The Iowa Energy Center is pleased to announce the following projects awarded under the Energy Center’s Conference and Events grant program. This program is intended to focus on events located or hosted in Iowa, which demonstrate a clear tie to energy efficiency and/or renewable energy and have a clear educational purpose.
Funds to support the Energy Center’s grant programs are derived from an annual assessment on gross intrastate revenues of gas and electric utilities in Iowa. The amount received from the assessment is closely tied to the level of economic activity in the state and can vary from year to year.
The following projects were awarded under the program’s current RFP. Proposals under this program can be submitted on a continuous basis from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013. Past conferences and events awarded under this grant program can be viewed in the grant library.
The event recognized two school districts from the Des Moines metro area who have worked toward providing a healthier and more sustainable learning environment for their students. Each district conducted a brief 45 minute tour of one of their schools exhibiting ‘Green’ achievements.
The 2012 Iowa Energy Summit conference offers the latest information on energy efficiency trends and will motivate you to put this knowledge into action. This year, the conference has grown to three areas of concentration: Homes and Neighborhoods, Commercial and Industrial, and Policies and Programs.
The Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) at ISU will hold six conferences during the academic year which provide young women (6-12th grade) to explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. Conferences are held in the Memorial Union on the ISU campus.
The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) developed and hosted a workshop titled “Understanding and Managing Variable Frequency Drives in the Water and Wastewater Treatment Industry”.
In order to generate conversation about Iowaʼs energy future and provide information about how community members and congregations across Iowa can take advantage of state and federal solar energy tax credit, Iowa Public Interest Research Group Education Fund (Iowa PIRG Education Fund) and Iowa Interfaith Power and Light are working together to organize a week long event for the faith community in Iowaʼs major population centers.
The Iowa State University Bioeconomy Institute and the USDA/ISU CenUSA Bioenergy project are hosting the workshop Roadmap to Commercialize Thermochemical Biofuels Processing in the Midwest on December 11 and 12, 2012.
Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives will sponsor the annual “Momentum Is Building” conference Feb. 14-15, 2013, at the Sheraton West Des Moines hotel. Momentum Is Building offers up-to-date building science information, practical hands-on instruction and new technology displays for building trades professionals – including homebuilders, electricians and heating-plumbing contractors.
Woodbury County Extension is partnering with USDA Rural Development to offer a conference to local homeowners, farmers and producers, community leaders and local business leaders in an effort to inform the local community about wind and solar energy options and considerations if electing to utilize alternative energy.