Iowa Legislature Moves to End 30 Years of Sustainable Ag Research

On Friday, April 21, a budget bill from the Iowa legislature makes its way to Governor Branstad for his approval. The Iowa budget bill would eliminate funding and force closure of the prestigious Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, at Iowa State University.  The center was founded as a response to the 1980s farm crisis, and is considered to be at the vanguard of farmer-led research on everything ranging from specialty crops, conservation, organics, water quality and other farmer-focused research.

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Event Summary: 

How Foreign Climate Aid Benefits the United States

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation held a briefing discussing benefits to the United States from deploying foreign aid to vulnerable regions to help them become more resilient to climate change impacts. The briefing also explored the inner workings of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), a multi-lateral effort to mobilize $100 billion in public and private financing for adaptation and mitigation projects in developing nations.

Visit EESI to view the briefing video and event summary. 


Upcoming Event: 

March for Science

  • Saturday, April 22 2017 
  • Start: Washington D.C., North of Washington Monument, Constitution Avenue NW between 15th and 17th street.
  • 8:00am: Grounds open, 9:00am: Teach-ins start, 10:00am: Main stage rally program begins, 2:00pm: March begins!

EESI is pleased to announce it is an official partner of the March for Science, a nonpartisan event in Washington D.C. and around the world. The March for Science is calling out the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.

If you are interested in participating, please RSVP.  In addition to the Washington, D.C. march, there are more than 400 satellite marches. 




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