Iowa-based and National Sustainability Resources:
Founded in 1994, Project Owlnet facilitates communication, cooperation and innovation among a rapidly growing network of hundreds of owl-migration researchers in North America and abroad. By providing standardized methodologies, information on capture techniques, ageing and sexing resources, analytical tools, data archiving and other services, Project Owlnet makes it easier for ornithologists to lift the veil on owl movements and biology. The listserve, SAWWHETNET, provides a forum to share questions and provide answers.
Southern Iowa Oak Savanna Alliance (SIOSA)
A non-profit organization involved in the preservation and conservation of Iowa’s oak savanna, oak woodland and prairie ecosystem. SIOSA's mission is to promote community awareness and restore public and private lands to re-establish the oak savanna landscape that once dominated the countryside more than 50 years ago. Organized in 2004, SIOSA continues to work in partnership with the public, multiple federal agencies and conservation authorities to secure funds to enhance Iowa's natural landscape.
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
AASHE is helping to create a brighter future of opportunity for all by advancing sustainability in higher education. By creating a diverse community engaged in sharing ideas and promising practices, AASHE provides administrators, faculty, staff and students, as well as the business that serve them, with: thought leadership and essential knowledge resources; outstanding opportunities for professional development; and a unique framework for demonstrating the value and competitive edge created by sustainability initiatives.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides this fact sheet and other resources on rain gardens, how they greatly assist with water infiltration and stormwater runoff in urban areas. Here you will find the Iowa Rain Garden Design and Installation Manual.
Center for a New American Dream
The Center for a New American Dream helps Americans to reduce and shift their consumption to improve quality of life, protect the environment and promote social justice. Since its founding in 1997, New Dream has raised awareness of the negative impact of a hyper-consumer culture. Their focus on the connections between consumption, quality of life and the environment has made New Dream unique among environmental and progressive groups.
350.org's mission is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis using online campaigns, grassroots organizing and mass public actions led from the bottom up, by thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries. 350 means climate safety. To preserve our planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 392 parts per million to below 350 ppm. But 350 is more than a number—it's a symbol of where we need to head as a planet. 350.org works hard to organize in a new way—everywhere at once, using online tools to facilitate strategic offline action.
Tomorrow Starts Today
Being a responsible corporate citizen is at the core of Sodexo's business as they work in areas such as sustainability, diversity and inclusion, wellness and the fight against hunger. In order to incorporate sustainable initiatives in 80 countries, 30,600 sites, and with 380,000 employees, Sodexo has created "The Better Tomorrow Plan." The Better Tomorrow Plan details 14 commitments. Each commitment will have a measurable target for progress over the next ten years and the results will be publicly reported against those targets. With these commitments, they will work together with clients, suppliers and customers to protect and restore the environment, support local community development and promote health and wellness.
Iowa Association of County Conservation Boards
IACCB is a nonprofit organization assisting member county conservation boards in areas of board member education, public relations and legislation. The association's main purposes are to promote the objectives and supplement the activities of conservation boards, exchange information, assist boards and members in program development and provide a unified voice in the legislature. The IACCB is governed by a nine-member board elected by member counties. All 99 counties are currently members of IACCB.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
The DNR manages fish and wildlife programs, ensures the health of Iowa's forests and prairies, and provides recreational opportunities in Iowa's state parks. Just as importantly, the DNR carries out state and federal laws that protect air, land and water through technical assistance, permitting and compliance programs. The DNR also encourages the enjoyment and stewardship of natural resources among Iowans through outreach and education. The DNR's mission: to conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life for Iowans and ensure a legacy for future generations.
Iowa Bicycle Coalition
The Iowa Bicycle Coalition is an exciting organization working to promote Iowa cycling as safe and enjoyable recreation and transportation. The 501(c)(3) non-profit group was launched by bicycling advocates from across Iowa and will unite the voices of road riders, mountain bikers, recreation riders, commuters and anyone else who prefers a bicycle for recreation and transportation.
U Car Share
U Car Share® allows you access to a vehicle by the hour without the hassle of gas, insurance, parking fees and maintenance costs. For information about GU's program, see here.
COMPOSTING101.com is a primer on the making and using of compost. Here, you'll find all you need to know to start making nature's perfect soil amendment. Want to learn even more composting? Go to COMPOSTERconnection.com for detailed information and inside tips from successful composters. Want to skip the course and get started now? Choose from a large selection of compost bins available here.
Buy Fresh Buy Local
Buy Fresh, Buy Local Iowa (BFBL) is part of a nationwide network that promotes local foods with the overall goal to increase activity in local food systems at all levels: farms, markets, retail establishments and institutions. We bring together many interests: local economic development, sustainable agriculture, public health, food safety among others along with a great respect for delicious fresh foods. Local chapters are organized to represent small regions of the state--the area residents or visitors might travel seeking out the best apple orchard, meat locker, diner, farmers market, vineyard or restaurant. Chapters conduct annual membership drives, publish local foods directories and host events that bring food producers and consumers closer together. The purpose of BFBL Iowa is to create a statewide marketing campaign to encourage the connections among locally grown food, the farmers who raise it, and the consumers who eat it.