Earth Week 2015
UNI celebrated Earth Week during the week of April 20-24. The RRTTC hosted several events for students, faculty and staff, and community supporters. On Wednesday, April 22nd, the RRTTC hosted the UNI Earth Day Celebration.
Sustainability Conference and Walkability Tour
On March 12-13th the Second UNI Sustainability Conference and Walkability Tour was hosted.
America Recycles Day
RRTTC Staff hosted a booth in the Maucker Union across from Chats Coffee House. Students were encouraged to make a pledge to take one step towards a greener tomorrow. Students also received a free item to help them start their pledge. The event last from 11-1 pm and sixty students attended.
UNI Wetland Clean Up
The RRTTC met at the North WRC parking lot at 4:00 pm to clean up the wetland. Three RRTTC employees, three people from AmeriCorps Iowa, and one UNI student volunteer came to help. The cleanup lasted from 4:00-6:00 and several large garbage bags were filled with trash. Afterwards, three people joined the RRTTC employees for pizza at the Other Place on the Hill.
Salsa Fest 2014
The UNI campus community was invited to Creekside Harmony Educational Garden to take tours of the garden and sample different salsas along the way which were made from produce in the garden. Four different kinds of salsa were offered as samples: mild, medium, hot, and a watermelon salsa. 32 students, 15 staff members, and 3 community members attended the event.
UNI Day at the Capitol
RRTTC Staff ventured down to Des Moines on February 24, 2014 to participate in the UNI Day at the Capitol. The RRTTC had a booth in the Capitol Rotunda along with many other organizations affiliated with UNI to educate legislators and state employees about RRTTC initiatives. Legislators and state employees were invited to take a sustainability quiz for the chance to win a frisbee or reusable coffee mug.
Craft, Plant, and Reuse
On December 4th, 2013 the RRTTC held a plant and craft time for students in Maucker Union. To promote the reuse of items, the RRTTC gathered plates, bowls and teacups that were not being used so that the students could repurpose them by decorating with Sharpie marker. The UNI Botanical center donated 60 small succulents for students to plant in teacups and take to their dorms. About 50 students came through to help to reuse by either planting a succulent or decorating a dish.
Farmers Market 2013
The RRTTC participated in the Waterloo Farmers Market at the HCVC booth. Children were asked to observe a string of 160 plastic bottles representing the average number of bottles consumed by Americans per year. There were 136 clear bottles, representing the number of bottles thrown away, and 24 green bottles, representing the number of bottles recycled each year by an average American. After sharing the statistics with children via a poster and word of mouth, children were invited to toss plastic bottles into the appropriate bin in order to earn prizes.
The RRTTC participate in the Waterloo Farmers Market at the HCVC booth for a second time. Children were asked to look at pictures that corresponded with colored beads. Children were asked to chose the beads that went along with the healthy pictures. Children then used those beads to make a bracelet to remind them to be healthy and good to the Earth.