UI tests new biomass sources


Miscanthus. Photo by Mollivan Jon, Flickr.

As previously covered on this blog, the University of Iowa uses oat hulls as biomass in order to reduce their use of coal. The University of Iowa is now looking to expand their use of biomass by using new sources.

UI has already tested seed corn, saw dust and greenwood energy pellets. There’s also a possibility that the university will use locally grown miscanthus — a plant similar to sugarcane. In fact, UI has contracted with a Muscatine County farmer to plant about 15 acres of miscanthus this spring.

The larger goal is to produce 40 percent of UI’s energy from renewable sources by 2020.

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Kinnick Stadium recycling improved during second home game


Photo by SSShupe, Flickr.

The University of Iowa’s recycling efforts at Kinnick Stadium increased between the football team’s first and second home games.

During the first game volunteers collected more than two tons of recyclables, and diverted 40 percent of the waste that would have gone to the landfill.

During the second home game volunteers collected more than three tons of recyclables, and diverted 57 percent of the waste from the landfill.

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