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O'Brien--Eric Heath (Classes of 2001 and 2004; Sustainability Staff)

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1 Recycling & Reuse Technology Transfer Center hosts Earth Week events
Grove--Meg (Student--2022)
Northern Iowan 119:53, p.04
4/24/2023 Last week, UNI's Recycling & Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC) hosted multiple events to celebrate Earth Week. The events included a disc golf activity, Campus Cleanup, and free bike rentals; photos.
2 Student-led project eliminates plastic waste
James--Taliya (Student--2022), Raine--Tanner (Student--2022)
Northern Iowan 119:6, p.01
9/15/2022 Taliya James reports that the Student Sustainability Committee launched a new project which eliminates all plastic bag usage from on-campus retail stores and dining centers; photo.
3 Harvest Festival yields crops and crowds
Lafoe--Will (Student--2019), Whitehead--Zyrus (Student--2019)
Northern Iowan 116:2, p.01
9/5/2019 The UNI Harvest and Local Food Festival included free food from the student garden, booths from environmental groups, and live music. University Sustainability Director Eric O'Brien and student gardeners spoke on how the Green Project has impacted the community; photo.
4 Recycling changes coming to campus
Kelsey--Elizabeth (Class of 2021), Legaspi--Sofia (Class of 2020)
Northern Iowan 115:49, p.01
4/15/2019 Changes in the recycling industry have caused UNI to change their recycling guidelines; photos.
5 UNI hostes sixth annual Harvest Festival
Mene--Adriana (Student--2018), Lutz--Mckenzie (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 115:4, p.01
9/6/2018 The Panther Plots student garden held its sixth Harvest Festival; photos.
6 UNI Harvest Festival prepares for 6th year
Husmann--Peyton (Student--2018)
Northern Iowan 115:3, p.05
8/30/2018 The sixth annual Harvest Festival will be hosted by the Student Green Fund and the UNI Student Garden.
7 UNI expands bike-share program
Legaspi--Sofia (Class of 2020), Davis--Kirby (Class of 2018)
Northern Iowan 114:51, p.01
4/16/2018 UNI's Bike Share Program is set to expand by 40 new UNI branded bikes that will be available to rent for the year or for a few hours.
8 Peabody award winner comes to UNI
Baxter--Nicole (Class of 2019)
Northern Iowan 114:11, p.02
10/2/2017 Majora Carter, a Peabody award winner for broadcasting, will speak on environmental issues, the green economy, and economic development in low-status communities as part of the Provost's Sustainability Lecture Series on October 3 in the Commons Ballroom. The event is sponsored by the Green Project, Sustainability Office, and Recycling & Reuse Technology Transfer Center; photo.
9 Fifth fall Harvest Fest
Baxter--Nicole (Class of 2019), Olsasky--Clinton (Class of 2018)
Northern Iowan 114:2, p.01
8/28/2017 UNI Green Project hosted their fifth annual Harvest Fest. Approximately 500 students, staff, and community members came. There was food provided by UNI Catering that featured produce directly from the garden; photos.
10 Green and easy transportation
Welsch--Shelby (Student--2015)
Northern Iowan 112:11, p.2
10/5/2015 Students are now able to rent bicycles from the Nielsen Fieldhouse for one semester time periods.
11 UNI Harvest Festival gives back to community
Frasher--Iris (Class of 2017)
Northern Iowan 112:2, p.5
8/31/2015 UNI held its third annual Harvest Festival, where students and faculty ate food and celebrated the hard work put in by the UNI community during gardening season.
12 UNI to host second regional sustainability conference
Public Relations News Release 2014:191, p.1
2/26/2015 The conference will take place on March 12, in Maucker Union. This conference focuses on actions needed to envision a sustainable world. The event is free and open to the public.
13 Pedaling rented rides
Shilhanek--Ian (Student--2014)
Northern Iowan 111:20, p.2
11/6/2014 The UNI Office of Sustainability and the Norther Iowa student government are proposing the idea of a bike rental system on campus.
14 UNI ranks in top five affordable, eco-friendly colleges
Public Relations News Release 2014:98, p.1
10/28/2014 UNI was recently recognized as the No. 3 school on the list of "50 Great Affordable Eco-friendly Colleges". Colleges that are on the list all have distinctive structures or lifestyle characteristics on sustainability.
15 UNI to host panel discussion on food myths
Public Relations News Release 2013:199, p.1
3/10/2014 UNI's Reaching for Higher Ground committee will present the panel discussion "Paper or Plastic & Other Food Myths". The panel will discuss food myths as well as how to be more sustainable. The event is free and open to the public.
16 UNI leading the way in Cedar Valley's 20 under 40
Northern Iowa Today 97:1, p.30
1/1/2014 Angela Weekley, Tabatha Cruz, Matthew Miehe, Eric O'Brien, Nick Jedlicka, Jeff Kurtz, Katie Slade, Nicole Recker, and Lori Hoffmann are included in the Waterloo Courier's group of outstanding community leaders.
17 Student body president, vice president discuss goals for year
NI News Services
Northern Iowan 109:12, p.1
10/5/2012 Goals met include registration of two thousand new voters; expansion of Green Initiative on campus; passage of College Readership Program. Final term to focus on approval for two streetlights on campus; improve communication with students; photo
18 Regents Universities participate in sustainability rating system
Public Relations News Release 2012:45, p.1
9/14/2012 UNI re-enrolls in the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) program governed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). UNI one of the first schools in nation to achieve gold rating.
19 Food Fight
Phillips--Whitney Lea (Student--2011)
Northern Iowan 108:31, p.5
1/27/2012 Dashes and Café on the Way are encouraging students to bring their own reusable cups. This is a result of the Presidential Scholar think tank. Prizes will be awarded; photo.
20 Earth-friendly opportunities accompany new semester
Kennedy--Megan Gibson (Student--2011)
Northern Iowan 108:1, p.17
8/26/2011 Students coming to UNI this fall are more environmentally conscious than ever before. In addition to full service recycling in the dorms and recycling stations in high traffic areas, Eric O'Brien has more suggestions for saving energy; photo.
21 UNI receives Environmental Excellence Award
Koolbeck--Alex Elizabeth (Student--2010)
Northern Iowan 107:60, p.2
7/22/2011 UNI has taken an active role in practicing sustainable stewardship of our primarily urban campus. Controlled drainage of Dry Run Creek, the installation of rain gardens, and the introduction of native plant species are helpful; photo.
22 UNI receives Governor's Environmental Excellence Award
Public Relations News Release 2011:5, p.1
7/7/2011 The Governor's Environmental Excellence Award for their work with Dry Run Creek and runoff water on campus.
23 UNI hosts 2011 Sustainability Forum
Maddix--Nicholas Scott (Student--2010)
Northern Iowan 107:53, p.1
4/26/2011 "Are We Making the Grade" was the focus of the Sustainability Forum. UNI is the only educational institution to receive a gold STARS rating. Sophomore Presidential Scholars introduced UNI Unplugged a year ago; photo.
24 UNI presents 'Green the Scene' as part of Earth Week
Wilson--Ben (Student--2011)
Northern Iowan 107:50, p.1
4/15/2011 College of Education sponsored brown-bag lunches to promote reduce, reuse, and recycle during spring cleaning. The first session is on ergonomics.
25 UNI College of Education to host first-ever 'Green the Scene' initiative.
Public Relations News Release 2010:285, p.1
4/8/2011 The College of Education will host a week-long "Green the Scene" initiative to educate people on ways to live green, both personally and professionally.
26 STARS, Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System; UNI is one of only nine schools in the U. S. and Canada to achieve a gold STARS rating
Northern Iowa Today 94:2, p.6
4/1/2011 Rating system allows schools to assess their progress in sustainability; UNI achieved a very high ranking.
27 The truth about sustainability
Northern Iowa Today 94:2, p.2
4/1/2011 States that sustainability is not just a trend, that green does not equal sustainable, and that sustainable practices can be good investments; Sustainability Coordinator Eric O'Brien cites campus practices.
28 UNI CARE now accepting nominations
Koolbeck--Alex Elizabeth (Student--2010)
Northern Iowan 107:46, p.1
4/1/2011 Sustainability Council will recognize faculty, staff, students, organizations, programs, and departments that demonstrate outstanding commitment to sustainability.
29 UNI awarded STARS Gold rating for national assessment of sustainability efforts
Public Relations News Release 2010:242, p.1
3/15/2011 STARS is the most comprehensive, transparent, and meaningful framework for colleges and universities to gauge relative progress toward sustainability in all sectors of education. STARS offers bronze, silver, gold, and platinum ratings.
30 Solar & Energy Efficiency Tour to be held Oct. 3
Public Relations News Release 2010:62, p.1
9/21/2010 Solar hot water systems, photovoltaics (solar electric), ground source heat pumps, weatherization, energy efficiency, and green building in homes and businesses are featured in the Cedar Valley Solar & Energy Efficiency Tour.
31 Recycling now available Campus-wide
Hayne--Cassandra Kay (Student--2007)
Northern Iowan 107:2, p.3
8/31/2010 UNI continues to move toward a "green campus" with the installation of in-room recycling in residence halls, the dedication of the net zero parking facility, and installation of six three unit recycling bins; photo.
32 Department of Residence encourages in-room recycling
Zidon--Rachel Margaret (Student--2008)
Northern Iowan 107:1, p.1
8/27/2010 All nine residence halls will have in-room recycling. The success of the Rider Recycling Revolution led to this move; photo.
33 UNI integrates in-room recycling to all residence halls
Public Relations News Release 2010:12, p.1
8/17/2010 UNI distributed 2,800 recycling containers to dorm rooms and ROTH apartments. A room in each residence hall and ROTH has been designated as the collection center for sorting recycled plastic, tin, glass, caredboard, and mixed paper.
34 Photo opportunity: Photovoltaic panel installation, 10 a.m., Thursday, July 1
Public Relations News Release 2009:490, p.1
6/28/2010 Members of the media are invited to view and photograph photovoltaic (PV) panel installation on the Multimodal Transportation Center. During that time, media will have access to the construction site for photos.
35 UNI featured by the Princeton Review and U. S. Green Building Council in just-published 'Guide to 286 Green Colleges'
Public Relations News Release 2009:426, p.1
4/26/2010 A free guidebook profiles the nation's most environmentally responsible colleges and universities. The nationally known education services company selected UNI for inclusion in a unique resource it has created for college applicants.
36 UNI holds 2010 Sustainability Forum on April 22
Public Relations News Release 2009:413, p.1
4/20/2010 Faramarz Vakili, program director of WE CONSERVE at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will give the keynote address, "If not now, when? If not us, who?" He will deliver his lecture via video conferencing system.
37 Residences disguise blame for recent fire
Malsam--John R. (Class of 2000)
Northern Iowan 96:19, p.9
11/2/1999 Current and former RAs point out that the Dancer Hall fire was started by a candle illegally burning in a room.

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