The University of Iowa has established a Water Sustainability Initiative to advance research, education, and outreach on sustainability. This initiative expands the University's existing strength in interdisciplinary research on water including its availability, quality, reuse, health impacts, and its relationship to a changing climate. Economics, policy, and law as well as the natural sciences and engineering are all engaged to solve the problems of water.
The new faculty from various colleges will work together to create unique educational and research opportunities for students interested in a sustainable water future. Ultimately, the University will galvanize an initiative for national excellence in an area of global importance: the quality, remediation, regulation and health impacts of water.
Hydroscience and Engineering
IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering faculty, research engineers, and students conduct research in the broad fields of fluid mechanics, air and water resources, and environmental hydraulics. IIHR is unique among hydraulic research laboratories for its in-house capabilities in computational simulations and laboratory modeling and for field observational research. Learn more...
Iowa Flood Center
The concept for the Iowa Flood Center is rooted in the monumental efforts that took place on the University of Iowa campus in June 2008 before, during, and after the Iowa and Cedar Rivers crested in Eastern Iowa. The flood helped catalyze the formation of new teams of researchers from throughout the University to work together on flood-related initiatives. The University of Iowa is the logical home for this center, based on its own experience during the flood and because it houses IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, one of the preeminent hydraulics laboratories in the US. Learn more...
Water use on campus
The University Water Treatment Plant functions as both a water source for the University of Iowa campus, hospitals and clinics, dorms and student/staff housing and as a research facility for advanced study in Environmental Engineering. Learn more...
The new College of Public Health building, is taking advantage of sustainable alternatives to stormwater management. Swales, rain gardens, no-mow lawn mix and a combination of tall prairie grass and native white oaks have been designed into the Platinum LEED accredited building.