Join us in empowering Iowans with the knowledge, experiences, tools, and inspiration needed to create a sustainable and desirable future for our communities.


The Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) creates opportunities for UNI students, faculty and staff to work with community leaders to arrive at evidence-based, solution-oriented responses to the problems they wish to address. We offer technical assistance, educational programs, and leadership in energy conservation and renewable energy, environmental conservation and community-based agriculture. The CEEE serves Iowa cities, counties, school districts, teachers, farmers, businesses, elected officials, state agencies, community leaders, citizen organizations and individuals.




  • Kamyar Enshayan
    Kamyar Enshayan
    CEEE Director

    Kamyar works to turn science into action in energy conservation, renewable energy, and sustainable agriculture. He has taught environmental studies at UNI since 1993.

    ON FACEBOOK: Center for Energy & Environmental Education

    kamyar.enshayan@uni.edu / (319) 273-7575
  • Ashley Coffin
    Ashley Coffin
    Green Iowa AmeriCorps Program Director

    Ashley is program director of the CEEE's flagship AmeriCorps program, Green Iowa AmeriCorps. The program operates in 20+ locations throughout the state and provides Iowans with the tools to become more energy efficient and environmentally conscious.

    AT THE CEEE: Green Iowa AmeriCorps
    ON FACEBOOK: Energy & Community / Sustainable Schools / Land & Water Stewards
    ON INSTAGRAM: Energy & Community / Sustainable Schools / Land & Water Stewards

    ashley.coffin@uni.edu / (319) 273-7273
  • Carmen Finken
    Carmen Finken
    Green Iowa AmeriCorps Program Manager

    Carmen oversees the Sustainable Schools branch of Green Iowa AmeriCorps and helps to recruit new members and host sites to the Green Iowa AmeriCorps program.

    AT THE CEEE: Green Iowa AmeriCorps
    ON FACEBOOK: Sustainable Schools
    ON INSTAGRAM: Sustainable Schools

    finkenc@uni.edu / (319) 273-7194
  • Cassie Sonne
    Cassandra Sonne
    Energy Program Manager

    Cassandra Sonne oversees the Resilient Iowa Communities program at CEEE and assists communities with greenhouse gas inventories and climate action planning. Her background and degrees are in environmental policy, communication, and governance.

    AT THE CEEE: Community Energy & Climate Action / UNI Conservation Corps
    ON FACEBOOK: Center for Energy & Environmental Education

  • Jodie Huegerich
    Jodie Huegerich
    UNI Local Food Program Manager

    Jodie is a registered and licensed dietitian working to strengthen the local food economy by working with producers and buyers.

    AT THE CEEE: UNI Local Food Program
    ON FACEBOOK: UNI Local Food Program / College Hill Farmers Market / Greens to Go

    jodie.huegerich@uni.edu / (319) 273-7883
  • Sarah Steinmeyer
    Sarah Steinmeyer (she/her)
    VISTA Program Coordinator

    For nearly fourteen years, Sarah worked with the Black Hawk County Health Department as a health educator. In that role, she led food- and garden-based education for Waterloo Community School District students, partnered for built environment changes, and created partnerships to impact health. Sarah has worked closely with a variety of AmeriCorps service members in the Cedar Valley including FoodCorps and Green Iowa members.

    At the CEEE: UNI Local Food / Community Food Security VISTA Project
    On Facebook: Community Food Security VISTA Project in Iowa / Cedar Valley Regional Food & Farm Network
    On Instagram: Cedar Valley Regional Food & Farm Network

    sarah.steinmeyer@uni.edu / (319) 273-2626
  • Barbara Payton
    Barbara Payton
    Administrative Assistant

    Barb performs clerical duties for all staff members, conducts budgeting operations, and maintains personnel records.

    ON FACEBOOK: Center for Energy & Environmental Education

    barbara.payton@uni.edu / (319) 273-2573
  • Audrey E. Tran Lam
    Audrey E. Tran Lam
    Environmental Health Program Manager

    Since 2017, Audrey has managed the CEEE's environmental health initiatives, working where human health and environmental sustainability meet. She holds a masters degree in Public Health from the University of Iowa, a plant-based nutrition certificate from eCornell, and a graduate certificate from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Food Systems, the Environment, and Public Health. Audrey currently serves on the board of the Iowa Rural Health Association and the Heartland Health Research Alliance. 

    ON FACEBOOK: Good Neighbor Iowa

    audrey.tranlam@uni.edu / (319) 273-7150
  • Leah Baethke
    Leah Baethke
    Green Iowa AmeriCorps Program Manager

    Leah oversees the Land & Water Stewards branch of Green Iowa AmeriCorps and helps to recruit new members and host sites to the Green Iowa AmeriCorps program.

    leah.baethke@uni.edu / (319) 273-7194
  • Emily Dvorak
    Emily Dvorak
    Environmental Health Program Associate

    Emily has a background in Public Health. She manages Good Neighbor Iowa, a statewide initiative to reduce pesticides in urban areas; she is also involved in local food systems initiative, "Putting Public Health Science to Work."

    ON FACEBOOK: Good Neighbor Iowa

    emily.dvorak@uni.edu / (319) 273-7150
  • Shawn Fluckey E&C PM
    Shawn Fluckey
    Green Iowa AmeriCorps Program Manager

    Shawn oversees the Energy & Community branch of Green Iowa AmeriCorps and helps to recruit new members and host sites to the Green Iowa AmeriCorps program.

    shawn.fluckey@uni.edu / (319) 273-7273
  • Brandy Case Haub Member Support
    Brandy Case Haub
    Green Iowa AmeriCorps Member Support Coordinator

    Brandy serves as the Member Support Coordinator for Green Iowa AmeriCorps, ensuring that our National Service members are engaged in a successful and meaningful service term.

  • Laura Mast
    Laura Mast
    Recruitment Specialist

    Laura is the Recruitment Specialist for Green Iowa AmeriCorps. She helps recruit new AmeriCorps members and works collaboratively with the Green Iowa AmeriCorps host agencies.

CEEE In Action
Engaging students in the community