Waterloo Adopts Ambitious 24/7 Carbon-Free Electricity Goal

WATERLOO — Tonight the Waterloo City Council voted unanimously to adopt a goal of reaching community-wide carbon-free electricity by the year 2035. With the resolution’s passage, Waterloo joins Des Moines as the second city in Iowa to commit to 24/7 carbon-free electricity, and the fourth nationwide. Waterloo resident speaks in favor of the resolution during public…

Des Moines Looks to Alternatives for Climate Accountability After City Approves Long-Term Franchise Agreement

At Monday night’s city council meeting, the City of Des Moines officially voted to approve a 13-year utility franchise agreement with MidAmerican Energy, which will take effect in June 2022. This meeting was the final of the three required readings and votes on the franchise agreement, a binding contract that gives the utility access to…

“Greenest Church in Iowa” – Unitarian Universalist Society in Coralville, Iowa

As a mission-driven religious organization, Unitarian Universalists have shared values and principles rather than being a doctrinal faith. Our seventh principle is “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” This principle compels us to take responsibility for the planet’s well-being. Inspired by this, we chose to build the…

Des Moines carbon-free electricity goal, now a year old, was a beginning, not an end

This guest column was originally published in the Des Moines Register on 1/11/22. January 11, 2022, marks the one-year anniversary of the Des Moines City Council’s unanimous adoption of a resolution setting a goal of 24/7 carbon-free electricity by 2035. This resolution garnered national attention and instantly made the City of Des Moines a national…