September Sustainability News and Events
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Giannakouros Named Director of the Office of Sustainability and the Environment

     Stratis Giannakouros is the new director of the University of Iowa Office of Sustainability and the Environment. He started on August 31, 2018, and will oversee the integration of the Office of Sustainability and the Environment (OSE) into the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS).
     CLAS Associate Dean Marc Armstrong said Giannakouros is the perfect fit at a pivotal moment for the office.“We are very pleased to bring Stratis aboard for this crucial position,” Armstrong said. “The Office of Sustainability and the Environment has been an important part of our campus for years. We look forward to the office implementing new emphases on student research and learning opportunities, and Stratis’s depth of experience in academic settings will help us create and sustain innovative programs.”
The Office of Sustainability—as it was known until July 2018—was created in 2008 by President Sally Mason, with Liz Christiansen as its director. Christiansen retired from the position in 2017, and Sarah Maples served as interim director until July 1 this year.
      The office’s move into CLAS, from the Office of the Provost and Facilities Management, provides an opportunity to enhance efforts around student engagement, sustainability education, and sustainability research.
      "Our goal is to make sure that students and faculty who want to become more engaged in sustainability have quality opportunities to do so both on Iowa’s campus, in the region and internationally," Giannakouros said."
Iowa is a great place to live and finding ways to use the resources here at the University of Iowa to make sure that the communities we serve continue to thrive is important to the mission of the Office of Sustainability and Environment. We would like to see more internship opportunities for students in sustainability and environmental areas as well as a greater emphasis on sustainability education and research across colleges and courses at the University."
     Giannakouros comes to the UI from Arizona State University, where he served as project manager and program manager for the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Prior to that, he was the assistant director at the Center for Sustainable Communities at Luther College and sustainability outreach coordinator at Colorado State University. Giannakouros has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Loras College and a master’s degree in Environmental Politics and Policy from Colorado State University.
     Read more about Giannakourous and the OSE's move to CLAS in this Daily Iowan article.

(Photo credit: Charlie Peckman, Daily Iowan)

Fall Bike Checkup Sept. 21

     J oin us to get your bike in shape for the fall! The free Bike Check-Up will be at a new location on the plaza north of the Main Library on Friday, Sept. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m.
        Staff from World of Bike’s and Geoff’s Bike and Ski will be offering basic brake and gear adjustments, tire inflation, and general advice on how to keep your bike in optimal condition. In addition, there will be a bike pedal-powered blender provided by World of Bikes to make free smoothies.
      UI Student Health and Wellness will have information about bike helmet safety and have a drawing for a bike helmet.  Bike registration will also be available from UI Parking and Transportation and UI Police.

Upcoming Events

9/21 - Wasted! Film Screening 6:30 p.m. Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids
9/23 - Nancy Macko: Artist Discussion of Fragile Bee exbibit, 2-3:30 p.m. Old Capitol Museum
9/27 - UIEC Speaker: Jason Taylor, Bur Oak Land Trust, 7-8 p.m. OSE, 1650 UCC
10/1 - The Age of Consequences, 100 Grannies Film Series, 6:30 p.m. Iowa City Senior Center
10/7, 10/21, 10/28 - Iowa City Stormwater trail cleanup, noon- 3 p.m., Terry Trueblood Trail, Iowa City

Job Opportunity- Energy Efficiency Assistant 
City of Iowa City Sustainability

     The City of Iowa City is looking to fill a part-time position that is suited to a student with an engineering or science background. Position requires good skills in critical thinking and will assist with tracking and analyzing the City’s energy and water usage as well as other work associated with the City’s climate initiatives. See the complete job description here.
     To apply, go to City’s Self Services website at and include a cover letter and a resume attached to the online application, which is due Oct. 3. For any questions about the job or have issues with the online application, contact Brenda Nations at or 319-887-6161.

Gameday Recycling Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to help with gameday recycling at the three remaining home football games at Kinnick Stadium. Approximately 30 volunteers are needed to greet fans and help them recycle properly as they enter the stadium.  See this Daily Iowan article about gameday recycling as well. Individuals and groups are welcome; sign up here.

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