LEADING IOWA SCIENTISTS: Climate Change Threatens Iowa Farms

Photo by Joe Bolkcom
Photo by Joe Bolkcom

Our state has long held a proud tradition of helping to “feed the world.” Our ability to do so is now increasingly threatened by adverse weather conditions, according to a statewide group of Iowa scientists. “Our climate has disrupted agricultural production during the past two years and is projected to become even more harmful in coming decades as our climate continues to warm and change,” said Gene Takle, Director of the ISU Climate Science Program at Iowa State University. “Iowa’s soils and agriculture remain our most important economic resources, but these resources are threatened by climate change,” Continue reading

Iowa’s colleges and universities lower use of bottled water

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Iowa’s colleges and universities are working to reduce the use of bottled water on campus. Many schools have recently installed water fountains designed to refill water bottles (i.e. there’s enough space under the water fountains’ spouts to fit most water bottles).

At the University of Iowa, free water bottles were handed out to students who signed a pledge to not use bottled water.

Some schools have even contemplated eliminating bottled water from vending machines, but this is difficult to enact due to vendor contracts.

Among the schools to install water bottle friendly fountains are University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, Kirkwood Community College and Mount Mercy University.

Read more about the bottled water reduction efforts from The Gazette here.

Iowa colleges participate in Recycle Mania

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Beginning last month and continuing till the end of March, Loras College, Simpson College, Wartburg College, University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Mount Mercy University, Upper Iowa University and Grinnell College are all competing in Recycle Mania.

These schools are competing to see who can recycle the most per capita, who has the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and who has the least amount of combined trash and recycling at the end of eight weeks.

Through two weeks, campuses across the nation have reduced the equivalent of 18,522 metric tons of CO2.

Read more about Wartburg College’s efforts here. Last year, Wartburg started a $2 million project focused on environmental sustainability.