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July 15, 2011

At A Glance

UI ECO Hawk group to receive state public education award

The Iowa Recycling Association presented the University of Iowa student-run ECO Hawk group the association's Best Public Education Award Thursday, July 14, in Des Moines.

ECO (Easy Change Overall) Hawk works to encourage the campus and community to make simple behavioral changes that can result in significant sustainability strides and waste reduction savings. It provides easy access to recycling bins and works to raise awareness about recycling.

The student group works with university leaders from the UI Office of Sustainability, Facilities Management, UI College of Public Health, and UI Housing Services. In addition, ECO Hawk coordinates with local recycling agencies, such as the City of Iowa City, City Carton Recycling, Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, East Central Iowa Council for Governments, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources Waste Exchange.

The College of Public Health nominated ECO Hawk, which was established by students in the college in 2009, for the award. Liz Christiansen, UI Office of Sustainability, and Joe Hummel, City Carton Recycling, submitted letters in support of the nomination.

The Iowa Recycling Association recognizes businesses, schools, nonprofit organizations and government programs each year for their efforts in creating recycling projects and programs.


UI Carver College of Medicine group wins national award

A student group devoted to encouraging medical graduates to enter family medicine based at the University of Iowa Roy. J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa, has won a national award for its efforts.

The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Network Program of Excellence (PoE) Award recognizes Family Medicine Interest Groups for their efforts to stimulate interest in family medicine and family medicine programming.

The UI Carver College of Medicine student organization is one of only 10 programs in the nation to earn the honor. Jill Endres, M.D., serves as the faculty advisor to the Iowa group.

The American Academy of Family Physicians calls the award a cornerstone of the FMIG Network. More information is available online at


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