IEC's 2021 Annual Report Highlights Activities and Actions
IEC's 2021 Annual Report is now available online. Look inside to learn more about our work together throughout the year, including new experiences and traditional successes, such as working to pass a 24/7 clean energy resolution in Des Moines and our launch of a new coalition, Fund the Trust, focused on bringing the promise of IWILL to fruition.
You'll get a look at the scale and scope of IEC programs and projects, and how the organization pushed to grow once again in the past year. Plus, you'll find out more about where these projects are headed as we continue to move through 2022!
We hope you enjoy reading the Annual Report and seeing how your support is improving and protecting Iowa.
What's with all the stripes? Learn what they tell us about Iowa's climate
June 21 marked the fifth annual #ShareYourStripes day, a day to raise awareness about climate change by sharing warming stripe visuals.
Warming Stripes graphics represent the change in temperature over the last 100+ years. Each stripe represents one year, and the color corresponds to temperature.
See Iowa's stripes, as well as local cities in Iowa.
IEC Staff Attorney Michael Schmidt on Iowa's Sustainable Future
My early memories of playing outside include visits to Aldrich Creek in Ida County, where I would build rock dams to make it easier to catch minnows, chubs, crayfish, frogs, and macroinvertebrates (though I just called them bugs).
I didn’t realize it at the time, but it was also a lesson in water quality. The creek provided endless entertainment and many lessons in conservation.
Read Michael's story on IEC's blog.
New LTE Toolkit Available: Raise Awareness on Environmental Issues
IEC has released a new toolkit to help Iowans write and send letters to the editor (LTE) on clean energy and clean water topics.
The toolkit offers LTE and op-ed basics, writing tips, and submission information for local Iowa papers.
Write your own letter or share the toolkit with your supporters to encourage them to take action on environmental issues in Iowa.
Upcoming Environmental Events
6/23 - Be Waste Wise: Environmental Justice in Waste and Recycling, Online
6/23 - PFI - Summer Beginning Farmer Social with Des Moines Urban Farmers, Des Moines
6/24 - PFI Field Day: Farmland Owner Legacy Award Celebration, Jefferson
6/25 - Prairie Tours with Whiterock Conservancy and Iowa Prairie Network, Coon Rapids
6/25 - Pollinator Fest, Ames
6/28 - League of Women Voters - Water Quality Public Meeting, Muscatine
6/29 - Prairie Strips - Southwest Iowa Summer Field Day, Lewis
6/29 - Iowa City Climate Session: 24/7 Carbon-Free Electricity, Iowa City
7/7 - Water Quality Snapshot, Center Point
7/8 - 7/9 - Lake Red Rock Balloonfest, North Overlook Beach
7/9 - IEC's Lakeshore Party in Storm Lake, Storm Lake
7/10 - 7/15 - IowaProjectAWARE - West Fork of the Des Moines River Cleanup
7/12 - ISWEP - Trash Free Waters National and State Campaigns Webinar, Online
7/15 - Butterflies, Bees & Brew, Ames
7/16 - Summer Snapshot Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Event, Eldridge
7/19 - Summertime Fishing & Fun, South Cove Park
7/21 - 2022 UPCYCLE, Des Moines
Organizational Member News
Opportunities for Action on Climate in Rural Communities
A recent report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reaffirms the importance of climate action in rural communities, calling on those communities to adapt to and mitigate climate impacts to preserve their own prosperity and protect food and energy security globally.
Our friends at the Center for Rural Affairs break down the report and opportunities for rural communities to take action.
Read more at CFRA.org.
22on22: New Litter Campaign from Iowa Stormwater Education Partnership
We’ve taken huge strides to reduce, reuse and recycle. Many communities in Iowa have extensive recycling and garbage collection systems in place. Unfortunately, we still find significant litter along banks and shores as well as in our streams, rivers, and lakes.
Iowa Stormwater Partnership encourages community leaders and concerned individuals to lead by example and start a local 22on22 Campaign.
Conservation Education Video Series Launches
The first of six films in Impact7G’s new “Conservation Education” series is now available on demand. The series is intended for communities, HOAs, and individual property owners seeking guidance on implementing natural resource restoration projects such as prairies, wetlands, and rain gardens.
The series begins with flash flooding. The first video, Stormwater Management – The Basics, discusses 'green' vs 'gray' stormwater practices, and their role in communities moving forward.