By Lea Hensel, UNI Business and Community Services
With over 350 public organizations spanning a vast array of services, it’s no wonder the Resource Navigator is a top choice for Iowa businesses when they need assistance. For March’s Resource Partner, we thought green - St. Patrick’s Day, spring is coming, Earth Day is around the corner. And one of the resource partners at the University of Northern Iowa fits the green topic very well - the Iowa Waste Reduction Center.
Since 1988, IWRC environmental specialists have been working with Iowa small businesses to ensure they are not only meeting environmental regulations but are keeping their waste to a minimum through waste reduction and pollution prevention tactics. Working throughout many industries, from auto body to manufacturing, the IWRC’s primary service provides assistance at no cost to Iowa businesses with less than 200 employees.
And throughout its almost three decades of existence, the IWRC has continually evolved to meet client needs. From developing an internationally-known virtual reality spray paint training simulator and a spray applicator training program used by the Department of Defense, to staff spending the past few years working throughout Iowa to reduce food waste and developing a new certification program aimed at helping Iowa’s craft breweries improve their environmental sustainability.
IWRC is almost like a jack of all trades when it comes to working with businesses and their environmental needs. Does your business need help understanding environmental regulations? Are there issues in your paint line that need improving? Or maybe you’d simply like to learn about what waste streams could be reduced throughout your facility. Whether you call to speak with one of the environmental specialists or check out their website for expansive regulatory information or to find a vendor, the IWRC has your back and it all centers around environmental sustainability.
To learn more about the IWRC, visit iwrc.uni.edu