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October 2016

Rural Creative Placemaking Summit

October 12, 2016 - October 14, 2016
University of Iowa Iowa City, IA United States + Google Map

You’re invited to the University of Iowa to join this cross-sector collaboration aimed to elevate intercultural perspectives and build policy presence for deeper consideration of rural creative placemaking. Held October 12-14, 2016 at the University of Iowa, this gathering will share reflections from Regional Network members, connect lessons across geographies, and present a sustained argument for the centrality of rural creative placemaking – as a field, and as a strategy for development and community sustainability. For the schedule of events…

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The Iowa Chapter of Sierra Club Annual Dinner

October 15, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Collegiate Presbyterian Church, 159 Sheldon Ave.
Ames, IA 50014 United States
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Please join the Iowa Chapter of Sierra Club for a day of food, conversation, interesting ideas, and celebration for the Iowa Chapter’s Annual Dinner.  The dinner will be local and sustainably produced foods prepared by the extraordinary chef, Donna Prizgintas. Donna was the personal chef to many well-known Hollywood stars including Warren Beatty, Annette Bennng and Norman Lear. Two engaging speakers include Alison Hawthorne Deming, a compelling essayist and poet. You may have read her work in Sierra.  She will be…

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Walkability Lecture: Author Jeff Speck in Iowa City

October 24, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St.
Iowa City, 52240 United States
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Jeff Speck, author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time will speak Monday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City. The event is free and open to the public. Speck is a city planner and urban designer who advocates for more sustainable cities. In his latest book, Walkable City, Speck writes that creating a walkable city is more than constructing sidewalks. Instead, the urban…

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Iowa Energy Summit

October 25, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - October 26, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Prairie Meadows Conference & Event Center, 1 Prairie Meadows Dr.
Altoona, IA 50009 United States
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Join The Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency (IAEE) from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 for the Emerging Professionals Workshop.  The workshop is open to all industry professionals – whether you’re “breaking in” or an “old hat” this added event will have something for you.  Learn more about the workshop here. Dr. Holmes Hummel will kick off the Summit as keynote speaker.  Dr. Hummel is the founder of Clean Energy Works which "connects champions of energy efficiency and renewable energy with resources…

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November 2016

Nitrogen: Streams, Society & Statewide Impact

November 1, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Science Center of Iowa, 401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy.
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
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Join the Science Center of Iowa as they explore the delicate relationship between nitrogen’s necessity and the societal implications of excess nitrogen on ourselves and our landscapes with Dr. Peter Levi. Dr. Peter Levi is an assistant professor in environmental science and policy at Drake University. His research investigates patterns and processes in freshwater ecosystems, combining physical, chemical, and biological measurements to understand the connections between the components of these dynamic ecosystems. Dr. Levi's current projects seek to explain the controls…

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Lecture: Author Margaret Atwood

November 1, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
ISU Memorial Union, 2229 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50011 United States
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Iowa State University presents “Fiction, the Future and Environmental Crisis,” a lecture by Margaret Atwood, revered author, poet and environmental activist whose more than forty books include "The Handmaid's Tale," "The Blind Assassin," and the MaddAddam trilogy featuring "Oryx and Crake." The lecture is free and open to the public. Find more information here, http://www.event.iastate.edu/event/38426

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Connect Downtown Public Meetings

November 2, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Downtown Des Moines Public Library, 1000 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
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The Urban Land Institute Iowa, Greater Des Moines Partnership, and City of Des Moines will host two public meetings on Nov. 2  at noon to 1 pm or 6 to 7:30 pm at the Downtown Public Library. Speakers include walkability consultant/author Jeff Speck and the engineering firm Nelson/Nygaard. Share your ideas and concerns on how the city can improve walkability, transit, driving, and bicycle access in downtown Des Moines. For more information about the two public meetings, click here. To learn more about Jeff…

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Women, Food & Ag Network Annual Conference

November 4, 2016 @ 9:00 am - November 5, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
Lied Lodge and Conference Center,, 2700 Sylvan Rd.
Nebraska City, IA 68410 United States
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The Women, Food and Ag Network 2016 annual conference is set for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5, at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center, Nebraska City, Neb. The conference theme is Women, Culture, and Permaculture: Making a Living in Harmony with the Land, featuring keynote speaker Karryn Olson-Ramanujan. Learn more and register for the conference at the WFAN conference website at http://www.wfan.org/2016-wfan-annual-conference/

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Water, Prairies, & Climate Change: Iowa’s Environment in Historical Perspective

November 8, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Old Capitol Museum, Senate Chamber, 21 N Clinton St.
Iowa City, IA 52242 United States
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Iowa has been called the most radically transformed environment in the U.S. How has this transformation affected Iowa, the Midwest, and beyond? What will the future bring as climate change influences Iowa? How has Iowa contributed to climate change? Author Connie Mutel and UI School of Urban and Regional Planning Director Chuck Connerly talk about their mutual interest in the history and future of Iowa’s environment and its connections to global climate change. Click here for more information.

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Women Caring for the Land

November 10, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Stanhope Library, 665 Iowa St.
Stanhope, IA 50246 United States
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Women Caring for the Land incorporates a women-only, peer-to-peer informal discussion alongside an afternoon visit to see and discuss conservation practices in action. As estimates indicate that women now own or co-own nearly half the farmland in the Midwest, many wonder whether they are doing all they can to improve soil and water quality while maintaining high agricultural productivity. Maintaining healthy soil is the key to productivity and environmental health for our farmland. Women landowners who attend this meeting will…

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