On the Radio: Iowa State University earns LEED certification


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This week’s On the Radio segment covers Iowa State University’s achievements in environmentally focused building design. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

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Video: UI’s green buildings


Back in 2009, the University of Iowa committed themselves to building while following LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. LEED provides third-party verification of green buildings, and gives grades such as silver, gold and platinum depending on the buildings’ energy efficiency and environmental friendliness.

UI has exceeded expectations in their recent construction projects. The school’s Information Technology Facility is one of the few IT buildings in the world to receive a platinum grade.

Des Moines selected for Greening America’s Capitals project


Photo by jimmywayne, Flickr.
Photo by jimmywayne, Flickr.

Des Moines has been selected this year as one of five cities to take part in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Greening America’s Capitals project.

This project incorporates green building and green infrastructure strategies on parts of the cities, which can be used as a model for future construction projects.

In Des Moines, the project will focus on the 6th Avenue Corridor. The environmentally friendly plans include adding street trees, permeable pavement and rain gardens.

Read more from Iowa Public Radio here.

On the Radio: New report details cost of climate change


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Listen to this week’s radio segment here.  It discusses potential climate change impacts on Iowa.

Iowa will pay heavily – either now or later – for the effects of climate change. Continue reading

Ankeny family builds top notch eco-friendly home


Tammie Krausman and Derek Dautremont outside their home with their two children, Sophia and Oliver. Photo courtesy of the Des Moines Register.

Tammie Krausman and Derek Dautremont did not necessarily set out to build a home that would set the green bar so high. But they wanted a home that would last and wound up with an award-winner. 

The Des Moines Register reported last Friday that the couple had received a five-star Energy Star certification and a bronze green certification from the National Association of Homebuilders. 

It’s green amentities include a furnace that runs on 80% less energy, which has cut their heating bill to a mere $106 per month.  The contractors from Emerald Homes worked with the couple’s budget to create a home they could grow into that would resist erosion and last a lifetime.  Continue reading

On the Radio: Using Geothermal Energy, West Union Colors Historic Downtown Green


In 2008 West Union was designated a Green Pilot Program by the Iowa Department of Economic Development. Beyond its move to sustainable energy sources, the city has also made streets and sidewalks more pedestrian friendly. Credit: West Union Chamber of Commerce.

 Note: The text in this post has been updated to reflect that West Union has not yet begun to use its district geothermal energy system, but it plans to soon. The audio clip, however, has not been updated. Language in the original post implied that the project had already begun. Construction on the system began last month, according to Robin Bostrom, Executive Director, West Union Chamber of Commerce.

The mistake stemmed from a misinterpretation of language in the report appended below. IEF regrets the error. 

Listen to this week’s radio segment, which details West Union – a 2008 Green Pilot Program – is saving energy while preserving its history. And read about the rest of West Union’s green visionContinue reading

Public invited to UI sustainability lecture


The University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning will host a speaker on green development tomorrow at 7 p.m. 

Jaigopal Rao will give the guest lecture entitled “Sustainable Architecture for Grassroots Democracy” in room C20 of the Pomerantz Career Center.  Rao is the managing director and principal designer at Inspiration, an Indian architecture firm that specializes in environmentally friendly buildings.

The free event is open to the public. For more information, e-mail UI professor Jerry Anthony or call him at 335-0622.