UNI to host second regional sustainability conference

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is hosting its second regional sustainability conference, "Environmental Equity and Resilience in the Cedar Valley and Beyond," from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 12, at Maucker Union on the UNI campus.

This conference focuses on actions needed to envision a sustainable world and the transformation needed to create it. The conference includes a keynote speaker and a variety of breakout sessions focusing on food issues, policy concerns, natural energy, and resources and health topics.

Robert Ping will be the keynote speaker for the sustainability conference. He is a self-described 'bikeaholic' and a passionate transportation advocate. Ping has focused nearly his entire career on getting people more active, especially children and youth, and especially on bicycles. He also advocates for increased safety, social equity and physical activity through bicycling and walking.

UNI sustainability coordinator Eric O'Brien will give a news and progress report on campus sustainability efforts. The University of Northern Iowa, Office of Executive Vice President and Provost Office, Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC), and Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition are sponsoring this conference.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees must preregister at www.RRTTC.com. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/rrttc or contact Jenny Bruss, program and community outreach coordinator for UNI's RRTTC, at 319-273-3689 or jennifer.bruss@uni.edu


Jenny Bruss, program and community outreach coordinator, Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center, 319-273-3689, jennifer.bruss@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu