Iowans to Urge Action on Conservation, Clean Energy

posted on Friday, March 18, 2016 in Council News

Contact:

Katy Heggen
Communications and Outreach Director
Iowa Environmental Council
office: 515-244-1194 x210, Heggen@iaenvironment.org

Iowans to Urge Action on Conservation, Clean Energy

March 18, 2016 (DES MOINES) – Diverse individuals and organizations from across Iowa will assemble at Iowa State Capitol next Tuesday, March 22 for Environmental Lobby Day and REAP Day at the Capitol 2016.

The event, which is hosted by the Iowa Environmental Council, Iowa REAP Alliance and Iowa’s Water, Land and Legacy Coalition, will focus on advocating sustainable funding, programs and policies that support clean water, healthy land and continued clean energy leadership.

Legislation participants will call upon the state’s leaders to take action on include fully funding Iowa’s Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program at $20 million, funding the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, supporting critical conservation programs and expanding clean energy tax incentives, among others.

“There is a broad base of support for programs and policies that conserve our natural resources and accelerate Iowa’s transition to clean energy. The diverse 30+ organizations and individual Iowans that plan to participate next Tuesday is evidence of that,” said Iowa Environmental Council Executive Director Ralph Rosenberg. “These individuals and organizations care deeply about these issues, enough so that they’re willing to devote a day to come to the Capitol to convey their support and share their concerns. Legislators have an opportunity this session to protect Iowa’s natural resources, strengthen our economy, protect public health and improve Iowans’ quality of life. We urge them to take meaningful action.”

EVENT OVERVIEW:

WHAT: Environmental Lobby Day & REAP Day at the Capitol 2016
WHEN: Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE: First Floor Rotunda, Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines
A speaker program will be held at 9:45 a.m. in the First Floor Rotunda; audio feeds from the PA will be available for members of the media.

2016 SPEAKER PROGRAM

  • Senator David Johnson, R-Ocheyedan
  • Representative John Forbes, D-Urbandale
  • Jeneane Moody, Executive Director, Iowa Public Health Association
  • Joe McGovern, President, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
  • Tim Dwight, President, Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association
  • Ralph Rosenberg, Executive Director, Iowa Environmental Council

Additional details are available on the Environmental Lobby Day & REAP Day at the Capitol 2016 event page.

2016 PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS

1000 Friends of Iowa, Blank Park Zoo, Citizens Climate Lobby, Citizens for a Healthy Iowa, Des Moines Water Works, Iowa Audubon, Iowa Conservation Education Coalition, Iowa's County Conservation System, Iowa DOT Living Roadway Trust Fund, Iowa Environmental Council, Iowa Environmental Health Association, Iowa Farmers Union, Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Iowa Purple Martin Organization, Iowa REAP Alliance, Iowa Renewable Energy Association, Iowa Rivers Revival, Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy (IWILL), Iowa Wind Energy Association, Iowa Woodland Owners Association, Lake Macbride Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council, League of Conservation Voters, The Nature Conservancy, PrISUm Solar Car Team, Sierra Club Iowa Chapter, SILT, State Hygienic Laboratory, Trees Forever, UNI Fabulous Resources for Energy Education

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