2008 IOWA SIERRA CLUB AWARDS

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WALL RECEIVES COMMENDATION AWARD

       The Iowa Chapter of Sierra Club recently recognized Don Wall of Ames by awarding him its Commendation Award at the chapter's Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration north of Ames.  

    In addition to paying bills and tracking donations, the job of treasurer requires keeping up with policies and laws pertaining to chapter funding and ensuring the chapter complies with 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) funding.  The treasurer’s position also requires filing laborious reports to the National office for tax purposes and coordinating with Group treasurers to make sure that their reports are also timely.

    Thanks, Don, for all you've done to support our chapter!

  

         Don Wall (right) was presented with the Iowa Chapter of Sierra Club’s Commendation Award.  Jerry Neff, member of the Executive Committee, presented the award at the Chapter’s Annual Meeting  and Awards Celebration.  

 

HUDSON ZONING ADMINISTRATOR RECEIVES IOWA SIERRA CLUB’S PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

    Tahirah Elliott, the Zoning Administrator for the city of Hudson, recently accepted the Iowa Chapter of Sierra Club’s Public Service Award.    

    Elliott was recognized for her willingness to support sustainable land use and to speak out against development plans; to fight the drumbeat that every proposal brought before a city must be approved in order to encourage economic development. Her courage in speaking out about planning and zoning issues in her city and to point out violations of her city’s land use plan and zoning policies are rare in Iowa. As part of her statement to the city council she said, “We cannot wear blinders concerning the issue of sprawl.  Our perspective must be greater than the immediate future and we must not take into account only one factor, our present economic situation.  We cannot be short-sighted and we need to realize what the actual cost of this development is.”  She initiated the process of developing a new comprehensive plan for the city that will include public input as part of the process.

    The Chapter’s Public Service award is presented to a legislative or governmental employee or appointee who has contributed significantly to environmental issues directly affecting Iowa.

 

    Tahirah Elliott (right) receives the Iowa Chapter of Sierra Club Public Service award for her support of sustainable land use and opposition to development plans.  Chapter Executive Committee members Wally Taylor (left) and Jane Clark presented the award.

 

PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD PRESENTED TO DR. WILLIAM STIGLIANI

    Dr. Bill Stigliani was recognized for his ongoing work on air quality and environmental health. As a result of his study on the health effects that a 750-megawatt coal plant in Black Hawk County could have on people of all ages, in 2008 the Black Hawk County Board of Health voted to support a statewide moratorium on new coal-fired power plants. The report also recommended that county boards of health be part of the monitoring and permitting process. Dr. Stigliani has presented this information to numerous civic groups and other county boards of health and he continues his dedication to public services—sustainability, energy, recycling, public health, land use, and waste management.

    Dr. Stigliani currently is on sabbatical  at the Lund University Center for Sustainable Studies [LUCSUS] in Lund, Sweden, and was unable to attend.  His wife, Marie, accepted the award on his behalf.

 

TURNER RECEIVES GRASSROOTS ACTIVIST AWARD

       JulieTurner recently was recognized for her grassroots efforts organizing to oppose the proposed damming of the South Raccoon River to create a privately developed lake in Dallas County. The dam would have flooded much of the natural areas along the river valley and when Julie Turner heard about the project, she and Kay Martin contacted people and organizations who might be able to help with the fight to stop the ruination of the Middle Raccoon, South Raccoon and Panther Creek. They organized attendance at meetings, studied what sort of barriers might be found to stop the project, and they challenged the assumptions and misinformation put out by the developers. Julie created a contact list and a website and organized neighbors to plan a strategy and the Friends of the Raccoon River Valley was born. The developers withdrew their offers for land in the area and apparently have folded their tent but Julie continues to lead the organization which is on guard against other assaults to the Raccoon River.

    The Grassroots Activist Award may be presented to an individual whose contributions have resulted in significant change regarding the environment in a local community.

 

    Julie Turner accepted the Grassroots Activist award from Iowa Chapter of Sierra Club Executive Committee Member Jim Riggs at the chapter's Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration held recently north of Ames.

 

WENCK ACCEPTS SIERRA CLUB GRASSROOTS ACTIVIST AWARD

The Iowa Chapter of Sierra Club recently recognized John Wenck for his grassroots efforts to organize, clean up and protect the Des Moines River and its water trail.  John produced a video of the Des Moines River Cleanup, helped to plan the River Run Garbage Grab and also helped create kiosks about the new Des Moines River Water Trail in Polk County. As the vice president of Iowa Whitewater Coalition (IWC), he has helped spread awareness about the dangers of low-head dams on Iowa’s rivers.  He promotes getting more people out to experience the beauty of Iowa’s rivers and to realize the need to restore and protect them through his photography, saying “Iowa is so beautiful when seen from her rivers.” John has also been very active in opposing the NW 26th Street Interchange and MLK Extension through the Des Moines River Valley.

        The Grassroots Activist Award may be presented to an individual whose contributions have resulted in significant change regarding the environment in a local community.

 

John Wenck recently received the Iowa Chapter of Sierra Club's Grassroots Activist award for his efforts to clean up and protect the Des Moines River and its water trail.

 

FORTNEY PRESENTED IOWA SIERRA CLUB AWARD

Robin Fortney was recognized for her grassroots efforts to organize the Des Moines River “River Run Garbage Grab.”  Robin held many committee meetings over the past two years, reaching out to volunteers and to businesses, seeking contributions to cover the many expenses involved in a clean-up of this size and organizing all the logistics for the event.  Through Robin’s planning, hundreds of volunteers have removed tons of trash from the Des Moines River in 2007 and 2008.  Cleaning up the Des Moines River and its trails in Polk County reconnects people to an often overlooked natural resource.  Everyone who volunteered walked away with a renewed respect for the river and its greenway, and many realized for the first time how much the river needs our help.

        The Grassroots Activist Award may be presented to an individual whose contributions have resulted in significant change regarding the environment in a local community.

Robin Fortney received the Iowa Chapter of Sierra Club's Grassroots Activist Award.  Chapter Vice Chair Jane Clark presented the award. 

 

I-SOARR RECOGNIZED BY IOWA SIERRA CLUB

    The Iowa Chapter of Sierra Club recently presented representatives from Iowans for Saving our Attractive Rural Resources (I-SOARR) its Grassroots Activist Award for organizing supporters to challenge plans by Johnson County Engineering Department to widen and realign a rural roads near the Coralville Reservoir.  The area proposed for widening and realigning is heavily wooded, with some farming areas and the road with gentle curves is regularly used by bicyclists.  Neighbors, plus some Iowa City residents, banded together to challenge the plan.  They were successful in convincing the county supervisors to contract for an independent study, and when the process did not include open meetings that resulted in a final version of the study that was far different from the first draft, ISOARR members worked to change the membership of the Board of Supervisors and to begin a legal challenge of the closed meeting.

 

Tom Carsner (right) and Larry Meyers accepted the Grassroots Activist award on behalf of I-SOARR.  Jane Clark, Iowa Chapter vice chair, presented the award.

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