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UI environmental center wins energy leadership award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Engineering's Center
for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) has been selected
as one of four Iowa organizations to receive 1998 Energy Leadership Awards
from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
The awards, to be formally presented at the Nov. 4 Iowa Association
for Energy Efficiency banquet and conference in Des Moines, recognize the
most outstanding achievements in energy efficiency and renewable energy
development in the state.
In citing CGRER for the award, the Department of Natural Resources noted
that it is "one of the few academic research centers in the country
to successfully use its research to implement actual programs in industry
Center research includes the use of poplar trees to reduce nitrates
and pesticides in surface waters, the development of environmental management
systems to help industry and universities reduce solid and hazardous wastes
and increase recycling, and the creation of the Iowa Greenhouse Gas Action
Plan and its 16 ways that Iowans can save energy and provide for renewable
According to Jerry Schnoor and Greg Carmichael, CGRER co-directors and
UI engineering professors, the action plan is a good example of CGRER leadership.
"The Iowa Greenhouse Gas Action Plan was developed by CGRER and
represents one of only six state plans to meet or surpass emission reductions
agreed to at the 1997 Kyoto Climate Convention." Iowa can reduce greenhouse
gas emissions while improving its economy, creating jobs, and saving energy."
The goal is to produce a more competitive state economy and a sustainable
environment for the 21st century." Schnoor said.
CGRER promotes interdisciplinary research efforts that focus on the
multiple aspects of global environmental change, including the regional
effects on natural ecosystems, environments, and resources, and on human
health, culture and social systems. The eight-year-old Center is composed
of 66 members from 22 departments and includes faculty and professional
staff from many of Iowa's colleges and universities.
The primary goals of CGRER are:
* to promote interactions between researchers interested in the effects
and interactions of global change;
* to pursue funding opportunities for multi-disciplinary projects from
federal, state, and private sources;
* to attract highly qualified students to campus who are interested in
earth system science;
* to acquire state-of-the-art facilities and equipment essential to the
conduct of global change research; and
* to assist the state and its industries in their activities related to
the effects of environmental change.
Center goals are promoted by encouraging interdisciplinary research
and dialogue among individuals whose disciplines touch upon any aspect
of global change. The Center awards seed grants, fosters interdisciplinary
courses, provides state-of-the-science research facilities and equipment,
and holds seminars and symposia while encouraging students to broaden their
studies and research through considering the multi-disciplinary aspects
of global and regional environmental problems. Through such activities
the Center attempts to assist Iowa's agencies, industries, and citizens
as they prepare for accelerated environmental change that may accompany
Housed in the Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories building at the
University of Iowa, the Center was established by the State Board of Regents
in 1990 and receives funding through the year 2001 from a public utility
trust fund, as mandated by the State of Iowa's Energy Efficiency Act.
In addition to CGRER, the other 1998 Energy Leadership Award Winners
being honored are the Ankeny Community School District, Skogman Construction
Company, and Rebuild Webster City.