UI implements more composting efforts


Compost pile. Photo by bunchofpants, Flickr.

The University of Iowa has implemented composting techniques at many locations around the campus.

Both the UI Hillcrest Marketplace and the UI Hospitals and Clinics have food pulpers, which grind food waste into a pulp that’s easily converted into compost.

UI’s Burge Marketplace and Iowa Memorial Union also participate in composting.

In addition to creating something productive out of waste, composting also saves the UI money. For instance, using a food pulper instead of a garbage disposal at the Hillcrest Marketplace will save $25,000 a year because of the lowered water use.

Read more about other composting efforts around Iowa City in the Daily Iowan’s article here.

FEMA awards $6.5 million for post-flood renovations at IMU


The Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City, Iowa. Photo by Dan & Erin Sweeney, Flickr.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded about $6.5 million in funding to the University of Iowa to improve the Iowa Memorial Union.

The lower level of the IMU has been closed off since the flood in 2008, which caused roughly $1 billion in damage across the university campus.

The funding will assist the UI in returning the food court, bookstore, and student lounge areas to the flood-damaged lower level of the IMU.

For more information, read the full story at the Press-Citizen.