The Sustainability Dialogue & Action: Academia & Community Looking to the Future conference was held April 12-13 at the University of Northern Iowa. We would like to extend a sincere thank you to all those who helped make this event such a success including our sponsors: the University of Northern Iowa, the Office of Executive Vice President and Provost Office, the Office of Sustainability, University of Iowa Sustainable Citizen Program and the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition.


This first-ever conference drew 144 total attendees for participation in breakout sessions and presentations. More than sixty students from UNI, Luther College, Wartburg College, Iowa State University and the University of Iowa attended the event and several students also submitted excellent research presentations and examples for the poster sessions. 


Approximately 175 people attended the evening keynote presentation from urban revitalization strategist and public radio host Majora Carter. The session was held in the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center and offered attendees the opportunity to learn about Carter’s non-profit environmental justice solutions corporation, Sustainable South Bronx and the Majora Carter Group.


Recipients of the Creating a Responsible

Environment (CARE) Awards 

 Andres Edwards discusses ecological


Graduate student Sushil Tuladhar practices his

painting technique at the Virtual Paint Simulator




Carter hosts the Peabody Award winning public-radio series, The Promised Land and has received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. 


During the Saturday portion of the conference, a combined 200 people attended keynote presentations from Andres Edwards and Winona LaDuke. Edwards, an educator and award-winning author of Thriving Beyond Sustainability: Pathways to a Resilient Society, spoke about balancing ecological well-being from 

the inside out.  LaDuke is an American- Indian activist and executive director of Honor the Earth and White Earth Land Recovery Project.  In addition to keynote presentations, attendees chose several breakout sessions to attend.  Thank you to all the breakout session leaders!





Sustainable Citizen Program-Craig Just

Cool Congregations-Rev. Susan Guy
Leadership & Sustainability-Gerri Perreault, Al Hayes
Environment, Health & Agriculture-William Stigliani, Mary Skopec,Catherine Zeman
Grassroots Coalition Building-Christine Carpenter, Sheri Huber-Otting, Rebecca Kauten,Katie Youngbauer
Sustainable Spaces Inside and Out-Kathy Scholl, Gowri Betrabet Gulwadi
The Economic Case for Sustainability-Jennifer Reutzel
Local Foods Movement-Tim Daley
K-12 Curriculum Sharing Session-Pat Higby, Jenny Bruss
University Faculty Sharing Session-Jeremy Schraffenberger, Richard Featherstone, Jan Bartlett


The Iowa Waste Reduction Center’s Virtual
Paint Simulator


Craig Just, Civil and Environmental

Engineering of the University of Northern

Iowa, presents information on the Sustainable

Citizen Program, an effort focused on the

growth of campus living-learning communities

for the creation of sustainable citizens.