Playful “professor” has the answers to UI energy questions


A footbridge across the Iowa River in Iowa City. (Adrianne Behning/Flickr)
A footbridge across the Iowa River in Iowa City. (Adrianne Behning/Flickr)

University of Iowa students, faculty and alumni have many questions about energy use at the UI and across the state, and a fictional professor may have the answers.

“Professor KW Therm,” an entertaining informational character played by faculty member Doug Litwiller, will give a presentation on “all things energy” Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the UI Museum on Natural History. Litwiller, associate director of energy conservation for UI Facilities Management, will talk in layman’s terms about the UI’s energy use, and how to reduce household carbon footprints. He will answer questions specific to the University, like how much energy it uses and how much it costs, and basic questions about energy terminology.

Litwiller’s presentation reflects efforts by the University of Iowa to reach net-negative energy growth by 2020. The plan, announced by UI President Sally Mason in 2010, aims to reach this goal in part by increasing “student opportunities to learn and practice principles of sustainability.”

The presentation by “Professor Therm” is open to anyone in the community. Attendees are encouraged to bring their utility bills so Litwiller can explain what their energy costs mean.

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