Author Archives: Michael Gallagher

About Michael Gallagher

I am originally from outside of Chicago, but I have spent the last five years in Iowa pursuing my education. From 2006-2010 I attended Grinnell College, where I received a B.A. in English. Currently, I am a graduate student in the University of Iowa's journalism department. In addition to my work for CGRER, I write for the non-profit investigative reporting organization Iowa Watch. Previously, I worked as a freelance writer, primarily contributing to Hoopla (The Gazette's arts and culture publication), and I assistant coached the Grinnell College cross country and track teams for a year. My interests include writing, running, watching the Chicago Bulls, and . . . environmental news!

MidAmerican makes big investment in wind energy


MidAmerican Energy will invest 1-point-9 billion dollars towards wind energy in Iowa. This investment will add about 656 new wind turbines by 2016. The new wind turbines could mean that about 39 percent of the energy used by MidAmerican Iowa … Continue reading

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Tips for a “green” office


The Iowa Chamber of Commerce has released a list of tips for making offices more sustainable. The suggestions include switching to LED light bulbs, using more natural light and sharing a recycling program with other nearby businesses. Read more about … Continue reading

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Conservation Reserve Program in Iowa


Iowa Public Radio details the efforts of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in Iowa. The CRP is a program where farmers receive money to keep portions of their land out of production. This reduces runoff, prevents erosion and creates more … Continue reading

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Video: biomass at the University of Iowa


Check out this great video on the University of Iowa’s use of biomass. 

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Iowa Flood Center and NASA work to improve flood forecasting


The Iowa Flood Center is working with NASA to improve flood forecasting. NASA uses satellites to estimate rainfall. These estimates are being checked against ground data taken in northeastern Iowa through a partnership between NASA and the Iowa Flood Center. … Continue reading

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UI hosts Year-End Donation Drive


In order to reduce waste, the University of Iowa will host a Year-End Donation Drive. At the donation drive, students living in Iowa Residence Halls will have the opportunity to donate items to Goodwill. The event takes place on May … Continue reading

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UI study finds high concentrations of compounds in Chicago’s air


A study out of the University of Iowa finds high levels of the compounds D4 and D5 in Chicago’s air. D4 and D5 are compounds found in many personal care products including deodorants, soaps, lotions, shampoos and conditioners. The study … Continue reading

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Iowa Army National Guard recruits clean up state park


Polk City’s Big Creek State Park will receive some help from Iowa Army National Guard recruits. On April 28th, more than 100 recruits will help pick up trash and debris around Big Creek. Last year, 120 recruits pulled invasive species … Continue reading

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Progress report of UI’s 2020 vision


The Little Village has published a “progress report” of the University of Iowa’s 2020 vision. The 2020 vision refers to a set of sustainability goals adopted by the university in 2010 that they hope to complete by the end of … Continue reading

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Iowa City businesses help the environment through composting


Some Iowa City businesses are composting to reduce their impact on the environment. The Bluebird Diner, New Pioneer Co-op and four Iowa City-area Hy-Vee stores all have composting programs. Composting helps the environment by producing healthier soil and by keeping … Continue reading

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