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About bschweig

Brynne Schweigel is a senior at the University of Iowa, studying Journalism and Mass Communication and Political Science. She works as a communications intern for the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, creating a weekly radio spot and writing for their blog, IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org. She works as a Branch Manager for HerCampus.com and contributes to the University of Iowa branch. She will graduate in December 2011. She spends a great deal of time reading the New York Times and doing logic puzzles.

UI professor studies wind turbine durability


University of Iowa researcher K.K. Choi used to study military vehicles, now he’s looking at improving wind turbines. Read more from Midwest Energy News here: Improving wind turbine reliability has become a national priority in recent years. The U.S. Department … Continue reading

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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 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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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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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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Johnson County moves to increase small wind use


The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will meet on Dec. 8 to pass an amendment that could potentially increase residential wind turbine usage in the area. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports: Turbines between 81 and 150 feet tall, which currently … Continue reading

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UI to release field guides on Midwestern frogs, toads and turtles


The University of Iowa Press will release two new guides on some Midwestern wildlife on Nov. 22. Read more from a UI news release below: Two new Bur Oak Guides – Turtles in Your Pocket and Frogs and Toads in Your Pocket – will … Continue reading

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UNI receives Iowa Water Center research grant


The University of Northern Iowa received a grant to assist in estimating pollutants in urban watersheds earlier this week. Read more from the news release below: The University of Northern Iowa’s GeoTREE Center received a research grant from Iowa Water … Continue reading

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ISU research looks to increase turbine factory productivity


Some Iowa State University professors are looking to increase the growth of wind turbine manufacturing across the state. Read more from an ISU news release below:  A laser in Iowa State University’s Wind Energy Manufacturing Laboratory scanned layer after layer of the flexible … Continue reading

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New ‘Grower’s Manual’ released by ISU


Iowa State University’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture released a new “Grower’s Manual” last month to assist Iowa farmers in considering various environmental causes. Read more from their press release below: The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and GROWN Locally … Continue reading

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