College students to help Iowa businesses reduce environmental impact


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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources pollution prevention intern program matches upper-level college students with companies to research ways to eliminate or reduce waste – strategies that are expected to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and help conserve resources.

Follow this link to learn more about the DNR’s Pollution Prevention Services.

Iowa company supplying biodiesel to power Super Bowl generators


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Renewable Energy Group will provide as much as 15,000 gallons of biodiesel blends at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., during the Super Bowl. It also will supply biodiesel for more than 18 generators along Super Bowl Boulevard in New York City leading up to the game

The National Football League environmental program director, Jack Groh, says that this is one of the many steps the NFL is taking to make Super Bowl greener. 

To learn more, head over to The Gazette. 

UNI hosts environmental forum for students


About 1,000 local high school students were on the University of Northern Iowa campus on Tuesday to attend “Green: What Does it Mean? Exploring Our Sustainable Community.”

There were 40 speakers at the 5-hour event that covered a wide range of environmental topics.

The WCF Courier reports:

More than 1,000 area high school students got a hands-on look at what it means to be green Tuesday.

About 40 presenters, educators and community members from across the state participated in “Green: What Does it Mean? Exploring Our Sustainable Community” Tuesday at the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Students arrived by bus from Peet and Holmes junior highs, and Waverly-Shell Rock Community Schools for the five-hour event, presented by Cedar Valley Sustainability and Environmental Educators.

“It’s important to talk to young ones because they’re going to be responsible for what happens in the future,” said Leon Lindley with the Black Hawk County Conservation Board.

Diverse topics were covered in a learning environment meant to be radically different from traditional classrooms. Students participated in outdoor activities and lectures designed to create a better understanding of their global impact and sustainabilty. Continue reading