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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 28, 2014

Event planned to help change national policy on climate change

Sep 24, 2013

The Iowa Sustainable Business Alliance and the American Sustainable Business Council invite concerned and interested business and civic leaders, educators and professionals to help change national policy on climate change by acting locally.

A free public event to discuss the impact of the changing climate on Iowa’s agriculture, business and energy needs, some strategies for dealing with changes and for inspiring Congress to action is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Green Building Supply.

The event is being held concurrently with 10 other similar events across the United States. Attendees will have the option to sign on to a public letter to be published nationally by ASBC announcing the businesses, educators, professionals, nonprofits and individuals strongly support rapid action and sustainable programs to address climate change. This is in line with ISBA strategy of effecting change through numbers.

Speakers will include Francis Thicke, Robbie Gongwer, Robert Yoder and more.

Thicke is the owner/operator of Radiance Dairy, an organic, grass-based dairy near Fairfield, with on-farm processing facilities where cream-line milk, whipping cream, yogurt and cheese are produced. He has a doctorate degree in agronomy and worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., serving as the national program leader for soil science for the USDA-Extension Service. Thicke and his wife Susan returned to full-time farming in 1992.

Gongwer is co-owner of Ideal Energy. The Ideal Energy team has been leading the sustainability revolution for more than 20 years through educational programs, off-grid village design, high performance building design, sustainable solutions for remote regions and installation of renewable energy systems. They design and install clean, safe renewable energy systems and advise on overall energy performance.

Yoder is owner of Yoder’s Natural Farm of Bloomfield. Yoder’s Natural Meats has been certified as Animal Welfare Approved, a rigorous standard of animal husbandry to achieve. He uses heritage breeds of cattle and chickens and employs them in an integrated manner which mimics nature’s way of succession in the food chain.

Plus, the Iowa Sustainable Business Alliance and the American Sustainable Business Council want to hear from area citizens: “What are your concerns? What have you been doing to address climate change for your business or profession?”

Organizers say an impact can be made by simply standing up and being counted.

Locally made pies topped with organic Radiance Dairy cream will be served.

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