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. The following is a brief listing of our programs:
UNI Earth Week Celebration Earth Week is a week long, campus-wide event that provides various opportunities for students, faculty, staff and the general to receive education on relevant topics, participate in local clubs and recreation and volunteer in service projects. The goal of the UNI Earth Week Celebration is to improve the local environment and the week culminates with an Earth Day Fair where over 35 booths participate.
Creekside Harmony Garden This teaching garden provides several types of educational and learning activities and welcomes all students of the university and local schools and members of the Cedar Valley Community.
Educational Film Series In conjunction with the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition, this outreach activity screens various films on topics such as sustainability, "green" corporate practices, and highlights environmental themes.
Green: What Does it Mean? Exploring our Sustainable Community This event provides a learning experience that is radically different than the current teaching system has to offer on the diverse topics of Environmental Literacy and Sustainability. Not only does this program provide an opportunity not available in the classroom to learn about how careers, technology, recreation, energy, waste reduction, and conservation tie into the concepts of sustainability, it also equips ninth grade students with a clear and practical application for their own lives. Students and their teachers leave the event with new ideas on how to create a greener community through the education they choose, through their career, their behaviors, purchasing decisions, and the lifestyle choices they adopt.
Get Your Green On This is a K-6 educational program designed to bring environmental awareness and responsibility to students, teacher/staff members, and parents. It incorporates several aspects of learning in order to share the importance of the 3R’s, water quality and conservation, natural resource conservation, landfill education, and energy conservation. This program was implemented at all six elementary schools in Cedar Falls, Iowa during the ’09-’10 school year.