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Organizational membership

Member organizations are the backbone of the Iowa Environmental Council.  In addition to the benefits listed on the membership homepage, organizational members have the opportunity to interact with a wide range of environmental groups and individuals working together to strengthen protections for Iowa's water, air and soil.

Membership benefits

Our member organizations include a broad cross-section of not-for-profit organizations who are working to support a safe, healthy environment and sustainable future for Iowa.

View a list of our current member organizations

The Council's member organizations:

  • elect 9 representatives to our Board of Directors.

  • are listed and linked on our website.

  • are encouraged to participate in the Council's policy committee where new, major policy directions are proposed. Each member organization has one vote, but must be present at meetings to vote.

  • are encouraged to participate in the Council's issue workgroups, where policy solutions are created and prioritized, and consensus is built.

  • may pre-register for display tables, at no fee, for our annual Lobby Day at the state capitol.

  • may send representatives and/or lobbyists to participate in a weekly Roundtable at the Council, where bills are discussed and collective actions are strategized, during the Iowa legislative season.

Learn about membership

If your organization is interested in becoming a member of the Council, we encourage you to request a packet of materials about the Council, to share with others in your organization.

To request a packet information about the Council, including our by-laws, please send your request to:


Iowa Environmental Council
Attention Organizational Membership
521 East Locust, Suite 220

Des Moines, IA 50309-1939

How to apply

Member organizations renew their memberships annually. Membership rates are determined by the size of your organization's membership.

  • If your organization has fewer than 500 members, the fee is $100/year.
  • 500-1000 members: $300
  • 1,000-2,000 members: $500
  • 2,000-4,000 members: $700
  • 4,000+ members: $1,000

Organizations with many diverse purposes, in addition to environmental protection (such as faith groups) may become a member for annual dues of $100.

Organizations that are members must be concerned in whole or in part with protection of natural resources in Iowa. Organizational members must be in accord and not in conflict with the purpose and the functions of the Council. 

If your organization wishes to join the Council, you must submit a letter, written by your executive director or board president, requesting to become an organizational member of the Iowa Environmental Council. It should be accompanied by printed information describing the organization's mission, goals, and programs and providing proof of non-profit or volunteer status. Applications for organizational membership are reviewed by our Board of Directors during a regularly scheduled meeting.

If you have questions, please contact Executive Director Ralph Rosenberg at 515-244-1194 x 201 or rosenberg [at] iaenvironment [dot] org.