Sam Knupp, News Reporter
November 9, 2021
The University of Iowa Environmental Coalition held a protest against the UI’s use of pesticides on the pentacrest on Tuesday Nov. 9.
A gathering of between 20 and 30 demonstrators held up signs, gave speeches, and handed out fliers protesting the university’s use of pesticides.
Melanie Comer, an environmental planning major and co-president of the UI Environmental Coalition, said the protest was spurred by a report from the Office of Sustainability and the Environment, along with the Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination about the UI’s use of pesticides. Comer said the UI Environment Coalition had been demanding this report for 30 years, and when it was finally released, it fell short of the mark.