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The Grainger Foundation establishes the Iowa Green School Initiative at UNI

September 2, 2011

Kamyar Enshayan, director, Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE), UNI, 319-273-7575,

Kelsey O'Kane, communications specialist, Grainger Foundation

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Stacey Christensen, University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Grainger Foundation has donated $5,000 to the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Foundation to help establish the Iowa Green School Initiative. 

The Iowa Green School Initiative, offered through UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), will combine the various programs currently offered by UNI into one cohesive set of educational services. Through the program, school administrators will learn how green facilities function and how to teach students techniques that reduce their own energy footprints. 

"The Iowa Green School Initiative program will eventually serve the entire state, but will pilot with four school districts this fall in collaboration with the Area Education Agency 267, a local education agency, in northeast Iowa," said Kamyar Enshayan, director, CEEE.  "This program will allow us to consult with schools, local governments, businesses, and other organizations on planning for energy conservation and efficiency, local foods planning, and community environmental health.  We are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity."

Tim Cuvelier, service center manager, of the W.W. Grainger, Inc., Waterloo location recommended the donation. "We are proud to support the program offered by UNI and the CEEE," said Cuvelier.  "We understand their commitment to improve and enhance environmental education in our area and are excited to be a part of providing this opportunity to students who will be able to learn lifelong habits in smart energy use and waste reduction."

The Grainger gift is part of UNI's Imagine the Impact campaign, which supports scholarships and programs. For more information about the campaign, visit