Panther Initiative for Environmental Equity and Resilience (PIEER)

PIEER creates a partnership between UNI students, sustainability faculty, and the Recycling Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC) to deliver educational and engagement projects in the areas of environmental equity issues (justice and diversity) and environmental resiliency (sustainability). Current interns include Wynton Karanja, Zahra Al khidhr, Fatimah Al khidhr, Ali Al Qismah, Jassim Alkhudhar, Tyler Dursky, and Juan Hernandez. 

PIEER will work with schools, UNI centers, and community organizations to provide educational awareness activities that can bring about new insights and understandings of environmental equity and resilience issues. The overall goal is to increase awareness about issues between rural and urban Iowans that will encourage engaged populations to consider positive changes. 

Topics may include lead, radon, arsenic, or other little known environmental hazards in the home or community. PIEER interns are working on their own cultural competency through attending National Coalition Building Workshops and a guided book reading.  PIEER will also focus on lack of access to healthier food choices, community gardens, gathering unused seasonal fruits and vegetables for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, and making these changes sustainable to benefit future generations.

To request help with educational programming or suggest an initiative, please contact Zahra Al khidhr at alkhidhzThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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UNI Up Close

PIEER at UNI Up Close


UNI Day at the Capitol

PIEER at the CapitalPIEER at the Capital

 Write Up: UNI Day at the Capital


Connect and Engage Fair


 Write Up: 2017 Connect and Engage Fair


Food and Film Festival

Vanishing of the BeesPIEER Table


Food, Faith, and Climate: Connecting the Dots

Write Up: Food Faith and Climate


Article Links

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