Iris Caldwell

Energy Resources Center at UIC


Iris Caldwell, P.E., is a Research Engineer at the Energy Resources Center (ERC) located at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The ERC is an interdisciplinary organization that works to improve energy efficiency and the environment through specialized research, public and private sector outreach, technical assistance, and program development and administration. Iris primarily supports ERC’s agricultural and bioenergy research group, most recently engaging the agriculture, utility, and transportation sectors on pollinator habitat development. Her research has focused on the development of geospatial tools and land use analyses that designate priority areas for monarch habitat. Additionally, Iris facilitates the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group for utilities, transportation authorities, and other organizations interested in promoting pollinator habitat along rights-of-way.


Prior to joining the ERC, Iris worked for more than eight years in industry, both as a manufacturing facility environmental engineer and as an environmental consultant. She has a strong background in environmental regulatory compliance as well as greenhouse gas accounting, carbon offset verification, renewable fuel production under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard, and other environmental and sustainability reporting. Iris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil – Environmental Engineering from Iowa State University and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Illinois.