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.

Upcoming Events

April 1 - Ty SmedesTalk with the renowned Iowa photographer in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum, starting at 2:00 PM. 
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 4 - IIPHRP Global Rural Health Case CompetitionThe IIPHRP Global Rural Health Case Competition brings together teams of UI graduate students from multiple disciplines to creatively address critical global rural health challenges. The aim of the Global Rural Health Case Competition is to train the next generation of leaders through a unique competition experience built upon a real‐world challenge. Enhance your resume, build your networking and presentation skills, and win cash prizes! Apply by March 1, 2018. The competition will be held April 4 in the College of Public Health Building. 
April 4 - "Hot, Hungry Planet" author Lisa Palmer: Journalist Lisa Palmer will present "Feeding a Hot, Hungry Planet: Global food security for peace, agricultural development, health and prosperity". By drawing upon her reporting and research on the environment, sustainability, and agriculture, Palmer will explore the future of food security and the people and organizations developing more sustainable and resilient food systems. The talk will take place April 4 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm in College of Public Health Building, Callaghan Auditorium (N110 CPHB).
April 6 - Read on the Rug: "The Environment"Bring your toddler to enjoy a story and related activities at the Pentacrest Museums! Recommended for ages 2-4 years old.  Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program. This event is free. Space is limited to ten and registration is required. Please pre-register by clicking here! The event will take place 10:00am to 10:30am in the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, Iowa Hall. 
April 7 - Mission Creek Festival: Community Day - ArtLifeTech (ALT) - ALT returns to Iowa City this spring, with events happening throughout the day on Saturday, April 7. FREE and open to the public, ALT explores intersections between technology, art, and our lives through keynote talks, workshops, and panel discussions. We seek to inspire and build community creativity empowered and enabled by technology; to display technology as a means to creative ends rather than as an end in itself; and to build a broader community among art and tech cultures through inspiring content. Includes panels and talks by Tom Eggert, Will Lenzen Jr., and Meyers. For the full schedule, click here
April 8 - Climate of Change Stormwater Cleanup Terry Trueblood Rec AreaVolunteers can make a difference in an Iowa City park by spending a few hours helping remove invasive species. City of Iowa City, University of Iowa and Bur Oak Land Trust are sponsoring a number of events for a theme semester “Climate of Change”. This is a community event that will benefit our woodlands. Sunday, April 8 at 12 PM - 3 PM. 
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 - Guided Tour of Old Man’s TimberIf you’re interested in conservation and restoration practices, you’ll want to attend this event, which will include a short presentation in a reconstructed and restored 19th-century barn and a hike around the property, known as Old Man’s Timber. We’ll see wildflowers, timber restoration activities, a pond, and more. 5:30–7:30 pm, April 10, 2018. (Meet in Lot #11 on the University of Iowa campus at 5:15 pm to board one of our free shuttle vans. Vans will leave promptly at 5:30 pm and return about 7:45 pm).
April 12 - Hawkeye Lunch & Learn: Only Connect - Come see the upcoming Hawkeye Lunch & Learn lecture titled Only Connect, presented by Christopher Merrill, Director of the International Writing Program. This lecture is free and open to the public, however, an RSVP is encouraged.
April 12 - Climate for Change and Conservation with Jessi LowryIn conjunction with the theme semester, Climate for Change, the Old Capitol Museum is proud to host Jessi Lowry, Director of Conservation and Research at Blank Park Zoo. Jessie Lowry is a wildlife conservationist. She has studied primates in the rain-forests of Costa Rica and Uganda and cared for many species of zoo animals, from sea lions to snakes. Through her role as Director of Conservation at Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, she has raised funds and awareness for over 50 wildlife organizations, developed creative events and fundraisers and mentored others on how to channel their passion. This event is free to attend and open to the public. The talk will take place Thursday, April 12 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm in the Old Capitol Museum 
April 14 - EPX CON 2018The Midwest's largest Animation and Gaming Conference is back and better than ever! EPXCON 2018 is our 7th annual CON. This year, we have a full program featuring industry professionals in animation, arts, programming, writing, game design, music and sound design, and business, all giving talks, tech demos, master classes, Q&A sessions, and more. April 14, 9 AM to 5:30 PM in the Art Building West.
April 15 - Pipeline Poetry: A night of poetry, prose, song, video, dance, and performative art at 7 p.m. in Room 151, Pappajohn Business Building. This event is to draw awareness to the Makwa Initiative, a group of Water Protectors building a community of resistance in Cloquet, Minnesota.
CANCELED: April 15 - Climate of Change Stormwater Cleanup Terry Trueblood Rec AreaVolunteers can make a difference in an Iowa City park by spending a few hours helping remove invasive species. City of Iowa City, University of Iowa and Bur Oak Land Trust are sponsoring a number of events for a theme semester “Climate of Change”. This is a community event that will benefit our woodlands. Sunday, April 15 at 12 PM - 3 PM. With great regret the stormwater Cleanup has been canceled due to reliable weather predictions of strong winds, 32 degrees, and snow or rain. We would not have a safe or effective event.   
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 17 - Climate Change: Keeping the Earth Green, Clean, and HabitableAs the Chief Scientist for NASA, Ellen Stofan helped demolish barriers for women in science while working at the very frontiers of tech. In talks, she argues for greater diversity in the STEM fields, demonstrates why space exploration is crucial for innovation, and shows why studying our nearby planets is key to combating climate change here on Earth. Join Ellen Stofan's FREE lecture April 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Englert Theatre.
April 19 - Earth Month Lecture presented by the UI Environmental Coalition:  Kelli Kennon-Lane, who writes the "Sustainable Couple" Blog. Thursday, April 19,  7 - 8 p.m. in the Office of Sustainability, 1650 UCC.
April 20 - Chemists Celebrate Earth Day!Explore climate science through hands-on experiments at the University of Iowa Sciences Library. Did you ever wonder why do some gases warm the atmosphere? How do particles cool the earth? How do clouds form? Why are the oceans becoming more acidic? What is albedo and how does it affect climate?Activities for all ages.  Bring your questions and join us for refreshments! Friday, April 20 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Sciences Library, 3rd floor.
April 20 - CLAS Committee on Sustainability and the Environment eventA daylong event honoring sustainability heroes on the UI campus, at the Voxman Music Building. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their research, writings, performances, and artwork around issues relating to sustainability. Additionally, a panel-led breakout session is offered in the afternoon (1:00-2:30), called "Sustainable Activism," which will feature professionals who will share their stories in sustainability with students and offer advice on positive engagement during difficult times. Free and open to the public!
April 20 - Reducing Global Food Waste and Hunger Using Information and Communications TechnologyIn spite of the continuing efforts and various policies in place for several years by numerous organizations, hunger remains a global crisis even today. Join Dr. Sugam Sharma as he discusses this pressing issue. Friday, April 20 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm at the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU), Big Ten Theater (Room #348). 
April 21 - Public Policy Center World Climate SimulationIn celebration of Earth Week, the Public Policy Center will host a World Climate Simulation. The World Climate Simulation is a role-playing exercise of the UN climate change negotiations for groups. It is unique in that it uses an interactive computer model to rapidly analyze the results of the mock-negotiations during the event. Audience members will participate in the negotiations and will be assigned to one of six delegations. This event is free and open to the public but please register in advance! Saturday, April 21 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
April 21 - Iowa River Clean-Up 2018Volunteer activities, in addition to the removal of small debris, may include the removal of larger trash from the banks and sandbars of the river (i.e., tires or building materials). Volunteers may also choose to sort and wash recyclable material from the collected debris.  The clean-up will be outdoors. Please plan accordingly by wearing proper attire: sturdy closed-toe shoes, bug spray, sunscreen, etc. Bags and gloves will be provided. Meet at University Water Plant parking lot, 208 West Burlington St., Iowa City (next to the UI Main Library parking lot) Saturday, April 21, 2018, 9–11 a.m.
April 22 - Johnson County Historic Poor Farm Earth Day - Seed the Future: Join the Johnson County Historical Society for a day to relax, create, explore and learn at the Historic Poor Farm just west of 4515 Melrose Ave from 2-5 PM. For questions or volunteer opportunities, email info@psriowa.org
April 22 - Special Edition of The Green Room: Prompt for the PlanetKeynote: Avery Bang, CEO of Bridges to Prosperity. Also, music by soprano Jessica Pray, a special piece by Amanda Gorman, The first-ever Youth Poet Laureate of the United States of America, sculptures by students from the University of Iowa School of Art & Art History, and much, much more. Act One begins at MERGE in downtown Iowa City at 1 PM, with Act Two starting at 3 PM at the Englert Theater. 
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 25 - WorldCanvass: Climate Science and the Environment—What’s Next?: UI faculty members Greg Carmichael, Gabriele Villarini, Craig Just, Larry Weber, Jerry Anthony, Tyler Priest, and Jerald Schnoor—all recognized leaders in their fields—will share current research and discuss policy approaches to environmental challenges in the U.S. and globally. Free and open to the public with a pre-show catered reception from 5-5:30 p.m.
April 27 - Hawkeye Innovation Summit 2018Join us as we celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa during the annual Hawkeye Innovation Summit!
April 28 - Climate x Fashion: Solutions at Flyover Festival:  A solutions oriented discussion at Flyover Fest exploring fast fashion's impact on the climate and society and ways consumers can make a difference at the local level.  This event is part of a broader Climate x Fashion campaign at Flyover Fest that aims to collaborate across sectors to address climate change and to equip consumers with practical tools to make a difference. Learn more: https://www.climateandfashion.com/Featuring: Cassidy Bell, Blake Rupe, and Sheila Ongie!
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. 
May 2 - Trumpet Blossom Cafe: Hancher Culinary Arts ExperienceTrumpet Blossom Cafe creates plant-based comfort food that reflects the season, respects the land, and is truly sustainable using organic ingredients and making dishes from scratch. Join us for a lunch dedicated to the idea of sustainability. The lunch costs $40 and takes place Wednesday, May 2 at 5:00pm to 8:00pm in Hancher Auditorium, Stanley Café.
May 3 - Hawkeye Lunch & Learn: Art of Collaboration – Obermann Center for Advanced Studies - Come see the final Hawkeye Lunch & Learn lecture of the semester titled Art of Collaboration - Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, presented by Teresa Mangum, Professor and Director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies. This lecture is free and open to the public, however, an RSVP is encouraged.
May 10-11 - Sustainability SummitThe Sustainability Summit is hosted by the University of Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC). The Summit will be held May 10-11, 2018 in Iowa City, and will focus on providing knowledge and tools to help individuals understand environmental and social issues that impact business. Attendees will also learn how to incorporate responsible business practices into their classroom teachings.The details: Location: The Celebration Farm: 4696 Robin Woods Lane NE - Iowa City. Space is limited for this event, reserve your spot at https://www.iowajpec.org/sustainability-summit-registration today!

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.

To celebrate this semester’s theme: Climate for Change, check out the Sciences Library’s new exhibit on climate change and sustainability! In an interactive experiment, learn about the albedo effect: How light and dark colored surfaces, and their ability to reflect or absorb light and heat from the sun, can change the temperature. 

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.

Past Events

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 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 - Jerry Schnoor: Climate Change and Policy: The 100 Grannies of Iowa City kicks off the Barbara Schlachter Memorial Lecture Series with Jerry Schnoor, professor of Environmental Engineering and Co-Director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research. This free talk will investigate the most recent effects of climate change and discuss how to mitigate and adapt to it.
March 8 - Hawkeye Lunch & Learn: Why Study Gravitation?  What Else is There to Know? - Come see the upcoming Hawkeye Lunch & Learn lecture titled Why Study Gravitation? What Else is There to Know?, presented by Vincent Rodgers, Professor of Physics. This lecture is free and open to the public, however, an RSVP is encouraged. 
March 18 - 24 - Works by JD Whitman, MFA Student in the School of Art & Art History: As an artist, scuba diver, and ocean advocate, Jacquelyn Dale (JD) Whitman creates art that educates the public on our oceans and inspires participation in global conservation efforts. Whitman’s thesis exhibit will be on public display March 18-24 at the Drewelowe Gallery in the Visual Arts Building. On Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., families are invited to bring their children to explore the exhibition space, learn about marine invertebrates and recycling, and participate in making collaborative artwork that will become a part of the exhibit. 
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 28 - Two Tales of Toxicity: Bhopal and Louisville - English Faculty ColloquiumJoin UI Professor Barbara Eckstein who will be presenting new research from her current book project at the Iowa City Public Library at 3:30 PM on Wednesday March 28. 
March 30 - "The Story of the Human and Cultural Heritage Story of Climate Changepublic lecture by Dr. Marcy Rockman, archeologist and coordinator of the Climate Change Response Program for the National Park System. Marcy Rockman | Climate Change Adaption coordinator for Cultural Resources, National Park Services Friday, March 30 2:30 pm 40 Schaeffer Hall