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Sept. 1, 2011

At A Glance

Recycling pays off at UI Convocation and President's Block Party

Through a dedicated recycling and composting effort at the convocation and president's block party Sunday, Aug. 21, the University of Iowa kept 90 percent of the waste generated at the events from going to the landfill.

Approximately 4,500 incoming first-year students attended convocation on the UI Pentacrest and the president's block party at 102 Church St. Volunteers staffed 45 portable collection bins to help educate students about recycling and to collect compostable food materials, plastics, aluminum, cardboard and redeemable beverage containers. Of the 1,200 pounds of material generated, 562 pounds were composted, and 511 pounds were recycled, leaving only 127 pounds going to the landfill.

Student volunteers from the UI Environmental Coalition, Engineers for a Sustainable World and ECO Hawk led the effort, in coordination with the UI Office of Sustainability and UI Facilities Management, Waste Management, Inc., City Carton Recycling, Johnson County Refuse and Iowa City Landfill and Recycling.

For more information about sustainability at UI, see http://sustainability.uiowa.edu.

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Hancher footbridge to close at noon Sept. 4 for farewell celebration fireworks

The farewell celebration for Hancher Auditorium Sunday, Sept. 4, will include a fireworks show following the free, outdoor performance by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. As a result, the Hancher footbridge will close at noon on the day of the performance.

Those planning to attend the free movement workshop at 5 p.m. and the performance at 7 p.m. should make alternate plans for arriving at the Hancher Green, located along the Iowa River just outside the auditorium. The IMU footbridge will be open.

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