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UNI to host panel discussion on food myths

March 10, 2014

Katherine Cota-Uyar, associate director, UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, 319-273-5732,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Reaching for Higher Ground committee will present the panel discussion "Paper or Plastic & Other Food Myths" from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, in the University Room of Maucker Union. The event is free and open to the public.

Panelists will discuss common myths related to food, food packaging, food containers and carriers. They will also discuss what companies and consumers can do to be more sustainable as well as how to reduce, reuse and recycle. Panelists include Mike Smith, assistant vice president of real estate and sustainability for Hy-Vee; Bill Snitker, non-foods category manager for Hockenberg Newburgh; Catherine Zeman, director of UNI's Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center; Carol Petersen, director of UNI Dining Services; and Joe Bolick, process research, reduction and education specialist for the Iowa Waste Reduction Center. Katherine Cota-Uyar, associate director of UNI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, will moderate the panel. Eric O'Brien, UNI's sustainability coordinator, will also be present to answer questions.

The Reaching for Higher Ground project aims to build a stronger campus community, one more accepting of people of different viewpoints and backgrounds. The 2013-14 Reaching for Higher Ground theme is "Food."

For more information about the panel, contact Cota-Uyar at 319-273-JPEC (5732) or