UI Engineers Win DoD Award for Sustainability Work

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

University of Iowa News Release

Jerry Schnoor, Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and two students have won a SERDP/ESTCP Project of the Year award from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) for their work at Eglin Air Force Base, Galveston, Tex., involving phytoremediation, the use of plants to alleviate the effects of pollution.

Schnoor and Travis Anderson, an engineering master's degree candidate, and Matt Flannigan, an undergraduate student in civil and environmental engineering, will be honored at the Dec. 1-3, 2009 Partners in Environmental Technology Technical Symposium & Workshop in Washington, D.C.

SERDP/ESTCP (Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program/Environmental Security Technology Certification Program) is a cooperative program of the DOD, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy. The project was recognized for helping the DOD achieve its mission while improving the environment.

"We are taking the laboratory research into the field at Eglin to demonstrate its effectiveness. It is a green and more sustainable solution for DOD Testing and Training Ranges, to keep them operating sustainably and to avoid their becoming hazardous waste sites," said Schnoor, UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research co-director.