On the Radio: ISU’s BioBus Club uses vegetable oil to create fuel for local buses


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Photo by manop, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses the BioBus Club at Iowa State University.

Iowa State University’s BioBus Club recycles vegetable oil into biodiesel fuel.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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On the Radio: Iowa City businesses use composting to reduce waste


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Compost pile. Photo by bunchofpants, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses the efforts of Iowa City businesses to reduce waste through composting.

Businesses in and around Iowa City are using composting to reduce their impact on the environment.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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On the Radio: Green Iowa AmeriCorps offers home energy audits


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Photo by Chewonki Semester School, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses  free home energy assessments offered by Green Iowa AmeriCorps.

Find out how energy efficient your home is at no cost.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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On the Radio: Iowa senate considers feed-in tariffs


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The Iowa State House. Photo by w4nd3rl0st, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses a bill to establish a statewide feed-in tariff.

A proposed bill could add incentives for farmer-owned wind installations.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

The Iowa Senate Agriculture Committee unanimously passed a bill to establish a statewide feed-in tariff for small wind projects on agricultural land. This means electric utilities must purchase power from the small wind installations at a guaranteed price for up to ten years.

Now that the bill has passed through the committee, it can be voted on this year or next year by the full Senate. Three states and many countries around the world already use feed-in tariffs. In Germany, feed-in tariffs are believed to have played a major role in increasing renewable energy. Iowa would become the first Midwest state to adopt such a policy.

For more information on the bill, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

On the Radio: UI Hospitals and Clinics decrease cafeteria waste


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Photo by max-R, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses the addition of compost bins to cafeterias at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics are improving sustainability by adding compost bins to their cafeterias.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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On the Radio: Warmer temperatures linked to increased rainfall


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Photo by iowa_spirit_walker, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses the connection between warmer temperatures and increased rainfall.

A University of Iowa study shows an increase in heavy rainfall is connected to increased temperatures in the upper Midwest.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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On the Radio: UI exceeds expectations with green construction


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Photo by marshlight, Flickr

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses the University of Iowa’s commitment to LEED certification.

The University of Iowa is keeping the environment in mind as it adds new buildings to campus.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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