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Leap and the Net Will Appear

Nearly two millennia ago, Polynesians set off in voyaging canoes on a journey that would lead them to the islands that would become known as Hawai’i. They were not imagining themselves as explorers “discovering” these isolated islands in the Pacific, rather, it was a belief that in making the journey, in setting out for the land, they were bringing the island into being.

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5 Things to Know About Permaculture

Permaculture is a permanent solution to our unsustainable agriculture system and our general way of living. To implement permaculture is to work with ecology in such a way that we leave the Earth more beautiful than when we found it. Read on to learn five things you may not already know about this technique:

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MIU Green Iowa AmeriCorps Team Receives Award for Innovation

We are proud to announce that the MIU Green Iowa AmeriCorps team is the winner of Americorps’ Service Year Alliance Higher Education Award for Innovative Campus-Corps Partnership!

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$10,000 Grant Brings Total New Trees to Approximately 240 on Maharishi U Campus

Some 100 additional trees were recently planted by volunteers on the campus of Maharishi International University, thanks to a $10,000 grant from Alliant Energy. This is the third such grant from Alliant, bringing the total to approximately 240 new trees in the past two years.

In addition, wide-ranging plans for a more park-like campus landscape include cleaning up the creek area and planting fruit and nut trees.

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MIU’s Sustainable Living Center Recognized for Energy Efficiency

Maharishi International University’s Schwartz-Guich Sustainable Living Center has caught the attention of Getting to Net Zero, an organization that keeps track of ultra-efficient buildings and their energy usage.

According to their calculations, the Sustainable Living Center’s net Energy Use Intensity (EUI) was -0.5 in 2015, indicating that the building produced 5 percent more energy than it used.

Getting to Net Zero said that the Center is among the highest-performing buildings they had encountered, especially given Iowa’s harsh climate.

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Infosys Founder Offers Scholarships for Ag Students

Mr. S.D. Shibulal, a cofounder of technology giant Infosys, and Mrs. Kumari Shibulal received a Maharishi Award at the 2016 Fall Celebration, at which time they announced that their foundation would be providing scholarships totaling $100,000 for students from India who enroll in the new Regenerative Organic Agriculture Program that will begin in January.

Infosys is a global leader in technology services and consulting, with clients in more than 50 countries.

The Shibulals were honored with an award for their charitable work, which includes organizing social programs for the underprivileged...

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Heads of Biodynamic Ag Associations Speak to Students

Robert Karp, co-director of the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association, and Jim Fullmer, co-director of the Demeter Association, both recently spoke to students in a course on biodynamic agriculture.

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Teaching Living Soils Course is a Dream Come True for Alumna Molly Haviland

Molly Haviland, an MIU Sustainable Living alumna, will be teaching the upcoming Living Soils course this June. Joining her in the class will be David Fisher, PhD and SL Department Head, Loida Vasquez, an MIU alumna and graduate of the Dr. Elaine Ingham method course and Ben Ice, Owner of Ice’s Soil Regeneration in Otsego, MN.

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Faculty Present at Harvard on Sustainable Agriculture

MIU faculty recently had the opportunity to present a more profound view of agriculture at a conference on “The Spirit of Sustainable Agriculture” hosted by Harvard Divinity School.

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Volunteers Invited to Help Plant 100 Trees

Thanks to a $10,000 grant from Alliant Energy, MIU will be planting about 100 trees on campus this month, with volunteers invited to help with the planting on Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24.

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