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Quad-City Times article

Green Valley Biodiversity Day

In partnership with the City of Moline and River Action, the UMC sponsored a biodiversity blitz at the 350-plus acres at Green Valley Preserve in southeast Moline on Aug. 31, 2013. The Green Valley Preserve encompasses important urban wetland, grassland, and forest habitats along the Rock River.

A total of 429 species — plants, insects, birds, amphibians, mammals, reptiles and worms – were found during Biodiversity Day. During the event, members of the public spent the day working alongside scientific experts to identify all of the site’s living things. With nets and clipboards in tow, members of the public found and identified 189 plant, 123 insect, 97 bird, eight mammal, six amphibian, four reptile and even two worm species.

More than 20 Augustana students and faculty participated in the day’s activities.

Read the final report from the first Biodiversity Day.

Jan. 20, 2015 — Symposium Day

A transformative role for Augustana-helping communities solve the environmental, social, and economic sustainability challenges facing urban and rural working landscapes

Upper Mississippi Center director Michael Reisner led a panel discussion with directors of two similar centers in Oregon and Minnesota.

Symposium Day video

Bob Choquette is the program manager for the Sustainable City Year Program, a part of the Sustainable Cities Initiative at the University of Oregon, where he supports and facilitates the work of 20-30 faculty and 400-plus students as they interact with SCYP’s partner city for an academic year. Choquette also teaches classes in grant writing, project management, strategic planning and nonprofit management in the university’s Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management.

Jason E. Maher is the program director for CityLabs at the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities, which is a consortium of five private, liberal arts colleges and universities (Augsburg College, Hamline University, Macalester College, St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas). CityLabs is an initiative that partners ACTC’s member institutions with cities in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area to advance the sustainability and resilience of the region. Maher has worked in higher education since 2001, specializing in the areas of new program development, project management, and student services.

SWLI and Clinton, Iowa Fall 2015 Kickoff Event

September 9th, 2015

SWLI Tshirt Design
Students listening to opening speeches at the kickoff event
Students gather at the event

During the kickoff in Clinton, Iowa, presentations by Clinton's City Administrator Jessica Kinser, Mayor Vulich, and Augustana's Kai Swansan started the day. Each class involved with the Clinton initiative was involved and began their research for the term.

Students were able to talk to the city about the backbones of their research. This rallied excitement in both the college and Clinton's community for the initiative and gave students a great start to their community projects. See the Clinton Partnership page for more details. 

News story from the Clinton Herald.

SWLI and Clinton, Celebration of Learning at Augustana College

May 4th, 2016

Students present their findings to Clinton representatives during the Celebration of Learning event on Augustana's campus. Eight different presentations for Cinton were set up in the Gerber Center on campus:

Student Symposium Presentation
Cartography presentation 

Clinton Corn Strike Documentaries

Alternative Stormwater Management and Policies

Recreation Use in Clinton, Iowa

Fear for Crime

Mapping City Data

City of Clinton Recreation Department Revenue and Expense Analysis

Urban Forest Management Plan

Stormwater Inflow Study

All of the students presenting were involved with the research done by a class or as their senior project. These presentations helped students with their public speaking skills and allowed Clinton to better understand the findings of the projects from students who participated.

SWLI and Scott County Health Department, Kickoff Party 2016

August 31st, 2016

Group Breakout Session

Environmental Health Specialist, Tim Dougherty, 
speaking to sociology students.

For this year's kickoff party held at the Col Ballroom in Davenport, Iowa, students and representatives from the Scott County Health Department heard Dean of Students Pareena Lawrence, President of Augustana College Steve Bahls, Executive Director of SCHD Ed Rivers, and Dr. Michael Reisner and Tanner Osing from SWLI give presentations about the foundation of the partnership to Live. Lead. Free. 

After the presentaions, breakout sessions occured. In these class sessions, students had the chance to meet community partners and discuss next steps for their research projects.

Check out the media coverage from this event:

WVIK     WQAD     WHBF     KWQC webstory

KWQC video     Q-C Times     Dispatch/Argus