High temperatures force early dismissals at Iowa schools

Photo by woodleywonderworks, Flickr.

This year’s unusually warm summer continues to affect Iowans.

Schools around the state have been forced to dismiss students early during some of the hotter days. On Thursday, 50 Iowa schools ended early.

As long as the school day last for 5.5 hours, schools do not have to make up for the lost class time. However, with the frequency that some schools have had early dismissal this month, students will lose substantial schooling if no school days are added.

Read more from The Gazette here.

Graceland University adopts car-sharing program

U-Haul car-sharing vehicle, like the one at Graceland University. Photo by davereid2, Flickr.

Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa is adding a car sharing service to their campus.

Many schools around Iowa have initiated car-sharing programs, including the University of Iowa and Iowa State University.

With these programs, one or more cars are parked on campus and can be accessed for various length of time by members of the car-sharing service.

These car-sharing programs help the environment by limiting the need for students to bring their cars to school with them.

Read more here.

Drought conditions ease slightly in Iowa

Graphic courtesy of the National Drought Mitigation Center.

A map released Tuesday by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that, though all of Iowa remains under a status of at least “severe” drought, the amount of area categorized as under “extreme” drought as receded slightly.

This new map reflects the heavy rainfall that fell on southern and southeast Iowa last week.

For more information, read the full article at the Des Moines Register.

Drought damaged corn further threatened by fungus

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Agricultural officials throughout Iowa, Nebraska, and other corn producing states are on watch for corn contaminated by a poison-producing fungus.

The fungus thrives in hot, dry conditions like this summer’s drought, and trace amounts have already been identified in some of the corn harvested in the United States.

For more information, read the full article at The Gazette.

UI to increase recycling efforts at Kinnick Stadium

Trash left outside Kinnick Stadium by tailgaters. Photo by Phil Roeder, Flickr.

The University of Iowa Office of Sustainability, Athletics Department, ECO Hawk student organization and Delta Tau Delta fraternity are working together to increase recycling at the university’s Kinnick Stadium.

Recycling station will now be available both outside and inside the stadium to accommodate tailgating and concession waste. Volunteers will work at these stations to help sort the recycling.

Read more about the University of Iowa’s efforts here.

Photos from Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve in Grinnell

Here’s a gallery of the Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve in Grinnell. Krumm contains miles of trails winding through 50 acres of reconstructed prairie. It’s a great spot for walking, running, bird watching and fishing. For details on Krumm, including how to get there, click here.

On the Radio: UI students help make local homes more eco-friendly

Photo by ChrisDWalker, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode highlights the efforts of an Iowa City based non-profit group.

Not all solicitors want your money; some just want to improve your home’s energy efficiency.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus on sustainable communities.

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