Central College becomes fourth Iowa school to join Alliance for Resilient Campuses


Nick Fetty | July 10, 2014
Central College Pond on the Central College campus in Pella, Iowa. Photo by Central College Alumni; Flickr
Central College Pond on the Central College campus in Pella, Iowa.
Photo by Central College Alumni; Flickr

Central College has become the most recent higher education institute in Iowa to join the Alliance for Resilient Campuses.

Central – a liberal arts college with 1,486 undergrads located in Pella, Iowa – is among 35 other colleges and universities across the nation that aim to “respond to the challenges of climate change and work to ensure greater community resilience.”

In 2003, the Vermeer Science Center at Central College became the first building on an Iowa campus to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

The Alliance for Resilient Campuses is an initiative by Second Nature, a nonprofit Boston-based organization that aims “to create a sustainable society by transforming higher education.” The group was founded in 1993 and the Alliance for Resilient Campuses was started in May of this year.

Three other Iowa institutes are members of the Alliance for Resilient Campuses: Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Drake University in Des Moines, and Iowa Lakes Community College with campuses in Algona, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Spencer and Spirit Lake.

Project AWARE to visit Des Moines River


Project AWARE participants looking for garbage. Photo by rustymartin2000, Flickr.
Project AWARE participants looking for garbage. Photo by rustymartin2000, Flickr.

For the past ten years, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has hosted an annual volunteer river cleanup called Project AWARE.

For their eleventh year, Project AWARE will focus on removing garbage from a 90 mile stretch of the Des Moines River  between Algona and Fort Dodge. The event will take place from July 6 to 13.

In addition to cleaning up the river, Project AWARE also helps participants learn about watersheds, water quality and recycling.

Find out more here.