October Sustainability News and Events
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Iowa Organic Conference Nov. 18-19

     The 18th annual Iowa Organic Conference, a joint effort between Iowa State University and the University of Iowa Office of Sustainability and the Environment, will be held on Nov. 18-19 at the Iowa Memorial Union. Producers and experts from across the country will share tips for transitioning into organic production and methods to enhance organic operations.
     The conference begins at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, with a reception in the IMU  featuring local and organic food and drinks. The conference lunch on Monday afternoon highlights local and organic produce, meats and dairy products assembled into a gourmet meal by Barry Greenberg, executive chef, and his UI Dining team.
Monday’s break-out sessions start at 8 a.m. and include information on transitioning into organic farming, weed management, organic livestock processing, organic no-till and alternative crops such as small grains and edible beans.
     The keynote speaker is David Montgomery, professor of earth and space sciences at the University of Washington, author of "Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations."  Liz Carlisle, a lecturer at Stanford University and author of “Lentil Underground” will speak with a fellow Montanan, farmer Dave Oien, about the many benefits of growing edible beans. The conference also includes information on water quality, the economics of organic production, and local food system initiatives such as Feed Iowa First and Global Greens.
     Online conference registration is available. Registration is $100 until Nov. 11 and $120 after that date. Reduced rates and scholarships are available for students. Volunteer opportunities are also available for students, including set up on Nov. 18 and conference assistance on Nov. 19. Sign up here.

Upcoming Events

Nov. 15- Tippie Film Screening: Decoding the Weather Machine 5-7:00 pm, IMU Theater
Nov. 18- The Science of Bees with Kristine Nemec of the Tallgrass Prairie Center, 2-3:30 pm, Old Capitol Museum
Nov. 18- Iowa Organic Conference, 6-8 pm Iowa Memorial Union
Nov. 19- Iowa Organic Conference, 8 am- 5 pm, Iowa Memorial Union

Campus garden boosts population
of bees and butterflies

     As part of a student project for a sustainability class, some 400 plants that attract bees and butterflies were planted along the Iowa Memorial Union’s west patio in April. As classes got underway this fall, a few chrysalises remained suspended from edges along the garden’s adjacent brick wall.
      The IMU garden—the only one on campus planted specifically to attract bees and butterflies—is the result of a student initiative. Tony Kirrish, Luke Kottemann, and Jon Smith, all electrical engineering students who graduated in May 2018, were enrolled in Sustainable Systems during the spring semester and had to complete a sustainability project in lieu of a final exam.
     Read more about the project in this Iowa Now article.

Gameday Recycling Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to help with gameday recycling at Nov. 10 football game 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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