Environmental Policy
  • Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

    David Cwiertny, director of the Public Policy Center's Environmental Policy Research Program at the University of Iowa, will soon pack his bags and head to Washington, D.C. for the 2016-17 academic year. 

  • Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

    The city of Sioux City, Iowa is closer to installing bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly crosswalks, thanks to a project advised by PPC researcher and Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Scott Spak.

  • Thursday, February 5th, 2015

    A University of Iowa study on the intensity of tornadoes and how it correlates to burning biomass has garnered national attention.

  • Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

    Vanessa Fixmer-Oraiz, a PPC Graduate Research Assistant from the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Iowa, recently rode her bamboo bike (“bambike”) across Iowa in this year’s RAGBRAI to raise money for climate justice in the Philippines.

  • Thursday, July 24th, 2014

    University of Iowa Graduate Student Vanessa Fixmer-Oraiz is making the RAGBRAI trek on a unique set of wheels: a bamboo-frame bicycle that she built herself.

  • Monday, October 28th, 2013

    Over the past few years Iowa has been experiencing swings from one weather extreme to another (severe storms, floods and drought). These extreme fluctuations are expensive and are negatively affecting Iowa agriculture, businesses, government and people.

  • Monday, April 15th, 2013

    Mark Pooley, a research assistant in the environmental policy program, presented at the American Planning Association's National Planning Conference in Chicago on Prioritizing complete streets infrastructure for commuter safety and health: a link-level cost-benefit approach.
  • Friday, February 15th, 2013

    Transportation and Environmental Policy professors mentored urban planning and sustainability graduate students to national recognition with a groundbreaking project focused on sustainability initiatives in Dubuque, Iowa.
  • Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

    Environmental policy researcher Scott Spak continues to collect data and conduct research in hopes of providing the Johnson County Board of Public Health with answers about how to improve the area's air quality for future generations.
  • Thursday, November 15th, 2012

    There is consensus among scientists that global warming is real and due to human acitivity. Some have begun talking about the possibility of counteracting the warming effect of GHG emissions by intentionally altering fundamental planetary processes.

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