AmeriCorps Members Gain Sustainability Insight, Worldview in Hawaii

AmeriCorps Members Gain Sustainability Insight, Worldview in Hawaii

  Katherine, Gracie, and Briana of our Green Iowa AmeriCorps team recently returned from two weeks studying sustainability on the big island of Hawaii through the Green Iowa AmeriCorps Leadership in Sustainability program.   The group working in the taro field, planting and cleaning taro with Kulia from Pōhāhā I Ka Lani in Waipi’o Valley. Katherine, Elena, Rachel and Gracie oiling the canoe, Mauloa, to help provide protection from the sun

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Joel’s Solar Story

Joel’s Solar Story

So. I placed a down payment on solar last month. I’m committing to the largest purchase I’ve ever made (not counting my house). I’ve sat on the fence on this decision for some time because I don’t have the greatest location to install solar on my house. My roof faces west not south, and I have a lot of shading from a big old sycamore tree in my back yard.

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Proposed Bill Will Kill Iowa’s Solar Industry, Trample Iowan’s Energy Freedom

Proposed Bill Will Kill Iowa’s Solar Industry, Trample Iowan’s Energy Freedom

Iowa House Republicans have introduced a long-awaited bill to kill net metering as we know it in Iowa. The bill was apparently drafted by MidAmerican Energy and will likely be supported by Alliant Energy, as both have aggressively attempted to overturn net metering in the past. Read the details below, and ask your Iowa Representative and Senator for a clear statement in opposition to HSB 185. Attend their weekend listening

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Cedar Rapids Sustainability Coordinator Visits Decorah

Cedar Rapids Sustainability Coordinator Visits Decorah

You are invited to Eric Holthaus, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Cedar Rapids, to learn about Cedar Rapids’ sustainability initiatives. Holthaus will be the featured speaker at Energy Breakfast, Tuesday, January 15th at 7:30 AM at T-Bock’s Underground. He will cover topics including the development of the city’s Municipal Sustainability Plan, becoming a STAR Certified Community, and projects in waste reduction, solar, biking, and green yards. Since joining the

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Register for Energy Breakfast with Steve Falck

Register for Energy Breakfast with Steve Falck

Join the Environmental Law and Policy Center’s(ELPC) Senior Policy Advocate Steve Falck at T-bock’s Sports Bar and Grille for a conversation about local energy policy on December 18th. Mr. Falck will provide an overview of energy policy for the upcoming legislative session. He will also discuss opportunities for energy efficiency and renewable energy policy, which policies could be under attack, and how locally-led Energy Districts can help.    Steve Falck

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Our Climate, Our Responsibility, Our Opportunity

Andy Johnson, Director The recent Global Warming of 1.5°C report, released by the prestigious Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on October 8, was a wake-up call to some. To many others, it was one more installment in 30+ years of science documenting the dangers of human-induced climate change, and the opportunity we still have (maybe) to protect a liveable world for our kids and grandkids. We’ll summarize key take-away’s from

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Free Workshop on Home Maintenance and Weatherization

October 9, 2018                                                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Scott Timm Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 515-291-2560 stimm@iastate.edu A workshop on home maintenance and weatherization techniques will be presented in the Upper Explorerland conference room, 325 Washington Street, at 6:30pm, October 18th. This workshop is meant to assist homeowners and renters learn more about building science, how to properly maintain their homes, and teach techniques for sealing up their properties to reduce

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Solsmart at October Energy Breakfast

Solsmart at October Energy Breakfast

Nine northeast Iowa cities and counties are partnering with the Energy Districts of northeast Iowa to evaluate the potential to achieve SolSmart designation. SolSmart is a national program that certifies local governments as solar friendly, or “open for solar business”. This regional SolSmart collaborative is the topic of the October Energy Breakfast, to be held at Tbocks downstairs, on Tuesday, October 16th at 7:30 am. All are welcome and requested

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Localism, Energy, and Very Fast Fiber!

Localism, Energy, and Very Fast Fiber!

Want to cast a vote right now – this very minute – for a healthy, prosperous, and innovative Decorah? For locally-owned, super-fast, highly-reliable, unlimited, and affordable internet? Stop what you’re doing, go to http://www.ourbroadbandfuture.com/decorah.html, and take the Decorah Fiber Pledge for your household or business. (We’ll get to the energy connection soon, but first take the pledge, then keep reading!) In 2015, the Decorah community overwhelmingly voted YES (94%) to

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Proposed Cuts to Energy Efficiency Program Will Affect Rebate Levels

Joel Zook, Energy Planner Some Rebates Will Be Eliminated Completely If you’ve considered making any upgrades to improve the energy efficiency of your home or business, you may want to act now while rebates still exist to help lower the cost. SF2311 was passed this legislative year and mandates a dramatic cut in Alliant Energy and Black Hills Energy’s energy efficiency programs. Insulation, air sealing and other rebates are being

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