Panther Initiative for Environmental Equity and Resilience (PIEER)
PIEER creates a partnership between UNI students, sustainability faculty, and the Recycling Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC) to deliver educational and engagement projects in the areas of environmental equity issues (justice and diversity) and environmental resiliency (sustainability). Current interns include Julie Grunklee, Kelsey Ewald, and Kaila Pancheco.
PIEER will work with schools, UNI centers, and community organizations to provide educational awareness activities that can bring about new insights and understandings of environmental equity and resilience issues. The overall goal is to increase awareness about issues between rural and urban Iowans that will encourage engaged populations to consider positive changes.
Topics may include lead, radon, arsenic, or other little known environmental hazards in the home or community. PIEER will also focus on lack of access to healthier food choices, community gardens, gathering unused seasonal fruits and vegetables for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, and making these changes sustainable to benefit future generations.
PIEER presenting about social justice, equity, resilience, and environmental factors to the advisory committee.
PIEER group had the opportunity to work with the Campus Consciousness Tour and Nate Ruess.
PIEER interns presented at the Governor's Conference on Public Health.
PIEER participated at the African American Children’s and Family Conference held at UNI’s Schindler Education Center with a display and interactive recycling activity.
PIEER interns set up a booth at the Disaster Readiness Fair at UNI.
Tabling at the Maucker Union to get students engaged in environmental equity and resilience.
PIEER interns educated Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School students about lead safety.
PIEER interns helped Hoover Middle School students make disaster-ready kits.
Robert Ping gave walkability tours in the Downtown Waterloo area.
Certificate in Sustainability
Sustainability Certificate: Overview and Requirements
Student Engagement Opportunities
As an undergraduate or graduate student, the RRTTC can provide you with opportunities to enhance your classroom experiences through research projects, outreach programs and internships working with members of the Iowa business and industry community. We are looking for motivated students who are interested in being actively involved with our outreach programs. All majors are encouraged to get involved. There are many ways that you can show you care about the environment. Below are just a few of the ways on campus you can get involved with the movement to go green!
Graduate Assistantship Position
Graduate Assistantship (Doctoral) Position
University of Northern Iowa Health/Science Club
Environmental Health Certificate
Northern Iowa Energy Corps
Green Project UNI
Student Nature Society
UNI Solar Panthers Club
UNI Outdoor Recreation
Department of Residence Recycles!
One of the easiest ways to get involved starts in your room. This year the department of residence has started providing free recycling bins to all rooms for anyone living on campus or in the ROTH housing complex. There are also rooms in each building with different bins for plastics, papers, and glass. Using your recycling bin is one of the easiest ways to make a change for the better!
Donate Your Books!
University Book and Supply offers students another way to be good to the environment with their book donation program. This program is for students to donate gently used textbooks that no longer have any value. Books are accepted throughout the year and go toward the cause of global literacy. For more information about donations contact University Book and Supply at 319-266-7581.
Creekside Harmony Garden
You can get involved with our community and educational garden. Click on the link to see the garden's latest progress and how the development process is coming along. To volunteer or learn how you can help with this exciting new opportunity, contact:
Jenny Bruss: Outreach and Programing
Off Campus Opportunities
Cedar Falls Community Garden
Anyone interested in gardening can contact the Cedar Falls Community Garden at www.cfcommunitygarden.org and sign up for their newsletter for information on how to be involved. The garden can also be contacted on Facebook by looking up their page.
Hartman Reserve Nature Center
The Hartman Reserve Nature Center is always looking for volunteers to help with various tasks around the reserve such as lying woodchips on the paths and sapping maple syrup later in the year. There are many ways you can help at the reserve and more information is available on the website .
Tallgrass Prairie Center
Anyone interested in restoration and preservation of prairie vegetation can contact the Tallgrass Prairie Center for opportunities to volunteer. To contact the Tallgrass Prairie Center call 319-273-2238.
For more information about student opportunities with the RRTTC contact:
Program & Community Outreach Coordinator
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0184