On Thursday, August 29, 2013, people of faith from all around Iowa gathered at Jester Park Lodge in Granger, Iowa for the “Faith in a Changing Climate” conference. The event included presentations from various speakers, including Mark A. Torgerson, author and professor of theology, worship, and architecture; David Hade, president and co-owner of Iowa Home Crafters in Ames, Iowa; and Kimberly Dickey, an archaeologist currently researching energy and water security for the Iowa Army National Guard.
The nearly 6-hour-long event featured presentations covered a variety of topics. Mr. Torgerson talked extensively about the role of faith in combatting climate change. He reminded attendees to become better neighbors and share the worth of creation with others by taking care of the earth. Mrs. Dickey explained the benefits of going solar and showed how attendees could get started on a solar project for their home. Mr. Hade spoke on the importance of home energy efficiency assessments and advised attendees to take advantage of local assessment opportunities.
Included in the event was a break for lunch, where attendees could eat the provided lunch as well as explore the bookstore and exhibits featured along the walls of the lodge. Many were attracted to the solar-powered popcorn popper outside, which allowed for solar contractors to explain how solar panels work while attendees munched on the buttery treat made possible simply by plugging the popping machine directly into the solar panel.
This event received funding through the Iowa Energy Center’s (IEC’s) Conference and Events grant program. Learn more about the Energy Center’s grants and funding program here.
Related: Faith in a Changing Climate Conference, Iowa Energy Center