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April 27, 2011

Earth Month activities conclude, Branstad to speak at I-RENEW symposium April 29

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will speak at the Iowa Renewable Energy Association (I-RENEW) Symposium and Exposition on Friday, April 29 at 1:30 p.m., in the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) Illinois Room on the University of Iowa campus. His appearance is free and open to the public.

The symposium opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28 in the IMU with a free sustainability concert featuring musician Mason Jennings. Over the following three days, the symposium will feature informational seminars, speakers and workshops covering renewable energy, sustainable living, green building, energy efficient technology and alternative transportation.

In addition to Branstad, featured speakers at the I-RENEW event include:

-- Lilia Abron, the first African-American woman in the nation and the third woman at the UI, to receive a doctorate in chemical engineering. She is the founder and CEO of PEER Consultants, P.C., an environmental consulting firm headquartered in Washington, D.C.
-- Louis Licht, founder and president of Ecolotree, Inc., an Iowa-based firm that designs, installs and maintains engineered forests at regulatory-permitted sites, such as landfills and chemical spill sites to remediate pollution.
-- Craig Just, adjunct associate professor in the UI Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, who teaches courses focused on human development issues in resource-poor nations, from a sustainable engineering perspective.
-- Tim Dwight, UI alumnus and solar energy business developer with Integrated Power.
-- Chet Culver, former Iowa governor and long-time supporter of renewable energy growth in Iowa.

There is an admission fee for some portions of the symposium. A complete schedule of events and admission fee information is available at

A variety of opportunities for the university community to participate and volunteer are scheduled for the last week of April, wrapping up Earth Month activities on campus. Find additional information online,

Thursday, April 28
-- Sustainability Festival, showcasing the sustainability-related creative works and research from UI faculty, staff and students, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the IMU South Room. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 29
-- Bike to Campus, from 7 to 9 a.m., at the corner of Melrose and Hawkins and again from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Pentacrest.
-- Student organization tree planting competition, 12 to 4 p.m., registration and closing reception at the UI Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.
-- Be Hope to Her, clean water awareness walk, 2 p.m., at Kautz Plaza on the T. Anne Cleary Walkway.
-- Bioswale clean-up, 3 to 5 p.m., near the Institute for Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Building on Mormon Trek Boulevard.
-- Student garden work day, 4 p.m., at the UI Environmental Coalition Student Garden.
-- Arbor Day with UI Facilities Management Building and Landscape Services and Herky the Hawk, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the Pentacrest.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Liz Christiansen, Office of Sustainability,; Amy Myers, Office of Sustainability,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,