Ken Basom: Associate Professor, Political Science
Jeff Beneke: Program Assistant, Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE)
Works with the School Energy Efficiency and Assessment Project. Oversees the CEEE's Energy Monitoring Project and the Iowa Electrathon. Recent experience includes assisting small businesses and industries with waste reduction, solid waste management, recycling, pollution prevention and understanding environmental regulations.
Bart Bergquist: Department Head & Professor, Industrial Technology
Teaches courses in sustainability with topics including environment, technology and society, global climate change, and the natural world. Coordinator and initiator of Wind Energy Applications in Iowa and Solar Energy classes. Has patented the use of fiber reinforced recycled high density polyethylene, disclosure on related plastic matrix and is working on a method to use byproducts of the ethanol industry. Currently collaborating with faculty in Industrial Technology to implement new designs in small wind turbine technology.
Fred Besthorn: Associate Professor, Social Work
Creator of The Global Alliance for a Deep-Ecological Social Work, which unites social workers around the world sharing a commitment to incorporating deep environmental awareness into traditional social work practice. Founder of Earth Consciousness: The Journal of Environmental Social Work and Human Services. His work involves research on the relationship between environmental degradation, sustainability, environmental racism and its social, economic and spiritual impact on disadvantaged and oppressed population.
Edward Brown: Professor, Biology
Applied and environmental microbiology.
Jenny Bruss: Program and Community Outreach Coordinator, Recycling, Reuse & Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC)
Community outreach, recycling and environmental education.
Gale Carlson: Purchasing Coordinator, Food Stores Administration
Locally grown food.
Carol Christopher: Coordinator, Interior Design Services
Interior design for the LEED Silver renovation of Sabin Hall.
Jennifer Wittenburg: Environmental Specialist, Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC)
On-site reviews, air permits and emissions inventory questionnaires for small businesses.
Kavita Dhanwada Associate Professor, Biology
Effects of pesticides on human cells.
Jeffrey Elbert: Associate Professor, Chemistry
Develops renewable soy-based inks.
Kamyar Enshayan: Director, CEEE
Local food economy; energy conservation and renewable energy; environmental conservation; sustainability planning for local governments.
Carol Fletcher: Assistant Director, Residential Dining
Head of the Department of Residence Sustainability Task Force.
Andrea Geary: Program Assistant, CEEE
Program coordinator for Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership.
Brian Gedlinske: Environmental Specialist, IWRC
Provides environmental compliance and technical assistance for Iowa's small businesses regarding: air quality emissions, permitting requirements and emission inventories. Solid and hazardous waste management and regulations; waste reduction, pollution prevention and process efficiency improvement; metal finishing pretreatment; spray finishing operations; storm water permitting and pollution prevention plans; wastewater characterization and reduction.
Kathy Green: Director, University Health Services
Promotes student, faculty and staff behavior change related to environmental aspects of wellness.
Oksana Grybovych: Assistant Professor, Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services; Program Coordinator, STEP
Tourism and community planning, participatory planning techniques, sustainable tourism development and tourism policy.
Chad Heinzel: Assistant Professor, Geology & Science Education
Engaged in an on-going international effort that is investigating Mediterranean indigenous proto-urban settlements during the early Iron Age and their cultural development/transition into the Greek and Phoenician civilizations. Uses a geographic information system to characterize landscape developments, climatic variability and natural resource availability in western Sicily throughout the Holocene Epoch. Data is correlated with archeological data to develop an understanding of human land-use changes, settlement patterns, and cultural identity to further delineate the relationships between indigenous people and their environment.
Kirk Henderson: Program Manager, Tallgrass Prairie Center
UNI Integrated Roadside Vegetation management.
Pat Higby: Energy Education & Outreach Coordinator, CEEE
Developed the Energy Education Program at the CEEE. Member of the Governor's Power Fund Board and also serves as a member of the Due Diligence Committee to select and fund projects to encourage energy efficiency and renewable energy in Iowa. Manages the center's outreach on energy efficiency and renewable energy for K-12 students, educators and the general public.
Lou A.T. Honary: Director, National Ag-Based Lubricants Center
Research, development and commercialization of biobased, biodegradable and renewable lubricants and greases made from vegetable oils (primarily soybean oils). Biobased products and biofuels testing.
Greg Houseal: Program Manager, Tallgrass Prairie Center
Develops and administers workshops on native seeding identification, propagation, seed cleaning and harvesting. Collects and increases Iowa sources of native seed as foundation seed stock for commercial producers of native seed.
Laura Jackson: Professor, Biology
Dynamics of prairie forb establishment and biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes.
Thomas Keefe: Department Head & Professor, Social Work
Tim Kidd: Assistant Professor, Physics
Developing high-efficiency solar cells using nanotechnology and synthesizing novel materials for use in energy and/or hydrogen storage application.
Sam Lankford: Professor, LYHS; Director, STEP
Sustainable tourism and recreation development.
Mary Losch: Assistant Director & Professor, Center for Social & Behavioral Research
Development and administration of an Iowa statewide survey of energy attitudes and behaviors.
Bill McKinley: Assistant Director, Facilities/Campus Services
Vehicle motor pool, building services and refuse/recycling practices at UNI.
Paul Meyermann: Assistant Director of Operations Planning, Facilities Services/Landscape Architecture
Daniel Nickey: Program Manager, IWRC
Iowa Air Emissions Assistance Program, air emission regulations and state and federal air permit regulations.
Jim Olson: Associate Director, IWRC
Environmental compliance and regulations.
George Pavelonis: Coordinator, Interior Design Services and Facilities Planning
Office furniture reuse project.
Reg Pecen: Associate Professor, Industrial Technology
Renewable energy applications including wind, solar and hydrogen fuel cell power systems and their integration to U.S. power grid.
Carol Petersen: Director, Dining Services
Tray-free dining and refillable water bottle/mug program.
Wendel Reece: University Safety Manager, Environmental Health & Safety
Jeffrey Rose: Program Coordinator, RRTTC
Composites, recycled materials and biomaterials. Program coordinator for Materials Innovation Service (MIS), an outreach program that assists Iowa businesses and industries in developing products that use recycled materials and help them refine their manufacturing processes to reduce wastes going to the landfill.
Susan Salterberg: Program Manager, CEEE
Waste reduction and waste issues; teacher training and environmental education programs.
Kathy Scholl: Project Coordinator, Recreation Research & Service
Has conducted evaluation studies on accessibility in outdoor environments for national organizations such as the National Center on Accessibility and Wilderness Inquiry. In the Cedar Valley, has assisted the Black Hawk Soil and Water Conservation District, Meadows Neighborhood Association and the Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau. After assisting in the development of an interpretive nature trail for the UNI Preserves committee, is currently directing the development of an interpretive nature trail for the UNI Museum and Tallgrass Prairie Center.
Dean Shoars: Director, Physical Plant Administration
Operation and maintenance for UNI facilities and projects pertaining to sustainability.
Daryl Smith: Director & Professor, Tallgrass Prairie Center
Created the Prairie Power Project, an applied research project that works to determine the most energy-efficient sustainable mixture of prairie vegetation for burning for electrical production. The project also involves determining the best harvesting frequency and pattern for maintaining wildlife habitat. Created and implemented the Iowa Ecotype Project.
Jerry Soneson: Department Head & Associate Professor, Philosophy & World Religion
Bill Stigliani: Professor, CEEE
Environmental and sustainability science; Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council; air quality; environmental health. Currently focuses on developing curricula and teaching courses in sustainability with topics including the social and economic dimensions of sustainability, technology and eco-efficiency, natural capital and ecosystem services.
John Streicher: Senior Facilities Eengineer, Facilities Services
Engineered system design and energy consumption.
Jim Walters: Department Head & Professor, Earth Sciences
Examines frozen ground and frost-action processes and features produced through intensive freeze-thaw activity, both present day and relict. Investigates permanently frozen ground (permafrost) distribution and characteristics in arctic and subarctic environments and how these environments are changing with global warming.
Ryan Welch: Outreach Coordinator, Tallgrass Prairie Center
Tallgrass Prairie Center research.
Dave Williams: Special Projects Coordinator, Tallgrass Prairie Center
Prairie Institute Program manager; prairie reconstruction and restoration, prescribed burning, native plant propagation and native seeding.
Carole Shelley Yates: Communication & Grants Coordinator, CEEE
Coordinates UNI Student Energy!, a project that works with students in residence halls to help them understand why and how to reduce their energy use.
Jack Yates: Professor, Psychology
UNI Energy!;applies cognitive and social psychological principles to encourage behavior change, especially in the areas of energy use and other environmental issues.
Catherine Zeman: Associate Professor, RRTTC and Environmental Health
Sustainable manufacturing; recycling; environmental public health.