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Initiatives by topic

Biodiversity

The ecology of the state of Iowa has been heavily affected by agricultural production, but remaining natural areas reflect a wide varieties of environmental niches. [1]

Whiterock Conservancy, (Wikipedia): 501(c)(3) land trust located in west-central Iowa that stewards over 4,000 acres of contiguous land located in the Middle Raccoon River watershed, and an additional 1,000 non-contiguous land located in the Brushy and Middle Raccoon River watersheds. The Whiterock landscape almost exclusively made possible by an extraordinary planned land gift from the Garst family to Whiterock Conservancy. The landscape is a mosaic of agricultural land, wetlands, preserved prairie and oak savanna, riverine woodlands, and upland forest. The land is used for recreation, environmental conservation, and for the production of agricultural products, and is managed as a working landscape where cultural, environmental, agricultural, and recreational land uses are held in equal importance.

Climate action

Iowa City Climate Advocates

Community energy

Wikipedia:

Solar power in Iowa: Solar power in Iowa on rooftops can provide 20% of all electricity used in Iowa.
Wind power in Iowa: Iowa is a leading U.S. state in wind power generation with 27.4% of the state's electricity generation coming from wind in 2013. At the end of 2013, wind power in Iowa had 5,137 megawatts (MW) of capacity, third only to Texas and California.

Cycling activism

Wikipedia: Cycling in Iowa (category)

Food activism

Resources: Creating change in the food system, The role of regional food networks in Iowa, March 2012 (PDF)

Open spaces

There is a dearth of natural areas in Iowa; less than 1% of the tallgrass prairie that once covered most of Iowa remain intact, only about 5% of the state's prairie pothole wetlands remain, and most of the original forest has been lost. Iowa ranks 49th of U.S. states in public land holdings. [2]

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation

Sustainable transport activism

Wikipedia: Hiking trails in Iowa (category)

News and comment

2015

Iowa’s Climate-Change Wisdom, November 20 [3]

Resources

Citizens data initiative

Energy Data & Statistics for Iowa, from the U.S. Department of Energy

Interwiki links

Wikipedia: Iowa, Environment of Iowa

External links


References

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