Nominations for our Best Development Awards are open from Sept. 1 – Nov. 13, 2017. In addition to the online nomination on our website (search the categories below), there is an application fee. Application fee must be done electronically with this link for acceptiva. Nominators will receive a confirmation by email. The email will have a subject line “Your resume was received for Job (category here).” Do not worry; we know that you are not applying for a job, but nominating a great agency for its wonderful work.
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?
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 email@example.com or call 515-288-5364.
Celebrating 16 Years of Recognizing Smart Growth & Sustainable Development Across Iowa
The Best Development Awards program recognizes cities, companies, nonprofit organizations, and individuals who demonstrate how responsible development and planning practices provide benefits to the community, the environment, and quality of life for future generations. Nominated projects help advance sustainability across our state by considering site placement, design, water efficiency, energy management, materials and resources used, indoor environmental quality, public use, and long-term benefits.
Nominations for the 2017 Awards will open on September 1, 2017.
HOW TO APPLY:
STEP 1: Download the category application (see links below)
STEP 2: Review the awards program and category criteria
STEP 3: Submit your nomination by the Nov. 15th deadline
Entry Fee: $50
Pay entry fee online by clicking here or make checks payable to: 1000 Friends of Iowa 3850 Merle Hay Road, Suite 605 Des Moines, IA 50310 (Please note Best Development Awards entry fee)
2017 Categories (Click the specific category for its application)
Questions? Contact: Awards@1000friendsofiowa.org
Now more than ever we must raise awareness of people doing great things in our communities. We are facing a critical time when our water, land, air, and climate are so threatened by the impacts of poor land use decisions — it is imperative that we work to promote efforts that are doing it right. Because we know that smart land use and sustainable communities are more that just buildings, we’ve added three new categories this year:
- Renewable Energy, including solar and wind for commercial and residential properties
- Transportation/Complete Streets, including walkability and bicycle-friendly measures that cut the dependency on fossil fuels and decrease sprawl
- Placemaking/Green Space, which turn blight and poor planning into a living vision
Want to sponsor the 2017 Best Development Awards?
Get information here, including sponsorship benefits.
1000 Friends of Iowa established the Best Development Awards in 2001 to showcase development projects and programs in Iowa that best reflect the principles of smart growth, sustainability, and uphold the mission of 1000 Friends of Iowa. We also recognize the efforts of businesses, developers, cities, organizations, and individuals responsible for these projects. The Best Development Awards are selected from a pool of applicants each year and judged by an independent group of jurors. Become a sponsor today!
Protecting topsoil is one of 1000 Friends of Iowa’s highest priorities. In 2015, 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. Because topsoil is so crucial for flood mitigation, carbon sequestering, filtering out pollutants to keep our water clean and for growing the pants and food we depend on; we are turning to local communities to take action to protect our topsoil.
To help communities and Iowa residents take action to adopt topsoil restoration and protection ordinances, 1000 Friends of Iowa has created a handy toolkit with how to’s, talking points and sample ordinances that we like.
Congratulations to both the cities of Clive and Cedar Rapids for being the most recent communities to adopt topsoil restoration ordinances!
In 2017, we will reach out to additional communities around the state to adopt similar ordinances. Our soil is too precious not to.
Let us know if you take this ordinance to your community by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Why it matters:
* Topsoil retention is very important to urban landscapes — growing plants need healthy soil. New homeowners with no topsoil left in place are often faced with very expensive soil remediation to even begin to establish healthy lawns, trees, and gardens. The savings to the building and construction industry (numbers that keep changing and are unsubstantiated) comes at a great cost to the homeowner and to the watershed.
* Rain events quickly wash fertilizers, also called nutrients, off lots that have been stripped of topsoil. This pollutes our rivers, lakes, and streams. Furthermore, it is costly for the landowner who must spend extra money for repeat fertilizer applications. Keeping soil in place contributes to natural storm water management solutions and helps build healthy, green, and more sustainable neighborhoods for future generations.
Stay updated on our topsoil protection actions at www.1000friendsofiowa.org.
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
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.
We can solve this by Art Cullen
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.