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Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Working to protect the environment and preserve the only home we have is a mission driven by a belief in justice - justice for all to have access to clean air and water, justice for all children to have a livable future. Our belief in such equity extends, unequivocally, to belief in fairness for?all?people regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, or disability.?

In 2020, IEC staff and board acknowledged the organization's role and the need for action, then identified opportunities for improvement. We began the important and necessary steps to address inequities within the organization and the environmental movement in Iowa.

Read IEC's principles on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI).?? 

There is a long journey ahead, but IEC's staff, leadership, and partners are committed to this work. 

Recent activities and highlights


What is environmental racism? What is environmental justice? There are many resources available on how to better understand systemic inequalities in the environmental movement and to take actionable steps in achieving justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. IEC staff have selected several they have found particularly helpful in expanding ideas and conversation on this topic. 

IEC board and staff continue to seek out resources to enhance our growth and will share useful items with you. If you have suggestions or comments, please let us know at iecmail@iaenvironment.org.