Sarah Howe

Communications & Advocacy Associate

Phone: 515-244-1194 x 220


Sarah Howe joined IEC in 2023. Before starting at IEC, Sarah worked as a Planning Consultant for The Land Conservancy of New Jersey, where she authored municipal open space, recreation, farmland, flood acquisition, and environmental resource inventory plans. She also served as a Research Assistant for Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council, focusing on Chicago’s lakefront climate adaptation and equitable water utilities. Sarah holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Urban Planning & Policy. In her free time, Sarah is an avid reader, runner, and rock climber.

Blog posts by this Author:

  • From Texas to Iowa: The Impact of Juneteenth

    Juneteenth (short for "June Nineteenth") is a federal holiday commemorating the liberation of slaves in 1865. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday. This year, IEC is commemorating Juneteenth by advocating and uplifting the work of Iowan celebrations, while also holding space for the decades of environmental inequities that continue across the state. Read on to learn more.

  • Lead service lines and replacement efforts in Iowa

    Lead service lines (LSLs) and galvanized steel lead lines are pipes used to distribute water from a water utility. These types of pipelines were widely used prior to 1900 and well into the 20th century, although there was research even then to suggest that lead exposure had detrimental effects to human health. In the United States, LSLs were allowed, and often mandated, until the 1986 Safe Drinking Water Act Lead Ban.

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