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Center for Energy and Environmental Education

Summer Camp: Solar and Wind Powered Fun

Logistics: $80.00 registration fee includes programming and individual camper supplies.

Four Tuesdays of Wind and Solar fun. Explore engineering as you build and test your own model solar vehicle and design a wind turbine. Investigate which materials work best in the design of passive solar buildings. Get your hands on some of the tools used to maintain wind turbines and explore energy related STEM Careers.

Cedar Valley Local Food Fair

Discover the local food treasures of our region at this free, family friendly event. Learn more about the farmers’ markets, orchards, a diversity of farms, u-picks, CSA farmers, bakeries, creameries, meat lockers, breweries and wineries that feed Northeast Iowa. Meet the farmers and producers, try samples and get recipes. Receive coupons for $1 off admission to the Phelps Youth Pavilion, located in the Waterloo Center for the Arts. Lunch, coffee and tea available for purchase in the Arthouse Café. Co-sponsor is the Center for Energy and Environmental Education.

How Can We Feed the World?

In today's culture when we ask the question how are we going to feed the world it is generally with the assumption that our current food and agriculture system is relatively stable and that we simply need to intensify what we have been doing for the past century---produce more food for a growing population. That perspective makes at least two assumptions which we now need to question, first, that feeding the world is simply a production problem, and second, that all of the resources which were available to us in the past century---cheap energy, surplus water, stable climates, etc will continue to be there for us in the foreseeable future.  Both assumptions now need to be questioned and a new approach to addressing the problem of hunger needs to be developed.

America's Climate Century

Iowa State Senator Rob Hogg, author of America’s Climate Century, is touring Iowa colleges and communities to call on Iowans to take climate action. Senator Hogg argues climate is the defining historical challenge of our century – and we need to make the fight against climate change our new national purpose.

Lecture: Changing Course in Global Agriculture

Hans Herren, World Food Prize winner and president of the Millennium Institute, will present "Changing Course in Global Agriculture."

Agriculture must be at the core of any vision that sees all people having enough healthy food in a healthy environment. Today, 870 million people suffer from hunger in a world of food production surpluses and pre- and post-retail waste while unsustainable agricultural practices lead to environmental problems and threaten the health of our planet. Ecological and resilient agricultural practices conserve ecosystems and biodiversity and reduce environmental degradation. Small-holder farmers, when practicing sustainable agriculture, are the best stewards of our ecosystem. 

Hunger Games: What is it about agriculture that's eating consumers?

Why have farm interests had to resort to PR campaigns and social media initiatives just to redeem what used to be one of the most admired occupations in America? Why are those efforts likely to backfire and further isolate agriculture? Why do farm lobbyists defend agricultural technologies and policies that farmers themselves question? Why do the agriculture's leaders denigrate local food initiatives and organic farming? Environmental Working Group's Ken Cook shares candid observations from his 35 years of experience in agriculture policy.

Sustainability Field Trip

Join us for a visit to the Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch and Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm. Both sites offer on opportunity to get a glimpse of sustainable local food practices. Cost is $5; bring a sack lunch. Transportation is provided for participants. To reserve your spot and for additional information, visit and register under “Current Events.” Space is limited and registration ends Sept. 18.

Film Screening: "Renewal"

The screening of the film "Renewal" is presented by the UNI Recycling & Reuse Technology Transfer Center in correlation with the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition.

From within their Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Muslim traditions, Americans are becoming caretakers of the Earth. With great courage, these women, men and children are re-examining what it means to be human and how we live on this planet. Their stories of combating global warming and the devastation of mountaintop removal, of promoting food security, environmental justice, recycling, land preservation, and of teaching love and respect for life on Earth.


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