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Sep
13
Sat
2014
Future of Energy Screening @ Drake Sussman Theater
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Come watch the Future of Energy at Drake University

Sponsored by the Central Iowa Sierra Club, Drake Environmental Science Club, ISETTA, and IRenew, The Future of Energy is “a positive film about the renewable energy revolution and a love story about the countless people and communities re-imagining their relationship with the planet and each other.” Learn more about the film here.

Sep
18
Thu
2014
4th Annual Faith in a Changing Climate Conference @ Tifereth Israel Synagogue
Sep 18 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Iowa Interfaith Power & Light’s 4th Annual Faith in a Changing Climate Conference will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Tifereth Israel Synagogue, 924 Polk Blvd. in Des Moines. This year’s theme is Telling Your Story.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with the event starting at 10:00 a.m. The conference will conclude at 4:00 p.m. Register here.

Our keynote speaker for the event is The Reverend Canon Sally Grover Bingham. Rev. Bingham is an Episcopal priest and Canon for the Environment in the Diocese of California, and was one of the first faith leaders to fully recognize the changing climate as a moral issue. She is founder and president of The Regeneration Project and its Interfaith Power & Light campaign, which currently has 15,000 congregation members in forty states. Rev. Bingham serves on the national board of the Environmental Defense Fund, and the advisory board of both the Union of Concerned Scientists and Climate One. She has received many awards including in 2012, the Rachel Carson Women in Conservation Award from the Audubon Society. Rev. Bingham is the lead author of Love God Heal Earth, a collection of 21 essays on environmental stewardship by religious leaders, published by St. Lynn’s Press.

The afternoon will feature Isaac Luria of Auburn Seminary and Auburn Action in New York City who will lead us in the workshop “Telling Your Story.” As people of faith, we are people of the story. Research and practice shows that expert storytellers can move people through moral values to act for social change more effectively than through policy arguments or calling on narrow self-interest. In this workshop we’ll learn to deploy our strongest assets – our stories, our humanity, and our faith traditions – as we advocate for change.

Registration for the event is $40, which includes a light continental breakfast and climate-friendly lunch. Please note any dietary restrictions (gluten free, dairy free, vegan, etc.) in the “Notes” box on the registration form.

Event Website

Sep
20
Sat
2014
Food, Faith, and Climate Workshop – Waterloo @ Our Savior Lutheran Church
Sep 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

Climate change is related to our food choices.
When we sit down to dinner, we may not think about global warming, but one third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are connected to our food system. At every meal, we can make a real difference that ensures a more climate-friendly food system. And luckily, the ethical choices are also pleasurable ones that improve the health of the planet and our bodies!

Food • Faith • Climate: Connecting the Dots, a program of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, invites you to be part of the solution. We look at:

• how our food system contributes to climate change
• what our faith traditions say about sustainable food systems
• food practices in our own households
• a personal plan for more climate friendly choices

The workshop includes:
• tips, resources and pocket guides for more climate-friendly choices
• a low-carbon footprint lunch
• afternoon tour and activities

There are TWO workshops in September:

Tour of Our Savior Lutheran’s “Garden of Eatin” where they grow food for the hungry in their community.

When: Saturday, September 20
10 a.m.-2 p.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m. for registration & networking)

Where: Our Savior Lutheran Church, 420 Harwood Avenue, Waterloo

Registration is $35.00 per person and includes a climate-friendly lunch.

Register here for the Waterloo event.

Sep
21
Sun
2014
NH3 FUEL CONFERENCE 2014 @ Des Moines Science Station
Sep 21 @ 5:30 pm – Sep 24 @ 11:30 am

WHO ATTENDS THE CONFERENCE?

— Professionals from industry, academia, and government who are developing NH3 fuel projects across the globe.
— Professionals from energy, finance, and cleantech who are looking for future opportunities in NH3 fuel.
— Anyone who wants to learn more about ammonia as an affordable, sustainable, carbon-free fuel.

Participants can expect an excellent technical agenda covering all areas of NH3 as a solution to energy independence and atmospheric carbon emissions. Topics will include production, storage, delivery, end uses, and safety, with opportunities for networking as well as facility production and tour options.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE (PRELIMINARY)

Sunday 9/21
— 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm: Welcome reception at Legends American Grill (see map below).
Monday 9/22
— 8.00 am to 12 noon: Conference, morning session
— 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm: Conference, afternoon session
— 6.30 pm: Dinner at The Cub Club in Principal Park (home of the Iowa Cubs baseball team)
Tuesday 9/23
— 8.00 am to 12 noon: Conference, morning session
— 1.30 pm to 5.00 pm: Conference, afternoon session
Wednesday 9/24
— 8.30 am to 11.30 am: Tour

CONFERENCE RATES

Sep
27
Sat
2014
Food, Faith, and Climate Workshop – Decorah @ Baker Commons on the Luther College Campus,
Sep 27 @ 12:31 am – 1:31 am

Climate change is related to our food choices.

When we sit down to dinner, we may not think about global warming, but one third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are connected to our food system. At every meal, we can make a real difference that ensures a more climate-friendly food system. And luckily, the ethical choices are also pleasurable ones that improve the health of the planet and our bodies!

Food • Faith • Climate: Connecting the Dots, a program of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, invites you to be part of the solution. We look at:

• how our food system contributes to climate change
• what our faith traditions say about sustainable food systems
• food practices in our own households
• a personal plan for more climate friendly choices

The workshop includes:
• tips, resources and pocket guides for more climate-friendly choices
• a low-carbon footprint lunch
• afternoon tour and activities

DECORAH: includes a tour of Seedsavers, including viewing the cider press operation and tasting samples. This event is co-sponsored by Luther College’s Center for Sustainable Communities.

When: Saturday, September 27
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m. for registration & networking)

Where: Baker Commons on the Luther College Campus, 700 College Drive, Decorah

Register here for the Decorah event.

Registration is $35 per person and includes a climate-friendly lunch. Luther College student registration is free for this event.

Oct
7
Tue
2014
Growing sustainable Communities @ Grand River Center at Port of Dubuque
Oct 7 – Oct 8 all-day

Making Sustainability a Community-Wide Priority

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Whether you’re a public official trying to develop a green local economy, a college or hospital administrator working to reduce your institution’s carbon footprint, or a business owner just hoping to lower your monthly utility bill, it’s almost certain you’ll be more successful by joining with like-minded people to brainstorm ideas and develop solutions that benefit everyone.

Sustainability is a community affair.

Collaboration will be a common thread in the keynote addresses, workshops, tours and exhibits at the 7th annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, to be held at the Grand River Center in Dubuque on Oct. 7 and 8.

Registration for the conference is now open at http://gscdubuque.eventbrite.com. Presented by the City of Dubuque and Sustainable City Network, the conference is supported by Crescent Electric Supply Company and other corporate sponsors. Programming will include keynote addresses by two internationally-known thought leaders in sustainability and urban development, as well as 25 workshops, two mobile tours and dozens of vendor exhibits.

Storm Cunningham, CEO of ReCitizen, L3C, will present the luncheon keynote address on Tuesday, Oct. 7. Cunningham’s organization is a Washington, DC-based international network for citizen-led regeneration of communities and natural resources, providing tools for crowdsourcing, crowdmapping and crowdfunding. He also has written several books, with his third, “FIXERS: New Leaders for Broken Times,” due for publication in 2015. It documents the global rise of adaptive renewal in today’s climate of uncertainty.

On Wednesday, Oct. 8, Gil Penalosa, executive director of the Canadian nonprofit 8-80 Cities, will deliver the keynote luncheon address. A former commissioner of Parks, Sport and Recreation for the City of Bogota, Colombia, Penalosa is passionate about building cities for everyone and using parks and streets as both public places and avenues of sustainable mobility for walking, cycling and public transit. He has worked on projects with more than 150 cities worldwide, and also is an urban expert on mobility and citizen engagement for the Danish firm, Gehl Architects.

The Growing Sustainable Communities Conference is an opportunity for leaders from local government, businesses, schools and non-profits to learn from experts and colleagues who will share the latest research and best practices for successfully implementing  sustainability projects across a broad spectrum of community disciplines, including healthcare, energy, resource management, environmental services, and urban planning and design.

Workshop topics will include:

  • Fostering social equity
  • Clean energy potential
  • Sustainability technology
  • Urban forestry
  • Fleet management
  • Partnerships with colleges and universities
  • Walkable communities
  • Cultural vibrancy and placemaking
  • Revitalizing brownfields
  • Outdoor LED lighting
  • Energy retrofits
  • Sustainability planning
  • Green building
  • Complete streets
  • Floodplain management
  • Nurturing a sustainable workforce
  • Pavement maintenance planning
  • Effective stakeholder engagement

 

Two optional mobile tours will take a limited number of participants through Dubuque’s historic Washington Neighborhood, which has been a major focus for reinvestment efforts by the City of Dubuque since 2005; and the city’s new Water & Resource Recovery Center, a secondary wastewater treatment facility that uses anaerobic digestion to treat wastewater, generate energy and create a valuable soil amendment.

The conference is also an opportunity for colleagues to network and share ideas during a reception and two luncheons.

Connect with the conference on Twitter at #gscDubuque.

Oct
8
Wed
2014
Dirty Business: “Clean Coal” and the Battle for Our Energy Future @ Shambaugh Auditorium
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Film Screening – Dirty Business: “Clean Coal” and the Battle for Our Energy Future
Shambaugh Auditorium, University of Iowa Main Library

In the digital age, half of our electricity still comes from coal. Dirty Business reveals the true social and environmental costs of coal power and tells the stories of innovators who are pointing the way to a renewable energy future. Guided by Rolling Stone reporter Jeff Goodell, the film examines what it means to remain dependent on a 19th century technology that is the largest single source of greenhouse gases, and features among others: Robert Kennedy Jr., Bill McKibben, Dr. James Hansen, Myron Ebell, Don Blankenship, Joe Lovett, Maria Gunnoe, Dr. Vaclav Smil and Dr. Julio Friedmann.

 

​Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Leslie Gannon at (319) 335-6817 or leslie-gannon@uiowa.edu.

Oct
15
Wed
2014
Student Energy Expo @ Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union
Oct 15 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Student Energy Expo @ Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union | Iowa City | Iowa | United States

Student Energy Expo
Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union

The Student Energy Expo will include a job fair, student poster session, additional showings of Dirty Business, and the EPSCoR Imagine Energy Traveler.

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​Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Leslie Gannon at (319) 335-6817 or leslie-gannon@uiowa.edu.

Debate: Congress should implement a plan to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2030 @ Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Debate – Resolved: That the U.S. Congress should implement a plan to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2030

Mark Jacobson (Stanford University) and Robert Bryce (The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research), along with members of the University of Iowa Student Debate Team, will debate the resolution, Resolved: That the U.S. Congress should implement a plan to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2030.

 

​Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Leslie Gannon at (319) 335-6817 or leslie-gannon@uiowa.edu.

Oct
16
Thu
2014
Meeting the Renewable Energy Challenge Symposium @ Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union
Oct 16 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This symposium takes a broad look at the scientific challenges and policy issues surrounding renewable energy, with special reference to Iowa and the Midwest.  Should the government support a shift from nonrenewable to renewable sources of energy?  Will shifting toward renewables decrease the pace of climate change or make us more energy secure? What are the technical barriers to rapidly increasing our reliance on renewable energy?  What policy changes are necessary or desirable in order to promote renewable energy growth?  Topics covered will include infrastructure development (e.g. wind farms; transmission lines), biofuels, emerging environmental problems, and distributed energy policy.

The event will include a student-focused day (October 15), with opportunities for students to learn and share information about their own research related to renewable energy and related topics.

Please check back for more information as plans develop.

 

​Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Leslie Gannon at (319) 335-6817 or leslie-gannon@uiowa.edu.

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