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:

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.

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Students at the UNI Up Close event

UNI Day at the Capitol

Students take a Selfie at the PIEER table in the Iowa CapitalBirds Eye view of the PIEER Table at the Iowa Capital

Birds Eye view of all the tables at UNI day at the Capital

UNI Day at the Capital Write Up

Connect and Engage Fair

PIEER Table at the Connect and Engage FairAll tables at the Connect and Engage Fair

2017 Connect and Engage Fair Write Up

Food and Film Festival

Presentation being given at the Food Film FestivalPIEER table at the Food Film Festival

Secondary PIEER table at the Food Film Festival

Food, Faith, and Climate: Connecting the Dots

View of the Food, Faith, and Climate ClassroomInstructor speaking to the class at the Food, Faith, and Climate Classroom

Faculty talking about the Food, Faith, and Climate Event

Food, Faith, and Climate Write Up

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UNI sustainability project looks to have impact in region

UNI Ready Campus fair puts spotlight on disaster preparedness

Lead continues to pose problems, but not from water risks