5 Reasons You Don't Want to Miss Iowa Environmental Council's 2017 Annual Conference

posted on Monday, September 25, 2017

LogoAs environmental concerns grow, it is time for bold, creative and actionable solutions that bring communities together to create a healthier Iowa. We are pleased to present “ACT Iowa: Local Solutions for a Healthier Environment”, an exploration of local food initiatives, sustainable housing, community-based watershed projects, clean energy ventures and much more.

Meet a Wide Range of Experts Who Are Positively Changing Iowa’s Environment
Meet, network and learn from a dozen environmental organizations from across Iowa. Issues represented include protecting Iowa rivers, conservation, renewable energy and more. Hear about ongoing projects and ways you can get involved.

NHMDelve into the Future of Sustainable Meat Production with Nicolette Hahn Niman
Nicolette Hahn Niman, livestock rancher, attorney and author will present a vision of ecological farming that, when created in harmony with nature's resources, can preserve and regenerate our environment. Hahn Niman authored the books "Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production" (2014) and “Righteous Porkchop:  Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms" (2009), as well as numerous essays for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. 

Explore the watershed approach to Iowa’s Serious Water Quality Problems
Ten years after the Watershed Quality Planning Taskforce recommended a watershed framework approach, Iowa continues to face great challenges related to water quality. Hear from a diverse set of leaders who take a watershed approach to improving water quality.

Answer the Question: Does Sustainable and Tiny Housing Have a Future in Iowa?
From HGTV to Iowa City, inventive housing as a sustainability tool is becoming increasingly popular. Hear from tiny house resident and author of “Put Your Life on a Diet: Lessons Learned from Living in 140 Square Feet,” Greg Johnson, Del Holland, Board of Managers for the Iowa City cohousing project and Mark LaCroix, one of the developers of Iowa’s first net-zero housing.Tiny Houses

Learn How “Local Food” is More Than a Tasty Fad
The local food movement is engaging communities across the nation, bringing fresher food to families, diversifying economic options for landowners and contributing to community vitality. Featured panelists areSonia Kendrick, founder of Feed Iowa First, Jan Libbey, Owner of One Step at a Time Farm and Suman Hoque, Owner of Hoq Restaurant.

Our conference will motivate and inspire you to implement local solutions to environmental problems in your homes, communities and businesses. Learn about other panels and speakers, and reserve your space today!

The event is approved for 5 CLE credits. Discounts available for Council members and students!