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.

UI to host sustainability in business summit

UI President Sally mason. Photo by givetoiowa, Flickr.

This Friday, the student organization Net Impact will host its second sustainability summit titled “Sustainability, It Just Makes Business Sense.” The event will take place from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM in UI’s Iowa Memorial Union building.

During the summit three speakers will discuss sustainability in business: Jack Levis (Director of Process Management, UPS), Dave Katz (Senior Vice President, Midwest Region Sales, Coca-Cola) and Adam Hammes (Manager of Sustainability, Kum & Go). UI president Sally Mason will make the closing remarks.

Admission is free, and breakfast and lunch are included.

For more information, and to RSVP, click 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.

Author Frances Moore Lappé to speak at UI tonight

Photo by Choconancy1, Flickr

Renowned sustainability author Frances Moore Lappé will speak at the University of Iowa tonight. Lappé is best known for her 1971 debut book Diet For a Small Planet. The book advocates for vegetarianism in order to avoid the wastefulness of grain-fed meat production.

Lappé continues to write regularly – she has authored or co-authored 18 books to date. She also frequently does speaking engagements, and regularly writes for the Huffington Post.

The event will take place in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union, and will begin at 7:00 pm. The Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research sponsored Lappé’s visit.