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Seeing Green This Summer: Iowa Gives Green and Green Gala

The Council is celebrating all things green this month as we participated in Iowa Gives Green on August 2 and prepare the details for our upcoming Green Gala & Art Auction on September 14. 

2nd Annual Green Gala & Art Auction

This week IEC is finalizing award winners and reviewing art auction submissions as they come in ahead of the Friday deadline for the second annual Green Gala & Art Auction on Thursday, September 14, at Mainframe Studios in Des Moines. Beautiful pieces in a variety of media are rolling in and we're excited to share them in the coming weeks!

This year's event is sure to be another spectacular celebration, with guests donning their best green attire while enjoying music from DJ Jade Knight, celebrating the 2023 award winners, and bidding on inspiring pieces from Iowa artists. 

Tickets are available now. Don't miss out on this evening of fun and artistry! 

Iowa Gives Green

Donors from all corners of Iowa helped IEC meet our $5,000 match challenge provided by long-time IEC supporter Jennifer Garst for Iowa Gives Green. Thank you for your generosity! More than 30 organizations across the state also participated in the day of giving, raising funds for land conservation, habitat restoration, tree planting, river clean-ups, environmental justice activities and more. You can still give to support Iowa Gives Green, and mark your calendar for next year: August 7, 2024!

Iowa Gives Green at Blank Park Zoo

More IEC News

IEC staff updates: promotions, hires, and changes

It's been a busy summer for IEC staff! Jordan Oster has been promoted to Energy Program Associate Director, while Steve Guyer has been named Energy Policy Counsel.

IEC welcomed four new staff members: Michaelle Gallagher as Event and Fundraising Coordinator, Cody Smith as Senior Policy Advocate, and Chris Emery and Marshall James as new Advocacy and Communications Associates.

These additions came as we said farewell to recent Executive Director Brian Campbell. Board and staff are now working on a hiring plan.

IEC testimony highlights benefits of novel Soo Green Line

The Iowa Utilities Board heard testimony last month about a novel approach to transmission lines in Iowa: Soo Green is proposing an underground direct-current line running from near Mason City to Illinois.

IEC provided written testimony supporting the transmission line and participated in the hearing in Elkader, Iowa.  

The line offers significant potential benefits for Iowans, such improving reliability when demand is high and selling wind-powered generation to other states. Read the full story in IEC's Newsroom.

Iowans share ideas to inspire climate dialogue with art

The Art of Climate Dialogue: Stories from Iowa, produced by EcoTheatre Lab, is a podcast series featuring conversations with artists, farmers, community organizers, activists and more who have used arts and storytelling strategies to talk about climate change and agriculture in Iowa.

Through this podcast, interviewees share their strategies so that listeners can implement them in their own communities.

Visit the website for more information about the project's funders, the interviewees, and all of the collaborators!

Upcoming IEC Events

Upcoming Environmental Events 

8/11 - R2G2: Fourmile Fest, Des Moines
8/12 - Blue Water Festival, Okoboji
8/19 - Duck Creek Cleanup, Bettendorf
8/19 - Paddle the Iowa River, Amana Colonies
8/19 - Floatzilla, Quad Cities
8/22 - Gull Point State Park Improvement Open House, DNR
8/23 - CAFO Impacts, Costs, and Rulemaking in Iowa, Iowa Learning Farms
8/24 - Wetlands: Protecting Nature's Water Filters, Izaak Walton League of America
8/24 - Ticking Time Bomb: Controlling Invasive Species, Trees Forever
8/26 - Monarch Festival, Blank Park Zoo
9/12 - The True Cost of CAFOs, IEC Webinar
9/14 - IEC's Green Gala & Art Auction, Des Moines
9/16 - Silver Creek Cleanup, Le Claire
9/17 - Conservation Day, Dyersville
9/20 - Save the Date: IEC's Condition of the State 2023, IEC Webinar

Organizational Member News

Iowa Rivers Revival: Profiles in Conservation

Iowa Rivers Revival has released the second installment of their Profiles in Conservation series featuring Iowa landowner Lee Tesdell. IEC is proud to be a partner on this video project!

Watch the video to hear Lee's story about agricultural conservation best practices on Tesdell Century Farm.

You can join Lee and be part of Iowa's Clean Water Future by signing up for Service Squad and attending the Fourmile Fest river cleanup on August 11th.

SILT farm the perfect home for new organic producers

Ethan and Carly Zierke's journey to a SILT farm in Winneshiek County is chronicled in this recent profile in the Driftless Journal

In the couples' search for long-term land access and housing, they found the Luzum Heritage Farm, donated to the SILT – Sustainable Iowa Land Trust – for use by farmers following sustainable land practices in 2017.

Read more about their application process and plans for the farm.

Photo courtesy of Driftless Journal

Dreaming of a rail renaissance 

As part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, Congress directed the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to study the feasibility of expanding Amtrak’s long-distance passenger rail network.

The Long-Distance Service Study presents an opportunity to establish and bolster essential intercity passenger rail connections and build a stronger rail network overall—one that would allow people to get where they need to go safely and efficiently.

Member organization ELPC participated in a recent working group meeting. Read more in their latest blog post

Iowa Water News

Gazette - Iowa DNR reviews new manure plan for Supreme Beef feedlot

WQAD - How to know if a beach is safe to swim at

Siouxland Proud - Map: Does your drinking water contain 'forever chemicals?

Gazette - The Mississippi River's floodplain forests are dying. The race is on to bring them back.

IEC Newsroom - IEC releases new infographics outlining need for Numeric Nutrient Criteria

Manchester Press - Manchester opens wetlands to prevent flooding, purify drinking water

Storm Lake Times - Turning rough farm ground into wetlands

KWWL - Restoration plans for Hickory Hills Casey Lake set for November 2023

Radio Iowa - Dry weather impacts Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

Time Magazine - A new age of water is dawning

Iowa Energy News

Public News Service - Iowa reaches milestone on wind energy production

KCHA News - Wind turbines going up for Chickasaw County Wind Energy Center

Fort Madison Daily Democrat - Alliant to lease land in Green Bay Bottoms for solar energy farm

KCCI - Iowa National Guard, utiities companies train for natural disasters 3 years after derecho

KCRG - Iowa one of 31 states without laws banning electric shutoffs during a heat wave

Gazette - Home solar energy projects are on the rise in Iowa, but are they right for you?

Canary Media - Chart: Wind and solar are outperforming coal on US grid this year

Huffpost - As feds look to cut red tape, more local governments are curbing wind and solar

Inside Climate News - Labor and environmental groups have learned to get along. Here's the organization in the middle.

Iowa Climate News

Des Moines Register - Editorial Board: The climate crisis is already here. Iowa has to work on adapting.

The Daily Iowan - Iowa City volunteers and citizens band together for one-day heat mapping event

Iowa Capital Dispatch - Commentary: A little hope amid the haze

Gazette - Facing climate crisis, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City prioritize vulnerable residents in transportation network

Des Moines Register - Natural disasters threaten small insurers, leaving Iowas with high premiums and fewer choices

Ottumwa Courier - Climate change made July hotter for 4 of 5 humans on Earth, scientists find

Little Village - Contact Buzz: Environmentalism isn't anti-business

Inside Climate News - This summer's heatwaves would have been 'almost impossible' without human-caused warming, a new analysis shows

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