The University of Iowa

Environmental Compliance

The University of Iowa officially transferred management of its utility system to ENGIE North America on March 11, 2020. The 50-year partnership with ENGIE and Meridiam will help fund and support the University's strategic plan and core missions of teaching, research, and scholarship. More information is available here. Updates to staff directories and web pages are underway.

About Us

Environmental compliance within Facilities Management is conducted in the Design & Construction and Utilities units to assure environmental compliance during the design, construction, and lifetime of facilities on the UI campus.
Design & Construction Environmental Services ensures that the University of Iowa is in compliance with all local, state, and federal environmental laws and regulations during and after any construction process on UI property.
The Environmental Compliance team within UI Utilities provides permitting and compliance services to help the campus meet a range of regulatory requirements.  Compliance services are provided in areas such as Air Quality, Spill Prevention, Water Quality, Underground Storage Tanks, Greenhouse Gas Reporting, Refrigerant Management, Storm Water Management, Contaminated Sites, and Flood-Plain coordination.              

What We Do

Construction of any new source, or modification of an existing source of air pollution on campus must be evaluated and proper actions taken to meet regulatory requirements. All sources are then tracked for continued compliance and reported to regulatory agencies as required.

For questions about air quality environmental compliance, contact Ben Fish or Prasanna Kumar.

Enforcement of Clean Air Act regulations which govern renovation or demolition activities which could disturb asbestos containing building materials.  Duties include:  Sampling/Asbestos Surveys, Remediation Oversight, Training, Recordkeeping & Outreach.

For questions about asbestos environmental compliance, contact Steve Henneberry or Darice K. Baxter, CISEC.

Construction located in flood plain areas may require building permits or special clearance from governmental agencies.  The owner's representative will coordinate obtaining the permit or designate the person responsible for doing so.

For questions about flood plain environmental compliance, contact Ben Fish.

Utilities Environmental Compliance Team completes required annual reports that summarize total greenhouse gas emissions from campus activities. The report is filed with EPA in accordance with requirements of 40 CFR Part 98.

For questions about greenhouse gas environmental compliance, contact Ben Fish or Prasanna Kumar.

First Stage Investigation of Indoor Air Quality complaints, including air sampling, occupant interviews and evaluation of identified spaces.

For questions about indoor air quality environmental compliance, contact Steve Henneberry.

Compliance with Safe Lead Work Practices under OSHA lead in construction practices 29 CFR 1926.62 and RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) disposal requirements for lead hazardous wastes.

For questions about lead environmental compliance, contact Steve Henneberry.

Sampling of Radon Levels in University of Iowa occupied buildings.

For questions about radon environmental compliance, contact Steve Henneberry.

The Environmental Compliance Team assists University units in meeting the requirements of the EPA Section 608 Refrigerant Management program. Safe handling and disposal of refrigerants, and now substitute refrigerants, much be inventoried and tracked to ensure ozone-depleting gases or select greenhouse gas refrigerants are properly managed from use through disposal.

For questions about refrigerant management environmental compliance, contact Ben Fish.

Areas having oil-filled containers must meet requirements to reduce the possibility of a spill reaching waters of the United States. Fourteen separate Spill Prevention Containment and Countermeasures (SPCC) plans are maintained by Utilities environmental compliance staff on behalf of owners of the affected equipment. Annual training requirements are also met.

For questions about spill prevention environmental compliance, contact Ben Fish.

The university maintains and implements a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit that addresses storm water issues on our campuses. Additionally, storm water discharge permits/NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System), and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) are maintained as required.  Actions include reviewing and approving site plans, site monitoring, and outreach & education. For more information on UI's storm water management program and permits, visit our Storm Water Management page.

For questions about storm water management environmental compliance, contact Darice K. Baxter, CISEC.

Underground storage tanks must meet requirements of 40 CFR Part 280. This includes installing double-walled tanks and piping, installing leak detection equipment, completing bi-annual tank inspections, training responsible individuals in proper maintenance procedures, and fulfilling annual reporting requirements.

For questions about underground storage tanks environmental compliance, contact Ben Fish.

Inspections of outfalls where storm water is drained into waterways are carried out and priority areas are identified and monitored. If illicit material is detected, the offending source will be notified and required to take immediate action to correct the problem before legal action is taken. For frequently asked questions about UI and water quality, visit our Water Quality FAQ page.

For questions about water quality environmental compliance, contact Darice Baxter.

Contact Us

Design & Construction Environmental Compliance

Steve Henneberry

Environmental Supervisor

Asbestos, Indoor Air Quality, Mold, Lead, Radon


Darice K. Baxter, CISEC

Environmental Specialist

Storm water Inspections, NPDES General Permit #2,

SWPPP Design Review, Asbestos



Steve Otto

Associate Director 

Design & Construction



Additional Resources

UI EHS (Environmental Health & Safety)
Iowa DNR

Utilities Environmental Compliance

Ben Fish

Interim Compliance Contact

UI Utilities