woodlands controlled burn


University of Iowa video producer Ben Hill took this footage of the controlled burn conducted on Connie and Robert Mutel’s oak woodlands near Iowa City. To view a slideshow of the burn, click here. To read an interview with Connie … Continue reading

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Study finds lower ozone levels lift farm worker productivity


The National Bureau of Economic Research released a report earlier this month, detailing the positive impact that low ozone levels have on farm workers. Read more from the New York Times here: The study found that on average, when ozone … Continue reading

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Photos from oak woodlands controlled burn


On November 17th, UI senior science writer and archivist Connie Mutel and her husband, UI professor Robert Mutel, held a controlled burn of their oak woodlands near Iowa City. The fire lasted about three hours and was a success. Mrs. Mutel was … Continue reading

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