Elevate: Creating an Environment of Action Conference

By Rachel on September 29, 2015 in Blog


Credit: Iowa Environmental Council

The Iowa Environmental Council is hosting it’s 2015 annual conference this Friday Oct. 2 at Drake University. The theme of this year’s conference is Elevate: Creating an Environment of Action. It is also the 20th anniversary of the conference.

The keynote speaker is Chad Pregracke, CNN’s 2013 Hero of the Year. He is founder and president of Living Lands and Waters, a river clean-up and conservation nonprofit. Pregracke is best known for his care of the Mississippi River, but Living Lands and Waters has organized over 800 river clean-up sessions across the nation.

Other notable speakers include: Dennis Keeney, first Director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Dr. Jerry L. Hatfield, Laboratory Director, USDA–ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture & the Environment; and Jacqui Patterson, Director, NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program.

Breakout session topics include “Protecting Water, Air and Land with Legal Tools” and “Communicating the Climate Opportunity.”

The conference will begin at 8 a.m. with registration and exhibitors, and ends at 4 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee. The full schedule can be viewed here.

Registration is available online. Special rates are available for students and Iowa Environmental Council members. This conference is also approved for 3.75 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credit.

We hope to see you there to talk, learn, and take action!