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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 3, 2005

Energy Expo Celebrates UI's Conservation And Environmental Efforts

An Energy Expo this week will celebrate the many initiatives at the University of Iowa aimed at reducing energy consumption and protecting the environment. The free event will be Thursday, Oct. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus.

The day will also celebrate the University of Iowa becoming an Energy Star Partner with a ceremonial signing of the agreement by UI President David Skorton. Speakers will include Skorton, state officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Ag Center and area researchers. Energy Star is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.

Expo topics will include the biomass oat hull initiative at the UI Power Plant, efficiency improvements to Boiler 10, a student wind power experiment at Oakdale campus, Burlington Street dam hydropower project, ethanol production in Iowa and displays related to what every community member can do to reduce energy consumption. Visitors to the Energy Expo will be able to find out how much energy a computer monitor draws and what "green energy" feels like, as well as have fun with hands-on displays spotlighting UI efforts at energy conservation.

Giveaways include a free UI Energy Expo T-shirt, designed by ESW and UISG students and green wristbands, while supplies last. Refreshments and snacks will be served. 

The event is sponsored by the UI Energy Conservation Advisory Council (ECAC), UI Student Government, Engineers for a Sustainable World, and key UI business partners. The ECAC, which advises the University on matters of energy conservation, is composed of faculty, staff and students. Jerry Schnoor, professor of civil and environmental engineering, is the chairperson.

For the full schedule and more information, see:

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Charles S. Drum, 319-384-0048,; Program: Dave Jackson, 319-335-5062,