UNI is leaving a smaller ecological paw print

The University of Northern Iowa has implemented new sustainability efforts over the years to create a responsible environment and leave a smaller ecological footprint. Read more about its efforts at UNI c.a.r.e.

Solar cars.

-UNI’s four electric vehicles save approximately $4,000 each year by replacing diesel- and unleaded-fueled vehicles.

-UNI’s two hybrid vehicles reduce Motor Pool fuel costs by nearly $2,000 each year.

-The recently renovated Sabin Hall is UNI’s first LEED-certified facility on the UNI Campus.

-The new UNI apartment complex currently under construction also has been designed to achieve LEED certification.

-Future campus renovation and construction will
aim to achieve LEED certification, as well.

Sabin Hall.

-Redevelopment of land on UNI’s west campus maximizes the use of university and community resources and features a four-acre pond and trail system.

-Leadership Skills: Students develop an understanding of the practices and techniques used in the safe leadership of groups in an outdoor environment.

-Curriculum: Students use outdoor spaces to learn the  principles and practices of environmental and adventure education for teaching in schools, communities, nature centers, campus and parks.

-Trail and Park Planning: Students assist in designing, planning and managing natural settings for recreation and environmental education.


-Panther Pick Up gives students’ old stuff a new life at the end of each academic year.

-Visit www.uni.edu/pantherpickup for dates, times and locations.

-UNI Dining Services purchases 25 percent, or more than $700,000 worth, of its produce and products from local Iowa vendors, growers and farmers each year.

-980 solar panels produce enough energy to power the entire building, making it a net-zero energy facility.

-All excess energy is utilized by campus.