ISU student’s study could increase campus recycling

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Kevin Marquardt, a Dowling Catholic graduate and Clive resident, used an independent study to determine how Iowa State could improve their recycling.

By researching other universities’ recycling programs, conducting surveys and interviews and studying students’ recycling and waste practices, Marquardt was able to create a successful paper detailing potential initiatives for the campus.

One of the main conclusions determined by Marquardt is that campus recycling will improve if the recycling bins have a standard appearance, and are placed in similar locations around every building.

Read the full press release from Iowa State University here.

View Marquardt’s presentation on his findings here.

Central Iowans push for standardized bike laws

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As Iowa continues to look for ways to increase state cycling, cities around Des Moines are contemplating the change to standardized bike laws. Currently, the cities’ varied laws force cyclists to both know and adopt new sets of rules each time they cross into a city. Des Moines area cities have had a mixed response to the proposal.

The Des Moines Register reports:

Des Moines, Urbandale, Clive, West Des Moines and numerous other cities are considering a “model bicycle ordinance” developed by the Metro Advisory Council, a panel of elected leaders from Polk, Dallas and Warren counties. The Iowa Bicycle Coalition has also been a partner. Continue reading