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Who We Are

Our mission: The Iowa Environmental Council educates, advocates and builds coalitions to raise awareness, generate action and impact policy to make Iowa a better place to live, work and explore.

Founded in 1995, the Iowa Environmental Council is the largest and most comprehensive environmental coalition in the state. We are a nonpartisan alliance of diverse organizations and individuals working together to protect and preserve Iowa's environment. Together, we unify Iowans to advocate for clean water & land stewardship, clean energy, and a healthy climate

By amplifying the voices of Iowans and leveraging our collective influence, we advocate for a cleaner, healthier Iowa at the legislature, rule-making agencies and when necessary, in the courts.

Through education, advocacy and coalition building, we raise awareness, generate action and create large-scale change that makes Iowa a better place to live, work and explore.

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 justice extends, unequivocally, to belief in justice for all people regardless of race. Read IEC's principles on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) in our work.   

Our Approach

The Council and its balanced, nonpartisan approach is unique, effective and well-respected. Our ability to gather the knowledge and expertise of our members, assemble diverse stakeholders around the table, collaborate, create productive dialogue, and offer solutions are among some of our greatest skills. We pride ourselves on our credibility; our science-based and results-oriented programs; and our passionate, knowledgeable staff and members.

The Iowa Environmental Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Funded by generous donations and foundation grants, supported by committed volunteers, and staffed by dedicated employees, we strive to create a state people are proud to call home.