Dr. Francis Thicke To Speak At Climate Change Event

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The Iowa Sustainable Business Alliance (ISBA) and the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) invite you to help change national policy on climate change by acting locally!!  ISBA in conjunction with ASBC is hosting this event for concerned and interested individuals, business and civic leaders, educators, and professionals.

When: Saturday, September 28th, 2 pm

What: A free public event to discuss the impact of the changing climate on Iowa’s agriculture, business and energy needs, some strategies for dealing with changes and for inspiring Congress to action.  This event is being held concurrently with 10 other similar events across the United States.  Attendees will have the option to sign on to a public letter to be published nationally by ASBC announcing that the undersigned businesses, educators, professionals, non profits and individuals strongly support rapid action and sustainable programs to address climate change. This is in line with ISBA strategy of effecting change through numbers.  The more attendees and signatures, the more our state and national governments will listen!

Who: To start off  the discussion (Iowa Sustainable Business Alliance) asked a few Iowa leaders to step forward and share their experiences of how they have been affected, to speculate on the future impact, and outline what steps they are already taking to prepare, offset, avert predicted climate changes. Francis Thicke, Robbie Gongwer, Robert Yoder and more will speak. Also, we will want to hear from you! What are your concerns? What have you been doing to address climate change for your business or profession?

Where: Green Building Supply 118 W Burlington Ave, Fairfield, IA

**Locally made pies topped with organic Radiance Dairy cream will be served!**

More about our speakers:

Francis Thicke – Francis is the owner/operator of  Radiance Dairy –  an organic, grass-based dairy located near Fairfield, Iowa, with on-farm processing facilities in which cream-line milk (whole, 2%, and skim), whipping cream, yogurt, and cheese are produced. Francis has a Ph.D. in agronomy and served at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.,  as the National Program Leader for Soil Science for the USDA-Extension Service. Francis and his wife Susan returned to full-time farming in 1992. More

Robbie Gongwer – Co-owner of Ideal Energy. The Ideal Energy team has been leading the sustainability revolution for over 20 years through educational programs, off-grid village design, high performance building design, sustainable solutions for remote regions, and installation of renewable energy systems. They design and install clean, safe renewable energy systems, and advise on overall energy performance. Find Ideal Energy on Facebook.

Robert Yoder – owner of YODER’S NATURAL FARM of Bloomfield, Iowa.  Yoder’s Natural Meats has even been certified as Animal Welfare Approved, a rigorous standard of animal husbandry to achieve. He uses heritage breeds of cattle and chickens, and employs them in an integrated manner which mimics nature’s way of succession in the food chain.

Laura Tarnoff
Iowa Sustainable Business Alliance
Project Coordinator

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