University of Northern Iowa


UNI Sustainability Action Committee (SAC)

The University of Northern Iowa has formed the UNI Sustainability Action Committee charged with identifying, considering, and recommending strategies that will enhance environmental awareness and energy conservation efforts on campus. The specific objectives of this committee include:

  • Engage the university community (students, faculty, staff) in identifying ways to reduce energy/energy related costs.
  • Complete an environmental audit of the campus identifying what the university is currently doing and/or can do to reduce energy.
  • Identify best practices in higher education for attaining energy efficiency and sustainable operations.
  • Develop a plan to promote sustainability activities and practices on campus and in partnership with the Cedar Valley community through education, outreach, and publicity.
  • Participate with other Regents' universities in information exchange on ways to move toward an environmentally sustainable future.
  • Identify ways to adopt the ten tenets of the Talloires Declaration, a document that was created in 1990 in Talloires, France to guide each signatory institution around the world to "become a sustainable university."
  • Establish policies and procedures that emphasize resource conservation, and environmentally sound practices.
  • Seek external grants for environmental projects.

Questions or Comments?

Michael Hager - UNI Sustainability Council Chair
Eric O'Brien - UNI Sustainability Action Committee Chair

Committee Membership

Student Body
Corey Cooling Student Body Representative
Paige Leytem Student Body Representative
Tom Madsen Student Body Representative
Kara Poppe Student Body Representative
Academic Affairs
Jennifer Bruss Recycling & Reuse Tech Transfer Center
Gowri Betrabet Gulwadi Applied Human Sciences
Kavita Dhanwada College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences
Kamyar Enshyan Center for Energy & Environmental Education
Chad Heinzel Earth Science
Alicia Rosburg Economics Department
Bart Schmitz Maucker Union
Bill Stigliani CEEE
Student Affairs
Joe Tripp-Rieks Residence Administration
Kathy Green University Health Services
University Advancement
Lindsay Cunningham University Marketing and Public Relations
Administration and Financial Services
Jan Hanish Administration & Finance
Marty Mark Administration & Finance Technology Services
Dean Shoars Environmental Health & Safety
Kelly Stark Facilities Planning
John Streicher Facilities Planning
P&S Council
Matthew Copp Dining Services
Merit Staff
OPEN Operations & Maintenance
Community Members
Pete Olson Cedar Falls Utilities
Bruce Sorensen City of Cedar Falls
Ex Officio
Eric O'Brien Administration & Finance