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UNI wins $10,000 grant for sustainability program

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The University of Northern Iowa is getting a little greener thanks to a grant awarded by the Pepsi Corporation. 

The grant, which was awarded by Pepsi's Zero Impact Program, has allowed UNI to purchase a fleet of nearly 40 bicycles. However, eight of the bikes are available for short term rentals only.

In the past the university used old, abandoned bikes for students to use. However, these new ones are only a week old and sit just outside the university's library. Students are able to check out the bikes just like they would a book. 

Rob Green, a UNI faculty member says this is a great way for students and other faculty members to be Eco-friendly. Green says, "As we are trying also in the community to limit the amount of places that you have to have a car for, a bike is a great option. Ride share, I know they are doing in downtown Cedar Falls as well, so here at the university we just wanted to add on and have that additional option for students."

Eric O'Brien, UNI's Director of Sustainability says that over the weekend when there was nice weather there was a line to check out the short term bikes. O'Brien says that if the program does well, they would be interested in adding more short term rental bikes. 

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