1000 Friends of Iowa’s Best Development Awards – Become a sponsor!
Iowa communities are facing turning points; how they move forward impacts Iowa for generations to come.
Showcasing Iowa’s very best works raises the bar, encouraging and inspiring tomorrow’s efforts to higher levels of sustainability.
With 15 years of project winners and more to come, the Best Development Awards create a platform of sustainable growth models that are innovative, economically viable, and serve their communities well.
The Best Development Awards recognizes projects in 12 categories:
- Residential – New, Renovated
- Commercial – New, Renovated
- Civic – New, Renovated
- Mixed Use Space
- Innovative Leadership
- Storm Water Management
- Transportation/Complete Streets
- Renewable Energy
- Urban Placemaking/Green Space
Timeline: Award nominations open September 1, 2017. Nominees are judged by independent jurors in December and the awards ceremony is January 16, 2018.
Your generous, tax-deductible sponsorship gift will enable us to amplify awareness of innovative development works and further inspire residents, cities, businesses, and organizations to do well by Iowa’s resources.
Won’t you become a sponsor today?
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To see and read more about winners, check out The Iowan Magazine feature on 2015 winners: http://bit.ly/29SV8Xh and go to http://1000friendsofiowa.org/our- programs/best-development-awards/
For over 18 years, 1000 Friends of Iowa has been working to address land use issues in Iowa. One of the first tactics our early founders used to draw attention to land use issues across the state was by putting up Farm-a-Save signs along well traveled roads.
18 years later, the familiar signs are still letting motorists know that there is a better way! Recently, the signs that are on the south side of Interstate 80 near Earlham got an upgrade with new signs.
Co-founder LaVon Griffieon has recently re-painted and created fresh signs that are ready to go to their new homes!
If you are interested in hosting a set of Farm-a-Save signs, here is what you need to know:
- Pick a strip of land along a well-traveled roadway, or empty store front windows.
- In order to ensure passerby’s can read the signs, the signs should be spaced 90 feet apart with a total length of 360 feet.
- Choose the set of signs you want, based on what is relevant for your area
- To the earth/make amends/park your car/bike with friends
- These old buildings/Still got magic/their destruction/would be tragic
- Urban sprawl/ain’t too pretty/save our farms/build in the city
- Urban growth/on rural ground/how ‘bout raising/hogs downtown
- Wal-marts and roads/Sprout up like weeds/and our tax dollars/are the seeds
- Keep our mainstreets/strong and healthy/when we buy local/our towns stay wealthy
- These lovely hills/unique beyond measure/time is a ticking/to save such a treasure
- You can pick up the signs or we can deliver to you.
- Once installed, keep the area mowed or free of weeds, shrubs, etc that will block the view of the signs.
- Take pictures and send them to us! We’ll let others know where they can see the signs at!
For more information or to get your get of signs contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 515-288-5364.
Healthy soil is one of the Earth’s most diverse habitats. In celebration, the United Nations has declared this year as International Year of Soils. We also think healthy soil deserves more attention, and have launched a new web page with links to facts and resources about soil. We’ll add to it throughout the year: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/year-of-soils
1000 Friends of Iowa Treasurer, LaVon Griffieon, is mentioned in an Earth Island Journal article.
Title: Our food systems are changing for the better thanks to a rising crop of women farmers.
Written by: Sena Christian.
Click link to see the full article, http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/eij/article/unconventional_agriculture/.
The first coordinated study of food hub development in Iowa shows that food hubs play a significant role in the state’s local and regional food economy. According to the study, thirteen food hubs purchased $4.5 million in food from more than 450 Iowa farmers and supported 58 jobs. Further, it posits that if the sample businesses were representative of all 31 food hubs and centers of food hub-related activity in the state, Iowa food hubs could be handling more than $10 million of locally grown food in the state! Read the full report.
NPR The Salt, February 2, 2015
Here’s How to End Iowa’s Great Nitrate Fight by Dan Charles
Three weeks ago, Sara Carlson was driving to her job in Ames, Iowa, when she turned on the radio and heard me talking about nitrates in Iowa’s water.
“And I was like, ‘I really hope he nails this,’ ” she says.
This topic is Carlson’s specialty. She works with a group called Practical Farmers of Iowa. These farmers are devoted to farming in ways that protect the environment.
Read the entire article.
We can solve this by Art Cullen
Storm Lake Times, January 28, 2015
We were encouraged to report Friday that virtually everyone involved in a potential lawsuit over nitrate levels in the Raccoon River is interested in some sort of negotiated settlement. We were especially interested in hearing from Buena Vista County Attorney Dave Patton and Des Moines Water Works CEO Bill Stowe that they agree that we have an issue that needs to be sorted out short of a courtroom. If those two people could meet in a room for an hour or two we would bet there would be some sort of outline for a deal.
Read the entire editorial.
What is a livable community, anyway?
by Robert Steuteville, Better Cities & Towns
A walkable community is the most common term to describe the alternative to drive-only suburbia. Walkability is easy to explain but uninspiring. Walking is so basic to human life that we often take it for granted. Perhaps a better term is livability.
Quad City Times, September 17, 2014
by Tony Thompson and Jennifer Terry
Farmers are “stewards of the land”. Most Iowans have heard this expression growing up—the notion that farmers responsibly care for the land in order to leave it better than they found it for future generations. These are the true environmentalists, and there are still Iowa farmers who fit the stewardship image.
Many Iowa farmers have been practicing good stewardship on their land for decades—sometimes with, sometimes without government incentives. They use their own money to build wetlands and ponds in order to create habitat and keep rain water—and the soil and nutrients it carries with it—from washing onto their neighbor’s fields. They ensure there are buffers alongside streams, and they plant crops a reasonable distance from waterways. They see the land as more than just a commodity.