Category Archives: Volunteers

Orchard Planting This Weekend!

What did you do for Earth Day? Did you even know that this past Monday was Earth Day? If you forgot, make it up to Mother Nature this Friday and Saturday by planting trees on your campus! Who: Everyone! What: Plant … Continue reading

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Iowa City Summer of Solutions reps attend Grand Aspirations Gathering

Sharing this blog post from Tom Frakes of Iowa City Summer of Solutions, a great organization that has done so much for the Iowa City community. Tom shares his experiences at the Grand Aspirations 2012 August Gathering in Hartford, Conn. … Continue reading

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Year-End Donation Drive Diverts furniture, clothes, housewares from landfill

As part of the University of Iowa Year-End Donation Drive nearly two tons of furniture, clothing, housewares, and other items were diverted from the Iowa City Landfill during Residence Hall move-out May 9 and 10. As UI students and their … Continue reading

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Iowa City Summer of Solutions

Guest blogger Eleanor Marshall with Iowa City Summer of Solutions: It doesn’t really seem like ten students working in rented office space in the University of Iowa’s Seamans Center can stand up to the world’s problems: mountain top removal, deforestation, … Continue reading

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The Student Garden: Life after (a lot of) Snow

Have you ever wondered what happens to a garden during the winter? Sure, it is buried beneath snow for a good five, six months (at least, in Iowa it is), but what do the gardeners do to prepare for the … Continue reading

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Hope for what Environmentalism Can Be

Count Basie’s April in Paris was blaring from my headphones when I almost bumped into a woman, hunched-over and making her way across Washington Street. Before seeing her, I’d forgotten her retirement complex only a few blocks from my apartment. … Continue reading

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Dance Marathon Goes Green: Waste Diversion at one of Iowa’s Biggest Student-Led Fundraisers

Last weekend, I helped improve waste operations at Dance Marathon 17. Dance Marathon (DM) organizers wanted to lessen the environmental impact of their event so they looked to  Office of Sustainability (OS) for a little guidance and a few volunteers. … Continue reading

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Dance Marathon 17 is going sustainable

­­­ Friday night the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) at University of Iowa will be abuzz with activity as the 17th Dance Marathon opens.  Dancers will welcome and raise funds for the patients and families treated at University of Iowa Children’s … Continue reading

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From overwhelmed to inspired: the “I” in global

Although Bill McKibben described himself as a “professional bummer-outer”, I felt surprisingly hopeful after attending his lecture on October 13th. Unlike many other climate change speakers I have heard, his focus was not on the contribution of an individual but … Continue reading

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10/10/10: Moving Greenhouses and Ideals to a New Place

Last Sunday , 10/10/10, was a day filled with climate action and awareness, student and community activism, as well as spending time with old friends and new acquaintances alike.

On the Pentacrest under a cloudless, sunny sky, over 100 passionate people congregated for the 350.org day of climate action and awareness founded by author and environmentalist, Bill McKibben. Continue reading

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