Liz Christiansen is on a mission. As The University of Iowa’s first director of the Office of Sustainability, she’s working to make campus—and the larger community—a greener, more environmentally friendly place.
Of course, she’s not starting from scratch. The University signed onto the Chicago Climate Exchange in 2004, and has been working diligently to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Research that ties in with sustainability issues is happening all across campus; and the University has a long history of encouraging mass transportation and bicycling.
Christiansen says she’s excited to build on those initiatives as she develops new programs, coordinates efforts to formulate institutional goals and policies, and reaches out to the community as an advocate for sustainable practices.
As spring 2009 made its slow approach to Iowa City and The University of Iowa, people traveling along Dubuque Street were greeted with flooding in parts of lower City Park. After the devastating flooding of June 2008, it's only natural to ask questions at the first sign of high water...
fyi decided to get some answers. We asked Ken Lloyd, UI associate utilities director, to assess the current situation and talk about the forecast for flooding in summer 2009.
The University of Iowa will hold several events during Earth Week, through Friday, April 24 to promote environmental awareness and sustainable practices on campus and beyond.
The University of Iowa International Crossroads Community held its annual Latin dance festival, Gusto Latino, April 10 in the Iowa Memorial Union. Live music was provided by Orquesta de Jazz y Salsa Alto Maiz, an 11-piece Latin jazz dance band featuring local musicians. Proceeds from the event will help fund an Engineers Without Borders project to work with a health clinic in Las Mangas, Honduras.