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Event Recap – Iowa’s Drinking Water: Could Flint Happen Here?

Recap of a symposium co-hosted by the University of Iowa Public Policy Center and the University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines on June 17, 2016.

Produced by Nick Fetty.

Iowa Watershed Approach Kickoff Meetings 2016: Coralville

The University of Iowa’s IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering hosted a series of Iowa Watershed Approach (IWA) kickoff meetings during May and June 2016. IIHR Director Larry Weber discusses his center’s effort during the meeting in Coralville.

Produced by Nick Fetty.

Preview – Iowa’s Drinking Water: Could Flint Happen Here?

University of Iowa Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, David Cwiertny, discusses upcoming Des Moines water quality event.

Produced by Jenna Ladd.

Clear Creek Watershed Research & Conservation Efforts: Rai Tokuhisa

University of Iowa graduate student Rai Tokuhisa discusses her involvement in the Coral Ridge Avenue Stormwater Project which falls within the Clear Creek Watershed. Clear Creek is one of three watersheds studied within the Intensively Managed Landscapes – Critical Zone Observatory.

Produced by Nick Fetty.

Clear Creek Watershed Bus Tour

A bus tour of the Clear Creek Watershed, one of the three watersheds in the Intensively Managed Landscapes region of the Critical Zone Observatory.

Produced by Nick Fetty.

Mayor Jim Throgmorton Discusses Regenerative City Day in Iowa City

Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton discusses a recent proclamation by the Iowa City Council to make May 3rd Regenerative City Day.

Produced by Nick Fetty.

Rep. Dave Loebsack Introduces The National Flood Research and Education Act

Iowa congressman Dave Loebsack introduced his proposal for a National Flood Center during a press release at the University of Iowa’s Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory on June 6, 2016.

Produced by Nick Fetty and Jenna Ladd.

IAWEA Small Communities Committee Meeting – May 19, 2016

A meeting for the Iowa Water Environment Association’s (IAWEA) Small Community Committee hosted at the University of Iowa on May 19, 2016.

Produced by Nick Fetty.

“Moving Ahead from the Paris Climate Talks”
A presentation by Dr. Jerry Schnoor

University of Iowa civil and environmental engineering professor Jerry Schnoor presents on the Paris climate conference and its aftermath during an event for the Iowa United Nations Association at the Cedar Rapids Public Library on May 14, 2016.

Produced by Nick Fetty.

Iowa City News Conference for “Kids on the Frontline,” a report by the Pesticide Action Network

Iowa City news conference and panel discussion about the recently released “Kids on the Frontline” report by the Pesticide Action Network of North America.

Produced by Nick Fetty.

Rain Gauge Maintenance Tutorial

A instructional video for cleaning and basic maintenance of the rain gauges deployed by the Iowa Flood Center.

Produced by KC McGinnis.

The Paris Climate Summit: What Happened and What It Means for Iowa

University of Iowa graduate students Andrea Cohen and Nick Fetty share their experiences at COP21 and also discuss Iowa’s role in climate change. Event was hosted by the Iowa UNA at the Cedar Falls Public Library on Feb. 15, 2016.

Produced by Nick Fetty.

Iowa Water Environment Association Meeting

A short video package about the Iowa Water Environment Association’s Small Community Committee which is an effort by CGRER members and other researchers to make water clean-up and infrasturure more affordable for small communities with limited resources.

Produced by KC McGinnis.

Iowa at COP21

Nightly news recaps from CGRER’s coverage of COP21 in Paris during December 2015.

Produced by Nick Fetty and KC McGinnis.

CGRER 25th Anniversary Reception

Video from CGRER’s 25th anniversary celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union on October 16, 2015.

Produced by Nick Fetty.

CZO-IML Investigator Profiles

Part of a series of videos featuring researchers from the Critical Zone Observatory – Intensively Managed Landscapes project which brings together scientists and engineers from various disciplines to examine the impact agriculture has had on the Midwest. CZO is part of a nationwide project funded by the National Science Foundation. The IML project consists of researchers mostly from Big Ten universities and some of whom are CGRER members.

Produced by Nick Fetty.

Soil Mate: It Takes a Teacher

The videos examines the influence that Iowa City soil expert Scott Koepke has had on young people in trying to get them to embrace composting, proper organic gardening techniques, and maintaining healthy soil.

Produced by Nick Fetty for the University of Iowa Climate Narrative Project.

Iowa Water Quality Information System (IWQIS) Video Tutorial

Video tutorial for the Iowa Water Quality Information System (IWQIS).

Produced by Nick Fetty and KC McGinnis.

Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) Video Tutorial

Video tutorial for the Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS).

Produced by Nick Fetty and KC McGinnis.

Iowa Hydrologic Network Documentary

A documentary about the effort by the Iowa Flood Center and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to install more than 200 stream-stage censors across the state. Readings from the censors are available on the Iowa Flood Information System which is accessible to farmers, watershed mangers, landowners, and anyone else who wants information about stream levels, flood inundation maps, and other features.

Produced by Nick Fetty, KC McGinnis, and Sarah Steussy of the Iowa Flood Center.

Re-imagining the Alberta Tar Sands: Renewable Energy in Iowa

CGRER’s Jerry Schnoor and Joe Bolkcom, along with University of Iowa Power Plant Manager Ben Anderson, discuss efforts on the University of Iowa campus and other places around Iowa to embrace renewable energy.

Produced by Nick Fetty.

CGRER Research Focus

Video features about research by University of Iowa professors and students.

Produced by Joe Bolkcom, Joshua Quinnett, and Michael Gallagher.

Dr. Jerry Schnoor: The case against coal

In this video, Dr. Jerry Schnoor argues that Iowa can no longer afford to build new coal-fired power plants.

Schnoor is a professor of civil & environmental engineering at the University of Iowa. He also chairs the Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council and co-directs the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Produced by Ben Hill of the University of Iowa Center for Media Production.

Lou Licht and his earth-cleaning poplars


Lou Licht was once a polluter — aiding and abetting chemical companies that spewed toxins into the air and water.

But today he could hardly be greener.

With a quick-growing, toxic-zapping tree and a patented technique, Licht cleans up the types of messes he once created. His professional and environmental interests are wrapped up in trees, and he hopes to apply his work in Iowa.

Video republished with permission from IowaWatch.org.

Sustainable Future: Dr. Jerry Schnoor on climate change

Dr. Jerry Schnoor discusses the realities of climate change on February 15, 2008 at a symposium on climate change and human rights at the University of Iowa.

Schnoor is a professor of civil & environmental engineering at the University of Iowa. He also chairs the Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council and co-directs the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Produced by Soheil Rezayazdi.

Iowa Wind Power: The Case for Environmental Mandates

David Osterberg boasts quite the resumé: he’s an associate professor at the University of Iowa, he served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1983-1994, he’s an advisory board member for the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER), and he’s the founder and executive director of the Iowa Policy Project (IPP).

In this documentary short, Osterberg explains how and why Iowa has emerged as one of the nation’s green energy capitals. At the end of 2007, Iowa laid claim to over 1,100 wind turbines, producing more wind energy than any other state per capita. Osterberg explains this with one key concept: Policy.

Also witness a dedication ceremony for Acciona Energy’s first wind turbine manufacturing plant in the United States, located in West Branch, Iowa. The event’s guest list includes Iowa Governor Chet Culver and University of Iowa President Sally Mason.

Produced by Soheil Rezayazdi.

Re-shaping the Global Warming Debate: Black Carbon

In March 2008, University of Iowa professor Greg Carmichael published new findings revealing a striking connection between soot (aka “black carbon”) and global warming.

The research was published in the journal Nature Geoscience with co-author V. Ramanathan.

Within days, publications worldwide picked up on the development, hailing Carmichael’s work as a major addition to the climate change dialogue.

In this video, watch Carmichael discuss why black carbon is “the second most important greenhouse gas” at a symposium on climate change and human rights.

How to address sustainability

Dr. Jerry Schnoor argues for an interdisciplinary approach to tackling sustainability.

Produced by Ben Hill of the University of Iowa Center for Media Production.

Should we tax un-sustainability?

Dr. Jerry Schnoor on  shifting national tax away from income and toward unsustainable behavior.

Produced by Ben Hill of the University of Iowa Center for Media Production.

Dr. Jerry Schnoor discusses Copenhagen Climate Talks

Dr. Jerry Schnoor, co-founder of Iowa’s Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) discusses COP15, the 2009 climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. CGRER funded three University of Iowa students to attend.

Produced by Jim Malewitz

Environmental Research for Iowa & the World

The Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) is a state-funded institute devoted to studying and bettering our environment.

The Center promotes interdisciplinary research on the many aspects of global environmental change. Areas of focus include regional effects on natural ecosystems, environments, and resources, and effects on human health, culture, and social systems.

To accomplish its missions, CGRER awards seed grants, fosters interdisciplinary courses, provides state-of-the-art research facilities, and holds seminars and symposia.

Produced by UI Media Productions.

CGRER’s contributions to flood research

In 2008, Iowa was devastated by the worst flooding event in state history.

Within weeks, the University of Iowa’s Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) began conducting experiments to better understand and predict future flood events.

To date, the National Science Foundation has awarded eight flood-related grants to CGRER members.

Produced by Soheil Rezayazdi with help from the University of Iowa Center for Media Production.

Connie Mutel discusses “A Watershed Year: Anatomy of the Iowa Floods of 2008”


Connie Mutel, editor of “A Watershed Year: Anatomy of the Iowa Floods of 2008,” discusses the book and the impact of the 2008 floods.

How much “trash” is recyclable?

A group of University of Iowa volunteers gathered on November 15, 2007, to sift through trash collected from the previous day. Their goal? To see how much of this “trash” is really trash. Watch volunteers get their hands dirty to divert Dasani bottles, Rockstar cans, and reams of paper from the Iowa City Landfill.

University of Iowa professor Jerry Schnoor, co-founder of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER), incorporated the “waste sort” project into his popular, hands-on Sustainable Systems course in the Spring 2008 semester.

Columbus Junction students learn about PCBs

Middle school students from Columbus Junction, Iowa, learn about PCBs at The University of Iowa, as a part of the Iowa Superfund Basic Research Program (ISBRP).

The ISBRP is a multidisciplinary project to investigate PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls) in America.

Produced by Soheil Rezayazdi.

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