• The Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center

    The Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center

    “Promoting environmental sustainability through Research, Education and Outreach”

 The Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC) is an interdisciplinary research, education and outreach center serving Regent university researchers and students, Iowa citizens, business and industry. Read More
  • Outreach Programs & Activites

    Outreach Programs & Activites

    The RRTTC develops and implements several environmental education outreach programs to serve various focus groups both at the University of Northern Iowa and in the community. Read More
  • Materials Innovation Services

    Materials Innovation Services

    The Materials Innovation Service, located in the Department of Industrial Technology at the University of Northern Iowa, is a joint program between the Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center, and the UNI Metal Casting Center. The UNI Metal Casting Center is a nationally recognized leader in foundry research, applied technology, and technical business assistance. Read More
  • Grants & Publications

    Grants & Publications

    The RRTTC promotes sound environmental research and the establishment of new technologies through its competitive grants program. Read More
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Latest News & Events

Continuing Education Workshop

Teaching A to Z Through a Garden

This class will prepare teachers to work with students in a school garden setting regardless of gardening knowledge or skill. Click here to find out more and to register today! 

2 Great Kid's Camps this summer!

Soil to Supper

Soil to Supper is a two week day camp open to students ages 8-11. Camp will be held at the University of Northern Iowa MWF, June 18-29 at Creekside Harmony Educational Garden. Participants will enjoy six days of learning how science, math, health, and nutrition all play a vital role in growing a garden and a healthy body. Students will explore botany, arts and crafts, world cultures, entomology, microbiology, writing, and cooking while actively gardening throughout the two weeks. Click here to learn more and to register! 

Growing Young Gardeners 

Growing Young Gardeners is a week long day camp open to students ages 5-8. Camp will be held at the University of Northern Iowa July 9-11 from 9-11:30. Campers will engage in arts, crafts, and games while doing hands on gardening activities. Participants will also learn how science, math, and nutrition all play a vital role in growing a garden and a healthy body. To learn more and to register, click here



Partnership Opportunity

Have an idea for a sustainable initiative or project? Want to partner with the RRTTC? Click here for more information. 

RA Programs

Sign up for an RA Program with the RRTTC! We offer an opportunity for Resident Assistants and their houses to learn more about sustainability practices on campus and how students can be involved. We can also do an interactive activity for residents including DIY crafts! Photos from previous events can be found here. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss a program with our staff and click here for a complete list of activities for the RA program.

Pieer 2017 UNI Day at the Capital

UNI Day at the Capital

Iowa Capitol Building

Monday, February, 13th, 2017

11:00a.m. -2  p.m.

PIEER traveled to the Iowa capitol building in Des Moines Iowa on Monday, February 13th, along with many other University of Northern Iowa organizations to promote and share our role and activity on campus. Members who attended the event included, Leslie Fink, Julie Grunkee, Tyler Dursky, and Amanda Hunt. The event provided the opportunity for PIEER members to speak directly with state legislators, UNI alumni, prospective students, and tourists of the capitol building. Information PIEER promoted and displayed included Pollinators and Water Quality, current social justice issues, information about food forests, current plants to create a food forest on campus, key ideas of the book Abundance, and how we benefit campus and our members.

An estimated 20-30 people stopped by PIEER’s table during the event. Julie Grunkee briefly spoke with 3 legislators including Pat Grassley, and two other state representatives about current issues PIEER is involved with. Tyler spoke briefly with Tod Bowman, a state representative from Jackson County, and shared information about PIEER’s role at UNI. Various UNI alumni and UNI faculty also stopped by PIEER’s table, and initiated good conversation about the UNI community and creating potential partnerships. The Industrial Tech Center was especially interested with partnering with PIEER in the future.

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