On the Radio: University of Iowa uses local pine trees as biofuel


Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses renewable energy at the University of Iowa.

The University of Iowa and Johnson County are teaming up to increase renewable energy production on campus.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Twenty-four acres of pine trees at Kent Park in Johnson County are dead and dying and the land includes invasive plants such as garlic mustard, exotic honeysuckles and Canada thistles.

The University of Iowa has decided to take these trees and use them as biofuel to help power their campus.

Once the trees are harvested, it will be easier to remove the invasive species. The land will then get converted into a prairie.

The University of Iowa already uses oat hulls from the Quaker plant in Cedar Rapids for biofuel. This accounts for about 10 percent of the campus’ energy use.

For more information on renewable energy at the University of Iowa, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

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

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