“Dream Green” Radio Series Gets Schooled on University of Iowa’s Impressive Sustainability Practices

 

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“Dream Green” Radio Series Gets Schooled
on University of Iowa’s Impressive Sustainability Practices

Interviews & Walking Tour to Air
Sept. 15, 7 p.m. on KRUU-FM

Fairfield, IA, September 13, 2011—This week, it’s back to school for KRUU-FM’s “Dream Green” team, as co-hosts Stuart Tanner and James Moore explore University of Iowa’s impressive sustainability infrastructures. Tune in online at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 15 at www.kruufm.com for a walking tour of UI’s energy control center, power plant, energy district, and student gardens, plus interviews with UI's Office of Sustainability director Liz Christiansen, energy director Glen Mowrey, and environmental specialist Darice Baxter. (Rebroadcast Monday, September 19 at 7 a.m. Archives of series available at greeniowa.org.)

“University of Iowa President Sally Mason made a visionary speech in 2008 in which she declared that sustainability must become a central priority of all aspects of the university,” says show co-host Stuart Tanner. “President Mason called for a commitment on the part of the university to achieve sustainability locally, in its own daily activities, and globally, in its work to serve Iowa and the world through education, research, and service. In this week’s program, we’ll share the remarkably swift progress that’s been made toward realizing this vision and promoting the welfare of people, the environment, and overall growth in the economy.”

Sustainability at The University of Iowa is framed by work of many dedicated faculty, staff, and students—with initiatives spanning campus-wide recycling, carpooling to reduce emissions, and favoring local produce in dining facilities. The University of Iowa is also committed to increasing the use of renewable energy, thereby reducing its reliance on coal, purchased electricity, and natural gas. Beginning in 2003, the school’s biomass fuel project, and partnership with Quaker Oats, has enabled U of I to reduce its fossil fuel green house gas emissions by over 50,000 tons of CO2 each year.

Additionally, the University of Iowa incorporates green principles in the placement, design and construction of new campus facilities and major renovation projects, maintaining a minimum standard of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for new construction and major renovations. The school has also established a Water Sustainability Initiative to advance research, education, and outreach on sustainability. 

“The University of Iowa's approach to sustainability is impressive, from the space age-looking energy control center—which tracks almost 200 buildings—to the Green Energy Discovery District with its long array of solar panels for recharging the school's electric fleet, to the oat hull-fired power plant, to the students’ gardens,” says co-host James Moore. “The school’s sustainability certificate program basically offers a minor that students are able to add to their education portfolios. Office of Sustainability Director Liz Christiansen and Energy Director Glen Mowrey are passionate and articulate advocates for energy efficiency. This is a big operation to manage. The university's power plant serves over 30,000 students as well as one of the country’s largest teaching hospitals.”

Next week: Focus on Fairfield, a town of 10,000 in southeast Iowa, acclaimed for its entrepreneurial and ecological efforts. Featured interviews include Mayor Ed Malloy, sustainability coordinator Scott Timm, and green businesspeople Troy Van Beek and Amy Greenfield.

About:

Funded by nearly 70 individuals, businesses, organizations and a grant from the Iowa Power Fund’s Office of Energy Independence, the “Dream Green” series is being released under a Creative Commons license. City administrators, radio stations, schools, and organizations involved in energy efficiency and sustainable practices are being offered free use of the series.

“Dream Green” is produced by the popular hosts of KRUU-FM’s Tanner & Moore, Stuart Tanner and James Moore, with the creative guidance of Maharishi University of Management faculty.

Stuart Tanner is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on BBC, Channel 4, and National Geographic. He is an assistant professor in the Media & Communications Department at Maharishi University of Management.

James Moore is co-founder and has served as executive director of KRUU-FM since its inception in 2006. A published poet and gifted musician, he serves on adjunct faculty at MUM where he teaches Radio & Web Broadcasting.

KRUU became the Midwest's first solar-powered radio station on September 9, 2009. “A business on the forefront of sustainability,” wrote then Governor Chet Culver. “With this project, KRUU-LP is contributing to a greener, safer Iowa.” Featuring 80 locally-produced weekly programs broadcasting to the greater Fairfield area, KRUU streams online at www.kruufm.com. You can follow the journey of discovery at www.greeniowa.org.

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