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Dec. 11 - Morning Mug Club with UISG, T. Anne Cleary Walkway, 10am-12pm
Dec. 11 - "Climate and Culture Change: Archaeology at Castillejo del Bonete, Spain", Congregational Church, 12pm-1:15pm
Dec. 11 - Let's Roam Iowa City Scavenger Hunt, Iowa City, all day
Dec. 12 - Holiday Warmth Open House, Hothouse Yoga Coralville Studio, 5pm-7pm
Dec. 12 - College Green Group Ride, College Green Park, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Dec. 14 - Iowa City Holiday Farmers Market II, Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 8am-1pm
Dec. 15 - Last Dash Food Bank Benefit Concert, The Mill, 5:30pm-8pm, donations suggested

Find more eco-friendly events on our website!
"UI president: Declaring a climate crisis must come with action" via The Daily Iowan
"A climate change of heart for farmers" via Politico
"Opinion: Iowa ethanol subsidies aren’t worth getting burned" via The Daily Iowan
"Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature promotes sustainable development goals through books" via The Daily Iowan
"University of Iowa students closer to having campus garden" via The Gazette
"UI Office of Sustainability moves to Pentacrest to boost accessibility to students" via The Daily Iowan
"Sorority partners with AmeriCorps to increase energy efficiency" via our website
"Iowa schools test for lead in drinking water" via The Gazette
"Keep these tips in mind as you bike into winter" via our website
"Never buy packaging materials again: Program to reuse packaging materials approaches two-year anniversary" via our website
"UI Gardeners launch fundraising website for central campus garden" via our website
"Opinion: Facing extreme weather, the Midwest needs heightened climate awareness" via The Daily Iowan

Keep up with sustainability news at Iowa on our website!

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld said he “declare[s] a climate crisis” Monday in an interview with The Daily Iowan — but he went further to contemplate the UI community’s action to end it.

“We declared a climate crisis,” he said. “We just did it and it’s now on tape. There’s a climate crisis. What are we going to do about that climate crisis?”

As institutions such as the University of Illinois declare climate emergencies and the pressure builds for their peers to follow suit, Harreld said a climate crisis is not as important as the action taken to address it beyond just declaring its existence.

Read more about this declaration on our The Daily Iowan.

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The agriculture industry might be having a change of heart on what has long been a politically fraught topic in farm country, reports Pro Ag’s Helena Bottemiller Evich. Farmers and ranchers have often bristled at those who blame certain agricultural practices for contributing to environmental problems. But producers increasingly appear interested in being part of the climate change discussion and helping to shape potential policy fixes that could affect their business.

This year’s weather challenges could accelerate a shift in sentiment. Heavy rain and flooding caused historic planting delays for farmers across swaths of the Midwest. Farmers were unable to plant a record 20 million acres — more than twice the previous high watermark.

Read more about farmer's shifting stance on Politico.

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Iowa City, the UNESCO City of Literature, aims to raise awareness of its sustainability goals and spur conversation about sustainability by highlighting a new book every day.

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature will post about a book on social media every day through Dec. 18, after starting Dec. 2. The project, hashtagged “17 Books for 17 Sustainable Development Goals,” pairs each post with a development goal.

John Kenyon, executive director of the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, said the project’s origins were relatively organic. The Sustainable Development Goals are a major focus for UNESCO but might not seem directly related to literature, he said.

Read more about their sustainable development goals on The Daily Iowan.

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Greek life at Iowa is working toward becoming more energy efficient and sustainable by partnering with Green Iowa AmeriCorps.

Green Iowa AmeriCorps is a statewide organization based out of the University of Northern Iowa. A team of AmeriCorps service members in Iowa City have offered free home energy audits to residents for the past several years. 

Now, the group is helping a University of Iowa sorority reduce its energy use and increase sustainability, and hopes to connect with more greek life chapters to increase environmental awareness among a large population of college students. 

Read more about Greek Life's sustainable partnering on our website.

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The University of Iowa has offered free lead testing of elementary school drinking water since last spring through the Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination, which provides $10,000 per school for testing and remediation.

Having money to fix potential problems is critical to the program, said Dave Cwiertny, center director and a civil and environmental engineering professor.

“If it’s just voluntary and there’s no money to assist them (schools) with fixing the problem, nobody wants to look,” he said of lead tests. “So while it limits the number of schools we can work with at any given time because we have to be mindful of our budget, we have to make the commitment that we’re with these schools through the process.”

Read more about the work of University students in local lead testing on The Gazette. 
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