Monthly Archives: November 2012

Audio: Interview with UI Office of Sustainability Director Liz Christiansen


Office of Sustainability Director Liz Christiansen discusses the 2020 Vision and the University of Iowa’s sustainability goals.

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DNR asks for over $1M to hire more livestock facility inspectors


Over the past few weeks we’ve posted about how the Environmental Protection Agency may take over waterway protection from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. In order to avoid this takeover, the Iowa DNR is asking for $1.3M to hire … Continue reading

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Turning Ethanol Waste into Animal Feed


This week’s On the Radio segment highlighted the efforts of  Iowa State University professor Hans Van Leeuwenan in turning ethanol waste into animal feed. Check out the above video in which professor van Leeuwenan and his research assistants explain their research … Continue reading

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Drought could hurt Christmas tree harvests down the line


This year’s drought was not kind to Christmas tree growers. Many young trees that would have been ready for harvest around 2019 were destroyed by the drought. Mature trees, including the ones for this year’s harvest, were relatively unaffected. Listen … Continue reading

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Environmental group wants extension of feedback period for nutrient reduction proposal


As mentioned last week, Governor Branstad has released a plan to reduce nutrient pollution in Iowa’s waterways. The plan is available online, and the public has till January 4 to offer feedback on the proposal. The Iowa Environmental Council does … Continue reading

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On the Radio: ISU professor converts ethanol waste to animal feed


Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This weeks episode discusses the efforts of an Iowa State University professor in turning ethanol waste into animal feed. An Iowa State University professor has been honored for turning waste … Continue reading

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Continued drought could mean restricted water usage in Cedar Rapids


Officials in Cedar Rapids say that if drought conditions continue into 2013, the city may be forced to impose restrictions on water use. “We don’t know where this is going to go,” said Steve Hershner, the city’s interim utilities director. … Continue reading

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Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy


Make sure to check out the proposed Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. This plan is designed to limit the amount of nutrients entering our waterways, which should help reduce environmental issues like the Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone. Up until January 4, … Continue reading

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IOWA CLIMATE STATEMENT: THE DROUGHT OF 2012


(Des Moines) Iowans can expect more extreme weather like the 2012 drought thanks to changes in the climate caused by greenhouse gases.  That’s according to a statewide group of Iowa scientists who believe that Iowans should act now to reduce … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Radon a risk in Iowa schools


Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode discusses the lack of guidelines for radon testing in Iowa schools. When it comes to radon, it’s time for Iowans to think of our children. This is … Continue reading

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