For Theme Semester Climate for Change, we're bringing together the University, City of Iowa City, state of Iowa, and national experts to explore topics involving  sustainability - from community health to economic development, environmentalism to social equity.

Climate for Change Timeline

January 16 - University of Iowa/City of Iowa City Joint Declaration: Iowa River Initiative announcement, committing both the city and UI to the Climate for Change Theme Semester. 
Ongoing through May 20, 2018 - National Geographic Photo ArkVisual Archive of  animal species on display at Old Capital Museum, Hanson Humanities Gallery, free of charge and open to the public
February 5 - Meatless Monday: Residence Hall Dining Centers to provide meatless options for those interested in living more sustainable lives.
February 16 - Frontier Co-op – Tippie Impact CompetitionJoin a half-day workshop in W401 PBB from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m to learn about entrepreneurship and the business model canvas as well as how to identify and address key sustainability issues relevant to your business model. Use the half-day training session to brainstorm business ideas and meet with other potential partners. All University of Iowa students are eligible to participate in the competition. Registration is required to attend. (https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9oE8K4H1c9jq1Rb)
February 18 - Raptor Project talk: Join Pentacrest Museums in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capital Museum for this event that is free and open to the public.
February 19-23 - Campus-wide Sustainability Teach-In: UI faculty are invited to include sustainability as a topic in classes and lectures throughout the week. During this week, we encourage faculty to assign a reading in class, have students complete a small project, or dedicate a module related to our theme of sustainability. No matter how big or small the endeavor, we would love to have you share it with us!
February 22 - Sustainability Certificate, General Education, and Capstone Project Panel: Join Loras College Professors Christopher S. Lammel-Heindel and Benjamin J. Darr, as well as UI Professors Charles Connerly and David Bennett, as they discuss Loras College's efforts to replace General Education Requirements with the Sustainability Certificate. Presentation in the Office of Sustainabiltiy from 3:30 - 5:00 PM.
February 22-24 - Me and We: Collective Acts Toward Sustainability Dancers in Company SymposiumJoin the UI Dance department for a series of events focusing on this year’s them of collective action and its relationship to sustainability. A complete schedule can be found here!
February 23 - 24 - Iowa City Darwin Day: Presentations by leading sustainability scientists, teachers and thinkers Dr. James E. Hansen, Jacqueline L. Gill, Dr. Asheley R. Landrum, and Dr. Paul K. Strode. For the full line-up, go here!
February 24 - Iowa City Archives CrawlFive sites.  Dozens of libraries, museums, and other organizations. Mystery objects. Short talks on preserving your family treasures, crowdsourcing archival materials, and more. Get your steps in as you saunter, skip, and slide between 5 sites throughout campus! Find the details here!
February 25 - Art and Creativity workshopJudy Bales will lead a special workshop, exploring finding art and creativity. The workshop is from 2:00 to 5:00 PM in the Supreme Court Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.

February 26 - Chasing Coral screening: Free, open to public screening of this ground-breaking documentary film. Cast member Zackery Rago, a talented reef aquarist and long time scuba diver, will join us as a special guest to answer questions at the screening. The premier will be held in the Opera Studio in the Voxman Music Building. Doors open at 6:30 PM, and the film begins at 7:00 PM. RSVP at http://events.uiowa.edu/event/chasing_coral_documentary_screening.
March 1 - 3 - Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence, and Social JusticeThe Provost's Global Forum and Obermann Humanities Symposium brings together events, practicing archivists, engaged scholars, and interdisciplinary artists to share projects from guerrilla archiving of climate data to mining corporate records for evidence of organized violence. Join us for three days of lectures, panels, film screenings, and exhibits. For the full schedule, go here!
March 1 - Burr Oak Land Trust Prairie Preveiw XXXV: A free and open to the public environmental forum. Exhibitors will be set up by 6:30 p.m. Mark Hirsch, author of That Tree will be this year’s speaker beginning at 7:30 p.m. His talk is titled “Shades of wisdom, lessons learned from a lonely Bur Oak.” For more info, go here!
March 1 
"Plastic Paradise" Film Screening - As part of  RecycleMania 2018, the Office of Sustainability is presenting a film screening of  Plastic Paradise, followed by a discussion. Attend to learn more about how our own consumption patterns impact the global environment and how you can make a difference. This event has been approved for Greek Educational Credit. The film begins at 6:45 PM in 100 Philips Hall.
March 2 - "The Rusting Gun Belt: Socio-Environmental Remains of Permanent War in the Southern Tier" public lecture by Dr. Joshua Reno, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Binghamton University
March 5 - Meatless Monday: Residence Hall Dining Centers to provide meatless options for those interested in living more sustainable lives.
March 20 - Real Climate, Real Science:  Attend Brad Cramer's lecture from 5:30-7:20 pm, Iowa City Public Library meeting room A. This is part of the Rapid Response History course, which is free and open to the public. 
March 27 - Indigenous Foodways and BiodiversityAttend Stephen Warren's lecture from 5:30-7:20 pm, Iowa City Public Library meeting room A. This is part of the Rapid Response History course, which is free and open to the public. 
March 28Dr. Marcy Rockman, National Park Service Climate Change Adaption Coordinator for Cultural Resources, to speak at the Iowa Parks & Recreation Association Conference in Coralville.
March 29 - Dr. Marcy Rockman Student Workshop
March 30 - "The Story of the Human and Cultural Heritage Story of Climate Change" public lecture by Dr. Marcy Rockman, archeologist and coordinator of the Climate Change Response Program for the National Park System.
April 1 - Ty Smedes: Talk with the renowned Iowa photographer in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum, starting at 2:00 PM. 
April 2 - Meatless Monday: Residence Hall Dining Centers to provide meatless options for those interested in living more sustainable lives.
April 3-8 - Mission Creek Festival
April 3 - Imagining Climate Change in the Age of RomanticismAttend Eric Gidal's lecture from 5:30-7:20 pm, Iowa City Public Library meeting room A. This is part of the Rapid Response History course, which is free and open to the public. 
April 10 - Who Invented Extinction?Attend Beth Yale's lecture from 5:30-7:20 pm, Iowa City Public Library meeting room A. This is part of the Rapid Response History course, which is free and open to the public. 
April 10 - Iowa Watershed Approach Tour: Guided walk on rural woodland restoration property.
April 17 - Liquid Gold or Fool's Gold? Biofuels in the USAttend Silvia Secchi's lecture from 5:30-7:20 pm, Iowa City Public Library meeting room A. This is part of the Rapid Response History course, which is free and open to the public. 
April 20 - CLAS Committee on Sustainability and the Environment event: A daylong event honoring sustainability heroes on the UI campus, at the Voxman Music Building.
April 24 - Elephants and Hunters in AfricaAttend Jim Giblin's lecture from 5:30-7:20 pm, Iowa City Public Library meeting room A. This is part of the Rapid Response History course, which is free and open to the public. 
April 27 - Hawkeye Innovation Summit 2018: Join us as we celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa during the annual Hawkeye Innovation Summit!
April 27-28 - Flyover Fashion Festival: Clothing and fashion as an activist statement.
May 1 - American Climate Policy from George H.W. Bush to Donald TrumpAttend Ty Priest's lecture from 5:30-7:20 pm, Iowa City Public Library meeting room A. This is part of the Rapid Response History course, which is free and open to the public. 

Ongoing Events

Throughout the semester, various organizations and classes will work on projects to promote a more sustainable world. Those include the Fraternity and Sorority Life Sustainability Initiative; the collaboration between the City of Iowa City and UI faculty and students led by Rick Fosse to improve water quality of Sand Lake and the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area; community projects and more.

The Office of Sustainability's RecycleMania will be occurring February 4 March 31. Participants of weekly online activities focusing on “Recycling Right” posted at https://sustainability.uiowa.edu/initiatives/recycling/get-involved/recyclemania-2018/events-and-activities/ can win prizes such as gift cards and mugs and can be entered into a grand prize drawing for participating in at least 4 of the 8 weeks!

The Office of Sustainability is hosting a Zen Coloring Book Design Contest.  The winning designs will be made into a coloring book that will be given to children and adults alike, including families at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. Entries are due March 23. See https://sustainability.uiowa.edu/initiatives/recycling/get-involved/zen-coloring-book-design-contest/ for rules, prizes and judging criteria.

Students
For Students

 


For Faculty and Staff
Faculty and Staff

The University's Theme Semester is encouraging all faculty members to join us in a campus-wide Sustainability Teach-In during the week of February 19 - 23. During this week, we encourage faculty to assign a reading in class, have students complete a small project, or dedicate a module related to our theme of sustainability. No matter how big or small the endeavor, we would love to have you share it with us! Please email us either a picture, description or sentence about your Sustainability Teach-In work. Also, post photos or a brief description on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #UITHEME

  • Plan a Theme Semester event or activity.
  • Join the conversation by posting to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #UITHEME throughout the semester.

Community Partners, Alumni, and Friends
For Community

  • ​Collaborate with campus and community members on Theme Semester projects, research, or events.
  • Join the conversation by posting to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #UITHEME throughout the semester.