On the Radio: Kirkwood’s campus gets greener


Photo courtesy of Kirkwood Community College.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode highlights the excellent environmental practices of Kirkwood Community College.

Kirkwood Community College is raising the standards for on-campus sustainability.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

In February, Kirkwood finished installing a 2.5 Megawatte Clipper wind turbine on campus. In addition to providing the school with a sustainable power source, the college will use the turbine to help train students for careers as wind turbine technicians.

In early March, Kirkwood installed their first electric car charger. It’s the second public charger of its kind in Eastern Iowa, and it can recharge a completely dead battery in only four hours.

Finally, Kirkwood has announced plans to create a “sustainability village” on campus. The 3-acre village will contain a small wind turbine, solar collectors and geothermal devices. It will be used as a research and training hub for sustainable technology.

Congratulations Kirkwood Community College for being an environmental leader.

For more information on Kirkwood’s environmental practices, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

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

Thank you.

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