Environmental Lobby Day: Let Your Voice Be Heard

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Join INHF & representatives from environmental groups across the state at the Iowa State Capitol building on Tues., March 22 to advocate for Iowa’s land, water and wildlife. Iowans will have the chance to speak to legislators about why Iowa’s natural resources are vital to the state, its residents and its economy.

Event details:

WHAT IS ENVIRONMENTAL LOBBY DAY?
Each year, organizations and individuals from across the state come together at the Capitol to speak with legislators about the importance of protecting and preserving Iowa’s natural resources at Environmental Lobby Day and REAP Day at the Capitol. Speaking face-to-face with legislators and showing that there is a broad base of support for a healthy environment is one of the most important ways to help advance programs and policies that protect Iowa’s water, land and air.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

8:30 AM – Exhibitor check-in opens up in the rotunda
Organizations must preregister to exhibit
8:30 AM – Citizen lobbyist training
Room 19 (backup location in cafeteria)
Handouts and talking points will be provided at the Citizen Lobbyist Training and available at the Iowa Environmental Council’s booth; look for our display near the middle of the rotunda

9:00 AM – Exhibits open in the rotunda, legislator visits begin
Council staff are happy to assist you with legislator visits
9:45 AM – Speaker program in the rotunda
Speakers:

  • Sen. David Johnson (R-Ocheyedan)
  • Rep. John Forbes (D-Urbandale)
  • Jeneane Moody (Iowa Public Health Assoc.)
  • Joe McGovern (Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation)
  • Ralph Rosenberg (Iowa Environmental Council)

1:00 PM – Exhibit hours end
Organizations tear down their displays

Please note: Lunch is available in the statehouse cafeteria on the ground floor. A separate lunch option will not be provided.

WHAT TO WEAR
Visibility at the Capitol is key. Help show policymakers there is strong support for programs and policies that support Iowa’s natural resources by wearing blue.

TRANSPORTATION
Several DART (public transit) lines serve the State Capitol, including the free D-Line shuttle through downtown. View DART routes. If you’re driving, we recommend carpooling and parking in the free public ramp at E. Grand Ave. and Pennsylvania Ave. View Capitol Complex parking info.

For more event information, visit the Iowa Environmental Council website.

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