Guest Blogger

IEC is pleased to welcome guest bloggers on a number of different topics throughout the year. If you are interested in submitting a blog piece to IEC, contact us at

Blog posts by this Author:

  • Honoring Paul Johnson: A Legacy of Public Service, Leadership, and Conservation

    Paul W. Johnson was one of Iowa's - and the nation's - great conservationists. In this guest blog post, former IEC Executive Director Ralph Rosenburg shares Paul's vision and how an ad hoc group of his family, friends, and colleagues has embarked on a project to remember and honor Paul and his legacy of public service, leadership, and conservation.

  • Iowa Youth Organized Climate Strike at Iowa State Capitol

    Iowa teen Lillian Hill staged her first climate protest at the Capitol last month. In a guest blog post, Lillian shares her inspiration, her concerns for her fellow Iowans, and her plans for the future.

  • Who has been hidden in energy poverty?

    Energy poverty is multi-faceted. Having a limited economic measurement focus can miss people who are suffering. Dr. Destenie Nock, IEC's Bright Ideas 2021 keynote, shares observations in a guest blog post.

  • Tiny Trees Make a Big Difference

    City Forester for the City of Des Moines, Shane McQuillan, shares his excitement for the tiny tree program and seeing non-profits work together to build the urban canopy in Des Moines.

  • County-level Conservation Delivers Clean Water and Recreation For All

    Guest blogger Rich Leopold, Director of Polk County Conservation, shares how past bond support delivered important water quality, flood protection, and outdoor recreation projects to residents in Central Iowa.

  • Stormwater Best Management Practices

    Isaac Svoboda and Derek Namanny of the City of Des Moines' Public Works Clean Water Program share information about how and where to apply for the Stormwater Best Management Practices Rebate Program, with tips and ideas even if you don't reside in Des Moines.

  • Electric Franchise Fees and My Hometown: Understanding the Process

    Guest blogger Joleen Jansen with Clayton County Energy District outlines her community's upcoming opportunity to revisit their franchise fee agreement with Alliant Energy, what it could mean for Elkader, and why it's important to understand the process.

  • Why I want Iowa to Fund the Trust

    IEC Water and Land Stewardship program summer intern Rachel James reflects on what she learned about Iowa's natural resource funding opportunities and why she feels it's time for Iowa to fund the Trust.

  • Meskwaki Nation Leads Creation of Iowa River Watershed Coalition

    Iowa River Watershed Coalition President, Jarrett Pfrimmer, PhD, shares the coalition efforts led by the Meskwaki Department of Natural Resources to form the Iowa River Watershed Coalition in 2019. Read more about the stakeholders involved and the goals they have set out to achieve to protect the Iowa River watershed.

  • Congress Can Bring More Electric School Buses to Iowa

    This guest blog authored by Karin Stein with Moms Clean Air Force in Iowa and the organization's Ecomadres program discusses the opportunity Congress has to transition Iowa's school bus fleet from diesel to electric engines, and the health and financial benefits that could come along with the switch.

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