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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 — 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.