+ View Section Navigation

2018 Annual Conference - Environmental Justice: An Iowa Value

Join fellow Iowans interested in a sustainable future for Iowa on September 27, 2018, at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport for IEC's annual conference. 

Environmental threats to land, water, and climate are more likely to impact low income, minority, and tribal populations. Renowned and engaged speakers will tackle thorny issues such as economic impacts from environmental efforts, engaging resistant communities in understanding climate change impacts, food scarcity and food waste diversion, sparking energy policy that protects under-served populations, balancing economic development with natural landscapes, and more. Re-imagine a just environmental law and policy platform in Iowa by attending this event that ensure the work we do as individuals, businesses, and organizations is bringing everyone to the table. Join us for this critical conversation to improve Iowa's environment for all. 

Discounts available for students and Iowa Environmental Council members.  




2018 Conference Agenda

2018 Keynote Presentation

Opportunity in Iowa: Equity and Inclusion in Environmental Projects

Throughout the Midwest, cities and towns are grappling with environmental challenges brought on by extreme weather events and legacy industrial and agricultural issues - and often communities of color and low income communities are hit the hardest. Emily Rhodes of the Midwest-based Delta Institute will share their approach to community-based work that strives to be inclusive of diverse viewpoints, oriented towards fairness and justice, and committed to mutual benefits. Through examples of local projects, including brownfield re-visioning in Waterloo and climate resilience work in a small community in Michigan, the keynote will explore the importance of equitable engagement and how to take a holistic view of community needs, assets, and outcomes when addressing environmental challenges.

Featured Panels and Presentations

Food Insecurity and the Richest Land in the World: Moving to a Sustainable Future for Iowans
Clean Energy Lifts All Boats
Economic Development and Wetland and Stream Mitigation: Removing the Tension, Bettering Communities, and Helping Kids Catch and Release Frogs Again
Energy Advocacy Training Session

and more to come!


Event Location and Lodging

The 2018 Annual Conference will take place the Holiday Inn Des Moines - Airport on September, 27, 2018. 

Rooms are available for conference attendees on September 26, 2018, at a discounted rate of $102 + tax. Call the hotel at 515.287.2400 to reserve your room at this discounted rate by September 5. Parking is complimentary in the hotel lot. 

Lodging is also available at hotels throughout the Des Moines metro. Visit the Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau website for information about lodging.


Thank you to our 2018 Conference Sponsors

Join us as a Conference Sponsor

Practical Farmers of Iowa

John & Deb Schmidt

Trees Forever

Thank you to our 2018 Conference Exhibitors

Join us as a conference exhibitor

Blank Park Zoo Iowa Farmers Union
Iowa Water Center Rekow Renewables
Trees Forever