Earth Week Activities Monday, April 16th – Friday, April 20th
Sunday, April 22, 2012 will mark the 41st anniversary of Earth Day and we would like to celebrate our planet with a whole week’s worth of activities. We hope that you will join us in celebrating Earth Week as your participation is key to making this week successful.

E-Waste Collection near State Capitol BuildingCollection Event for eWaste
(Download the eWaste Recycling Event Poster)
West Capitol Terrace, Finkbine and Walnut
Monday, April 16, 7am - 1pm (rain date April 17)

Electronics wanted! An opportunity for state employees to recycle your personal outdated electronics. The following items will be accepted at no charge:

  • batteries
  • battery backups
  • cell phones
  • copiers
  • CPUs
  • DVD players
  • fax machines
  • handheld electronics
  • keyboards
  • laptops
  • main frame
  • mice
  • PDAs
  • phone systems
  • printers
  • routers
  • servers
  • video games

Monitors and televisions will be accepted at a charge. Exact change is appreciated or make checks payable to Midwest Recovery. See the eWaste Recycling Event Poster for pricing.

If you would like more information on how to “wipe” your hard drive clean prior to recycling it:

As an EPA/DNR permitted facility and as a requirement of their permit, Midwest Recovery guarantees that all information contained on the media is destroyed prior to de-manufacturing. Any individual that requires further verification can request a Certificate of Recycling from before or following the event.

Postponement of Ames eWaste Collection Event!
New Date:
Ames area state employees may take their electronic waste to a DOT-sponsored collection event on Tuesday, April 24 from 7 a.m. – noon at the DOT office at 800 Lincoln Way in Ames.

2012 Lunch and Learn
(Download the 2012 Lunch and Learn Composting Worms poster)
Wiggles and Giggles with Composting Worms
Tuesday, April 17, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Wallace Conference Rooms 4E & 4W
Shelene Codner, Area Resource Specialist, will demonstrate how to start your own vermiculture project.
The event is free. Registration not required.

Tour the Green & Main Pilot Project and Learn About Sustainable Renovation
(Download Green & Main Pilot Project poster)
Wednesday, April 18, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
800 19th Street, Des Moines
Registration required. Email

Learn more about the renovation of the historic H & H Grocery Store in the Sherman Hill neighborhood of Des Moines. This renovation—the Green & Main Pilot Project—is remodeling a mixed-use masonry building built in 1933 according to USGBC LEED Platinum certification guidelines, including sustainable improvements in storm water management, energy efficiency, renewable energy and historic preservation.

Green & Main is an initiative focused on the social and environmental transformation of existing buildings and neighborhoods into sustainable communities. Through its renovation and rehabilitation efforts, Green & Main gives new life and purpose to historic buildings and neighborhoods that may otherwise fall into decay or continue to operate with overly-intensive energy use. Green & Main’s use of environmentally conscious designs, and building methods and materials make a long-term, positive impact on our communities and our planet.

Tours will begin at noon and last approximately one hour. Meet in front of the Green & Main Pilot Project building at 800 19th Street in Des Moines. Tours are free, but please register by emailing Marnie Stein at


2012 Iowa Green Scene Eco-Fair (Download the 2012 Iowa Green Scene Eco-Fair poster)
Wallace Building Atrium
Thursday, April 19, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The Iowa DNR Green Team is hosting the 2012 Iowa Green Scene Eco-Fair in the Wallace Building Atrium.  Both government agencies and non-governmental organizations are invited to exhibit their ideas, practices and programs that promote a sustainable Iowa.

11:00 a.m. Rain Barrels by Polk County Conservation
12:30 p.m. Simple Strategies Toward a Sustainable Home by Silent Rivers

The event is free to attend and will be promoted to all state government employees and the public.  No product may be sold at the event. All exhibits are to be informational only. There is no registration fee for the event. However, registrants must provide all materials and supplies for their displays including tables, chairs and power cords.

Registration forms are due by March 30, 2012. Please note that space is limited. Registration forms will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information contact Tiffany Wilson, 515-725-0261,

Sign up to be an exhibitor by choosing the appropriate registration form below:


Earth Day Capitol Complex Clean Up (Download the 2012 Capitol Complex Clean Up poster)
Friday, April 20, noon - 1:00 p.m. (rain date April 23)
It’s Earth Day! Celebrate by getting outside and help cleaning up the Capitol Complex grounds.  Gloves and bagging materials provided.  Please wear appropriate attire, including comfortable footwear, as this project is entirely outdoors.

Where to meet:

Decorah Trout Run Clean-up
Saturday, April 21, 8:00 a.m.
Decorah Fish Hatchery
2325 Siewers Spring Rd, Decorah IA
Volunteers are asked to bring a pair of gloves. There is currently not a rain date.
For more information contact Chris Larson at 563-382-8324, or at

Arbor Day Capitol Tree Planting and Mulching Event (download the Capitol Tree Planting poster)
Friday, April 27, noon to 1 p.m.
RSVP as a single person or as a group to 281-5600 or to
Meet on the east Capitol building steps.

The DNR would like to thank the Department of Administrative Services for their support and assistance with these events.