1000 Friends of Iowa, founded in 1998, is a statewide nonprofit organization focused on land use education. Our mission is to unite Iowans in efforts to protect farmland & natural areas, revitalize neighborhoods, towns & cities and improve quality of life for future generations.
Oppose Senate File 2311 This bill undermines Iowa’s clean energy leadership by effectively end utility energy efficiency programs, allowing new charges on solar customers, and removing consumer protections and oversight. This bill will increase energy costs, threaten nearly 21,000 solar and energy efficiency jobs, reduce consumer choice, and increase reliance on fossil fuels. Iowa … Continue reading Talking Points to Oppose SF 2311→
Right now, making it’s way through the Iowa State House is a horrible bill – Senate File (SF) 2311 (formerly SSB 3093). The bill has passed out of committee and is expected to be up for debate on Monday, February 26 on the floor. This bill has sweeping changes that essentially deregulates utilities in Iowa, leaving … Continue reading Bad Energy Bill threatens Solar, Energy Efficiency.→
1000 Friends of Iowa is pleased to celebrate the winners of the 2017 Best Development Awards. The Awards Program showcases projects that exemplify the connections between building, land, and natural resource development and quality of life. With a mission focused on responsible land use, 1000 Friends of Iowa promotes smart growth planning principles that help … Continue reading Celebrate smart development→
1000 Friends of Iowa proudly announces eleven recipients as its Best Development Award winners of 2017. Five independent jurors from across the state selected projects that implement the efficient use of our resources to develop sustainable communities that provide a high quality of life. The 2017 Best Development Award winners are listed below (category, winner, … Continue reading 2017 Best Development Award Winners→
Edited Nov. 29, 2017: Thank you for your interest! Nominations closed on Nov 17, 2017. Please join us for the Awards Ceremony. Everyone is welcome to attend our Awards Ceremony to celebrate our winners — Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. A light lunch will be served at the beautiful Capitol Rotunda beforehand. Want to do more … Continue reading 2017 Best Development Award Nominations→
Protecting topsoil is one of 1000 Friends of Iowa's highest priorities. Last fall, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Commission gutted the requirement to maintain at least 4 inches of topsoil on residential construction sites, and we are turning to individual communities to take action. The City of Clive is in … Continue reading Iowa communities moving forward with topsoil rules.→
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