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Student Organizations and Activities

Engineers for a Sustainable World
Engineers without Borders

At the University of Iowa, College of Engineering, there are student chapters for Engineers for a  Temp Photo Sustainable World (UI ESW) & Engineers WithoutBorders (UI EWB).  Our rich country focused sustainability efforts on the University of Iowa Campus, in the Iowa City area, in the State and in the Nation are administered through UI ESW.  Our poor country focused, international, sustainable development efforts are administered through UI EWB.  The fundamentals of sound engineering practice, community partnering, social justice, appropriate technology, environmental sustainability and education are nurtured and practiced by both organizations making a shared leadership structure advantageous. In Spring 2008, a team of 15 students from the College of Engineering chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) won first place in the Environmental Protection Agency's fourth annual People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3 Awards) competition.

International Perspectives: Xicotepec

A partnership between Iowans and residents of Xicotepec, Mexico, that has grown in recent years Temp Photo that has profoundly enriched the lives of both. Concerned about poor water quality and the high incidence of intestinal parasites among local children, members of Rotary District 6000 and students and faculty from the UI College of Engineering started designing and installing water treatment equipment at six of the local schools.  Today, it has evolved into a course, titled International Persepectives: Xicotepec. To read the complete Spectator feature, go to


Solar Bike Team

A team of University of Iowa College of Engineering students achieved the fastest lap time at  Temp Photo the 2008 Solar BikeRayce USA held in Topeka, KS. The UI engineering students also achieved a second-place finish in their class and a third-place finish overall. Thirty-two teams competed in the competition. Also, the team competed in American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Human Powered Vehicle Challenge that year and achieved the second-fastest men's time and third-fastest women's time in the sprint, and placed third overall in the endurance race against 44 other college teams.

Degrees of Green Master's Media Project

The UI Master's Media Projectprepares students for careers in the media industry by acting as the Temp Photo petri dish for a semester-long Journalism experiment. Degrees of Green explores the state of the environment in Iowa in 2008.


UI Student Vegetable Garden

Millions of people across the world are working hard to protect the environment and its people by Temp Photo “going green,” and groups across the University of Iowa campus are doing their part in the green movement. One particular group of students—in collaboration with IMU Food Services, the Office of Sustainability, Facilities Management, and the UI Environmental Coalition—tend to vegetables grown in a large garden on the west UI campus and delivered to the University for ingredients in meals.

The garden opened last April in an effort to encourage people to find out where the food they eat comes from and to give students a chance to garden or work towards the University’s new Certificate of Sustainability. The one-third-acre garden is located on Hawkeye Park Road in Iowa City near the Hawkeye Recreation and Tennis Complex and the Hawkeye Drive apartment complex.

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