Iowa Campus Compact recognizes UNI with a 2018 Engaged Campus Award

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Conservation Corp was recognized by Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) with a 2018 Engaged Campus Award. The group received the Emerging Innovation award for their work with Community Energy & Climate Action.

Nearly 50 nominations were received from 12 colleges and universities across the state for the Engaged Campus Awards. Those nominated include students, organizations, faculty, staff and alumni who have built community-campus partnerships, community service programs, service-learning courses and lead institutional engagement.

"Our member colleges and universities are committed to strong community partnerships," said Emily Shields, executive director of IACC. "These awardees represent the kinds of people, projects and collaborations we need to move Iowa forward."

The Emerging Innovation award recognizes a recent project, program or initiative making unique and innovative contributions that demonstrate strong future potential. The UNI Conservation Corps Community Energy Planning Program works with various cities in Eastern Iowa to conduct greenhouse gas emissions inventories, develop emissions reduction goals and provide aid in reaching these goals through the production of a Community Energy Plan. Since this project was established in March of 2017, emissions inventories have been conducted for seven jurisdictions, including Cedar Falls and Waterloo. Four different classes of UNI students have collaborated with the project and gained valuable experience analyzing real environmental data as well as researching various projects focused on sustainability and energy conservation.

"We are honored to receive this recognition for the work that we are doing to address climate change while strengthening local economies here in Iowa," said Eric Giddens, energy education and outreach coordinator for UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education. "In addition to this valuable service that we are providing communities, I am perhaps even more proud of the rich experiences that we are giving our UNI students who by and large return to Iowa communities after graduation to build a brighter future for us all."

This is the fifth year of the Engaged Campus Awards, and they will be presented at the annual Engaged Campus Awards and Summit on May 9, 2018, at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The event is sponsored by Coe College and the University of Northern Iowa. The awards seek to promote and encourage deep community-campus collaborations that result in stronger student learning and positive impacts on community needs.

For more information about UNI's Community Energy & Climate Action project, contact Giddens at 319-273-7499 or For more information about Iowa Campus Compact and a list of all the honorees, visit


Eric Giddens, energy education and outreach coordinator, Center for Energy and Environmental Education, 319-273-7499,

Emily Shields, Iowa Campus Compact, 515-321-6024,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,