Community engagement is a strategic priority of the University of Northern Iowa. Good Neighbor Iowa is a statewide initiative of the UNI Conservation Corps and members of the University of Northern Iowa’s Spring 2017 Interactive Digital Studies Practicum.

UNI Conservation Corps

Center for Energy & Environmental Education at
University of Northern Iowa

UNI Conservation Corps consists of teams of students and faculty working with community leaders to research, analyze, plan, design and implement science-driven knowledge in the context of community environmental conservation in Iowa.

UNI Conservation Corps has two broad goals:

  • Elevate the role of science and it’s public value in the educational experience of UNI students.
  • Cultivate and support a culture of acting on what we already know through science.

The Center for Energy & Environmental Education at UNI strives to empower Iowans with the knowledge, experiences, tools, and inspiration to create a sustainable, desirable future.  The CEEE works with community leaders across Iowa on energy conservation & renewable energy education, strengthening the local food economy, and involving UNI students in community environmental conservation.

Major funding provided by:

Ceres Trust

Ceres Trust

Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust

Roy J Carver Charitable Trust

Our endorsements and partners:


Iowa Public Health Association
Black Hawk County Board of Health
Iowa Organic Association
Iowa River Revival

Partner Organizations:

Tallgrass Prairie Center
Beyond Pesticides
Midwest Pesticide Action Center
Pesticide Action Network of North America
Backyard Abundance
New Pioneer Food Co-op
Living Lands and Waters
City of Dubuque
Plant. Grow. Fly. – Blank Park Zoo

For more information, contact:

goodneighbor@uni.edu / (319) 273-7150

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Good Neighbor Iowa Program Manager:

Audrey E. Tran Lam

audrey.tranlam@uni.edu / (319) 273-7150


Student Fellows:

Brock Hefel

Abbie Read

Interactive Digital Studies 2017 Practicum Class

In Spring 2017, eighteen students in UNI’s Interactive Digital Studies Practicum class worked with Kamyar Enshayan, the Director of the CEEE, and members of the Conservation Corps, to build the Good Neighbor Iowa campaign.

Progress Photos

  • Good Neighbor group photo