From the Under the Dome UI Student Blog, here are some ways the UI is striving to maintain an energy and cost-efficient campus that is helpful to the environment. The University of Iowa is one of the EPA’s Green Power Partners! We burn oat hulls from the Quaker Oats factory in Cedar Rapids. We reduce our coal consumption by 20%!
- From 2004-2010, the University joined the Chicago Climate Exchange. The UI made a commitment to reduce GHG emissions for a better planet.
- In 2009, the University opened a student garden.
- The Building Commissioning Program at the UI strives to make sure buildings on campus operate at optimally designed conditions for less energy waste.
- The Landscape Services at the UI manages the planting of over 300 trees/year. We are the first University in Iowa to receive the Tree Campus USA designation.
- Many groups on campus support recycling and energy renewal such as the UI ECO Hawks(don’t hesitate to join and do your part!).
- Facilities Management on campus uses green-certified, recyclable janitorial materials and supplies whenever possible for a better living environment.
- The University of Iowa maintains the standard for LEED Silver certification for new buildings and renovations.