Climate-Related Organizations & Websites

Organizations in the Iowa City/Johnson County Area

  • Environmental Advocates
    • “Environmental Advocates was formed in 1987 to make people more aware of local environmental issues and to promote creative solutions to environmental problems. The organization hosts public educational events, works on water quality and other issues, and administers a grant program. Environmental Advocates is a 501(c) nonprofit corporation based in Johnson County, Iowa.”
  • Sierra Club Iowa City Area Group
    • “Inspired by nature, we are your Central Iowa friends and neighbors, working together to protect our community and the planet.”
  • 100 Grannies for a Livable World
    • “To educate, advocate and agitate for renewable energy, pure water, clean air and a healthy environment for future generations.”
  • Iowa City | Sustainability Services
    • “Iowa City is committed to being a leader in sustainable community development. The Sustainability Coordinator helps ensure that our public services and planning efforts are rooted in sustainable principles.”
    • Iowa City | Recycling
  • Backyard Abundance
    • “Backyard Abundance is a leading educational nonprofit residing in Johnson County, Iowa that helps people create beautiful, environmentally-beneficial landscapes that provide healthy food and habitat. Since 2006, we have directly reached thousands of people through experiential classes, presentations, landscape tours, and design consultations.”
  • Bur Oak Land Trust
    • “The Bur Oak Land Trust is a land trust which accepts donations of land from residents and landowners who want their natural areas to be in the public trust, available for present and future generations. The Trust’s conservation options include arranging and holding conservation easements, facilitating the transfers of land from private to public ownership, and advising land owners on donations, sale, and preservation of their land.”
  • Project Green
    • “”A citizen-volunteer nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization that invests in public landscaping projects and promotes environmental awareness in the greater Iowa City area. The group focuses its efforts on beautifying green spaces, parks, major community entryways, roadsides, and median parkways, as well as all public school grounds within the Iowa City Community School District. By working cooperatively with city, county, state, and school district officials, Project GREEN benefits the life of our community by enhancing our natural environment.

Iowa Organizations

  • I-Renew, Iowa Renewable Energy Association
    • Our mission is to make renewable energy the primary source of energy in Iowa. Founded in 1992, The Iowa Renewable Energy Association (I-Renew) is a membership-based, educational non-profit organization. In addition to educational activities, we partner with other non-profit groups in the state to support new policies encouraging renewable energy development. We also work with policy makers, government agencies, and individuals to implement renewable energy programs.”
  • Iowa CCI (Citizens for Community Improvement)
    • “We’re really good at what we do. We’ve:
      • Stopped 100+ factory farms from building or expanding.
      • Forced Iowa to comply with the Clean Water Act!
      • Recovered more than $170,000 in stolen wages for workers in the past three years.
      • And, won strong ordinances to curb the growth of predatory payday lenders in Cedar Rapids, Windsor Heights, Des Moines, West Des Moines, Clive, Ames, Waterloo, Iowa City and Dubuque.”
  • Iowa Energy Center
    • “The Iowa Energy Center supports economic development, environmental sustainability, and social well-being in Iowa through energy innovation, education, and entrepreneurship. We provide Iowans with reliable, objective information on energy and efficiency options.”
  • Iowa Environmental Council
    • “Our mission: A safe, healthy environment and sustainable future for Iowa. Founded in 1995, the Iowa Environmental Council is the largest and most comprehensive environmental coalition in the state. We are a nonpartisan alliance of diverse organizations and individuals working together to protect and preserve Iowa’s environment. Together, we unify Iowans to advocate for clean water & land stewardshipclean energy, and a healthy climate.”
  • Iowa Interfaith Power and Light
    •  “The mission of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light (Iowa IPL) is to inspire and equip people of faith to become leaders finding solutions to climate change. Iowa IPL is a statewide organization that is mobilizing the religious community to become leaders in the movement for climate action through education, assistance with carbon footprints reductions, and advocacy for sustainable energy policies. We are currently working with over 300 congregations and have over 1,900 individuals on our  monthly e-newsletter.”
  • Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
    • “We’re a private nonprofit conservation organization working to ensure Iowans will always have beautiful natural areas – to bike, hike, and paddle – to recharge, relax and refresh – to keep Iowa healthy and vibrant. We’ve helped protect over 140,000 acres of Iowa prairies, woodlands, lakes and rivers and blazed the way for Iowa’s trails.”
  • The Nature Conservancy of Iowa
    • “The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.”
  • Iowa Wind Energy Association
    • “IWEA was incorporated January 1, 2008 as a 501 (c) 6 non-profit corporation with the intent of supporting the growth of the wind industry in Iowa.”
  • Iowa River Friends
    • “The Iowa River Friends is a group of citizens dedicated to enjoying, protecting, and improving the Iowa River watershed. We promote educational events and forums and provide opportunities to help people enjoy and appreciate the Iowa River.”
  • Practical Farmers of Iowa
    • “Practical Farmers of Iowa’s mission is to strengthen farms and communities through farmer-led investigation and information sharing.”
  • Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT)
    • “We are seeking donations of land and easements across Iowa, working with landowners to meet their needs and goals while preserving land to grow healthy food for good. Landowners can retain use and income from their land until they no longer need it under certain circumstances.”

National and International Organizations

  • Citizen’s Climate Lobby (CCL)
    • CCL is an international organization lobbying for a revenue-neutral fee on carbon–they are our “parent organization” (Iowa City Climate Advocates is the Iowa City chapter of CCL). CCL hosts an international conference in Washington, D.C. every June.
  • League of Conservation Voters
    • “LCV works to turn environmental values into national, state and local priorities. LCV, in collaboration with our state LCV partners, advocates for sound environmental laws and policies, holds elected officials accountable for their votes and actions, and elects pro-environment candidates who will champion our priority issues.”
  • 350.org
    • “Climate-focused campaigns, projects and actions led from the bottom-up by people in 188 countries. Email is how 350 connects.”
  • Carbon Cycle Institute
    • “Land management is the second largest contributor to carbon dioxide emissions on planet earth. Agriculture is the ONE sector that has the ability to transform from a net emitter of CO2 to a net sequesterer of CO2 — there is no other human managed realm with this potential. Common agricultural practices, including driving a tractor, tilling the soil, over-grazing, using fossil fuel based fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides result in significant carbon dioxide release. Alternatively, carbon can be stored long term (decades to centuries or more) beneficially in soils in a process called soil carbon sequestration. Carbon Farming involves implementing practices that are known to improve the rate at which CO2 is removed from the atmosphere and converted to plant material and/or soil organic matter.”
  • B Corps
    • B Corps companies use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. “Our vision is simple yet ambitious: people using business as a force for good.”
  • Climate Changers
    • “Sharing what individuals from around the world are saying and doing is an effective path to address the challenges of climate change and actually begin to create a better future for all. This is what Climate Changers is all about.”

Climate Change Reference

  • Updating the Climate Science: What Path is the Real World Following? (Makiko Sato & James Hansen)
    • “Our aim is to help people understand global climate change — and how the factors that drive climate are changing.”
  • Center for Biological Diversity
    • “At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.”
  • U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
    • “The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the international body for assessing the science related to climate change. The IPCC was set up in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to provide policymakers with regular assessments of the scientifc basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation.”

Individual Carbon Reduction

Politics, Legislators

  • www.govtrack.us
    • “GovTrack is the only website that provides free research, tracking, and analytics on the daily activities of the United States Congress. “

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