SAU CFDD
Jun 272012
 

Sustainable Clinton will welcome Iowa Environmental Council outreach director Matt Hauge and Clean Air Muscatine executive director Jessica Brackett for a discussion about how Iowans are getting involved in the public policy process to protect the environment and our health, safety and quality of life.

The event will be held on Sunday, July 1, at 2 p.m. at The Canticle – home of the Sisters of St. Francis, 841 13th Ave. N. in Clinton. The program is free and open to all.

Hauge will present a summary of action the Iowa Legislature took this year on environmental issues and explain how members and friends of Sustainable Clinton can connect with the Iowa Environmental Council to stay informed and take action on important natural resource and conservation issues—from keeping local waterways and the Mississippi River clean and healthy to supporting development of renewable energy in Iowa.

Brackett will share her experiences leading Clean Air Muscatine, a local group that is taking action to clean up the air in and around Muscatine, Iowa, by holding polluters accountable and organizing the community to combat the health and quality-of-life impacts of poor air quality.

The event will also include time for community members to discuss their own environmental interests and concerns.

Matt Hauge joined the Council staff in November 2011, having previously served as a water program intern and annual conference coordinator for the organization. An Iowa native, Matt holds a B.A. in journalism and American studies from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Missouri.

The Iowa Environmental Council is an independent, nonprofit alliance of diverse organizations and individuals working together to protect Iowa’s natural environment.  The group’s mission is a safe, healthy environment and sustainable future for Iowa. The council focuses on public education and coalition building to give Iowans a voice on issues that affect their quality of life.  It strives to protect Iowa’s natural resources for current and future generations.

The Sustainable Clinton organization was initiated by the Sisters of St. Francis and unites concerned community members in taking action to make the Clinton area a more environmentally viable place to live.

For details on this event, call the Sisters of St. Francis at (563) 242-7611 or visit www.ClintonFranciscans.com.

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