Leverage Your Voice and Presence

posted by EMILY HOLLEY on Thursday, March 16, 2017

This legislative session we’ve been posting about the different ways to talk to you legislators about issues essential to the health, growth and beauty of our state: renewable energy and clean drinking and recreational water. We’ve blogged about emailing legislators on specific bills through our action alert system. And we’ve given you tips for success when attending legislative forums (and we hope you’re putting them to good use).   Another strong opportunity to influence elected officials to attend Environmental and REAP Lobby Day, March 29, 2017 from 8:30am to 1pm.

Ralph Lobby Day 2016

Ralph Rosenberg, IEC Executive Director, speaking at Environmental Lobby & REAP Day 2016.

The point of Environmental Lobby and REAP Day is to educate legislators about the environmental issues and advances currently affecting Iowans across the state through conversations with constituents and organizations. Twenty-one organizations have committed to exhibiting on conservation, wildlife, outdoor recreation, renewable energy and water quality. United behind a passion for improving our state, we will visibly show policymakers that there is a broad base of support for policies that encourage further progress on renewable energy, sustainable funding for water quality and land stewardship.

We will provide a citizen advocate training at 8:30 A.M. in Room 116 to give you specific information on legislation we are supporting and opposing. Tips on sharing how environmental policies affect you and your family with legislators will also be provided. We encourage you to contact your legislators before March 29 to let them know that you will be attending Lobby Day and that you are looking forward to speaking with them.

IWLL Exhibit

Iowa's Water & Land Legacy exhibit from Environmental Lobby & REAP Day 2016.

Following the citizen advocate training, we will present a program on environmental progress and challenges featuring: The program starts at 9:15 A.M. (there will be a tornado drill at 10:00 A.M.)

Representative Kevin Koester, R-Ankeny

Senator Janet Peterson, D-Des Moines

Jeneane Moody, Executive Director, Iowa Public Health Association

Joe McGovern, President, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation

Ralph Rosenberg, Executive Director, Iowa Environmental Council

Our 2017 Exhibitors:

1000 Friends of Iowa, Blank Park Zoo, Citizens Climate Lobby, Citizens for a Healthy Iowa, County Conservation System, Des Moines Water Works, Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, Heritage Land Stewards, Impact7G, Inc., Iowa Environmental Council, Iowa Environmental Health Association, Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Iowa REAP Alliance, Iowa Rivers Revival, Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy (IWILL), Iowa Woodland Owners Association, Iowa Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Lake Macbride Conservancy, State Hygienic Laboratory, Trees Forever.

Lobby Day 2016

Environmental Lobby & REAP Day 2016 attendees.

We have an exciting, energizing and informative day planned, but we need you, your friends and your family to strengthen the message to legislators that policies protecting our natural resources, improving our water quality and supporting the expansion of renewable energy are important to Iowans and to the health, growth and future of our state.

Register as an exhibitor.

Register as an attendee.

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Emily joined the Council in November of 2016. As the Council's Communications & Outreach Director, Emily works with all departments to craft the Council's messaging strategies and manages the website. She also works to extend the Council's outreach to all Iowans. 

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