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Dr. Jerry Schnoor: The case against coal

In this video, Dr. Jerry Schnoor argues that Iowa can no longer afford to build new coal-fired power plants.

Schnoor is a professor of civil & environmental engineering at the University of Iowa. He also chairs the Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council and co-directs the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Video shot by Ben Hill of the University of Iowa Center for Media Production.

Lou Licht and his earth-cleaning poplars


Lou Licht was once a polluter — aiding and abetting chemical companies that spewed toxins into the air and water.

But today he could hardly be greener.

With a quick-growing, toxic-zapping tree and a patented technique, Licht cleans up the types of messes he once created. His professional and environmental interests are wrapped up in trees, and he hopes to apply his work in Iowa.

Video republished with permission from IowaWatch.org.

Sustainable Future: Dr. Jerry Schnoor on climate change

Dr. Jerry Schnoor discusses the realities of climate change on February 15, 2008 at a symposium on climate change and human rights at the University of Iowa.

Schnoor is a professor of civil & environmental engineering at the University of Iowa. He also chairs the Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council and co-directs the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Video created by Soheil Rezayazdi.

Iowa Wind Power: The Case for Environmental Mandates

David Osterberg boasts quite the resumé: he’s an associate professor at the University of Iowa, he served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1983-1994, he’s an advisory board member for the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER), and he’s the founder and executive director of the Iowa Policy Project (IPP).

In this documentary short, Osterberg explains how and why Iowa has emerged as one of the nation’s green energy capitals. At the end of 2007, Iowa laid claim to over 1,100 wind turbines, producing more wind energy than any other state per capita. Osterberg explains this with one key concept: Policy.

Also witness a dedication ceremony for Acciona Energy’s first wind turbine manufacturing plant in the United States, located in West Branch, Iowa. The event’s guest list includes Iowa Governor Chet Culver and University of Iowa President Sally Mason.

Video by Soheil Rezayazdi.

Re-shaping the Global Warming Debate: Black Carbon

In March 2008, University of Iowa professor Greg Carmichael published new findings revealing a striking connection between soot (aka “black carbon”) and global warming.

The research was published in the journal Nature Geoscience with co-author V. Ramanathan.

Within days, publications worldwide picked up on the development, hailing Carmichael’s work as a major addition to the climate change dialogue.

In this video, watch Carmichael discuss why black carbon is “the second most important greenhouse gas” at a symposium on climate change and human rights.

How to address sustainability

Dr. Jerry Schnoor argues for an interdisciplinary approach to tackling sustainability.

Video shot by Ben Hill of the University of Iowa Center for Media Production.

Should we tax un-sustainability?

Dr. Jerry Schnoor on  shifting national tax away from income and toward unsustainable behavior.

Video shot by Ben Hill of the University of Iowa Center for Media Production.

Dr. Jerry Schnoor discusses Copenhagen Climate Talks

Dr. Jerry Schnoor, co-founder of Iowa’s Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) discusses COP15, the 2009 climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. CGRER funded three University of Iowa students to attend.

Video by Jim Malewitz

Environmental Research for Iowa & the World

The Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) is a state-funded institute devoted to studying and bettering our environment.

The Center promotes interdisciplinary research on the many aspects of global environmental change. Areas of focus include regional effects on natural ecosystems, environments, and resources, and effects on human health, culture, and social systems.

To accomplish its missions, CGRER awards seed grants, fosters interdisciplinary courses, provides state-of-the-art research facilities, and holds seminars and symposia.

Video created by UI Media Productions.

CGRER’s contributions to flood research

In 2008, Iowa was devastated by the worst flooding event in state history.

Within weeks, the University of Iowa’s Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) began conducting experiments to better understand and predict future flood events.

To date, the National Science Foundation has awarded eight flood-related grants to CGRER members.

Video created by Soheil Rezayazdi with help from the University of Iowa Center for Media Production.

Connie Mutel discusses “A Watershed Year: Anatomy of the Iowa Floods of 2008″


Connie Mutel, editor of “A Watershed Year: Anatomy of the Iowa Floods of 2008,” discusses the book and the impact of the 2008 floods.

How much “trash” is recyclable?

A group of University of Iowa volunteers gathered on November 15, 2007, to sift through trash collected from the previous day. Their goal? To see how much of this “trash” is really trash. Watch volunteers get their hands dirty to divert Dasani bottles, Rockstar cans, and reams of paper from the Iowa City Landfill.

University of Iowa professor Jerry Schnoor, co-founder of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER), incorporated the “waste sort” project into his popular, hands-on Sustainable Systems course in the Spring 2008 semester.

Columbus Junction students learn about PCBs

Middle school students from Columbus Junction, Iowa, learn about PCBs at The University of Iowa, as a part of the Iowa Superfund Basic Research Program (ISBRP).

The ISBRP is a multidisciplinary project to investigate PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls) in America.

Video edited by Soheil Rezayazdi of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER).

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