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UNI Entrepreneurs helping local coffee company go green

January 11, 2011

Adam O'Leary, UNI student and president of UNI Entrepreneurs,

Laurie Watje, student business incubator manager, UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, 319- 273-2020,

Rebecca Schultze, communications and public relations manager, UNI College of Business Administration, 319-273-3309,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A group of entrepreneurial University of Northern Iowa students have received a $1,000 grant from Sam's Club as part of the company's Environmental Sustainability Challenge. The UNI Entrepreneurs Organization, an affiliate of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), will use the grant to help Cottonwood Canyon in Waterloo address environmental issues related to waste, recycling, energy and water.

Changes coming to Cottonwood Canyon include a new outdoor cardboard recycling center, a commercial dishwasher and two new EXLERATOR Hand Dryers. The UNI Entrepreneurs also will help replace Cottonwood Canyon's current "to-go" cups with 100-percent biodegradable coffee cups.

UNI senior economics major and UNI Entrepreneurs President Adam O'Leary and freshman management major Jenna Rockweiler are leading the project.

Those who would like more information about this project or how UNI Entprenereurs can help their business, can contact O'Leary at

UNI Entrepreneurs are supported by the UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. For more information on UNI Entrepreneurs visit

The UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, a division of UNI's Business and Community Services, provides a range of innovative educational programs and support services designed for student entrepreneurs. The center provides expertise in all stages of business planning and development and serves as a vehicle to bring new products and technologies to market. For more information about JPEC at UNI, visit, call 319-273-JPEC (5732) or e-mail