Helping make Iowans more energy efficient through low-impact home weatherization, energy education, and community outreach.
Operated through the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education, and hosted by Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity, Green Iowa AmeriCorps is a program founded upon the increasing need for energy and environmental improvement and education.
Concieved in 2009, Green Iowa's initial purpose was to increase the sustainable use of energy and environmental resources in several Iowa communities struggling to rebuild from the devastating floods of 2008. Since the start of the flood recovery, Green Iowa has been an active community partner; members are trained as energy auditors to contribute to a comprehensive home energy plan, allowing the program to offer home energy audits and weatherization at no cost to property owners. Other community involvement includes deconstruction, rehab, and repurpose projects; creating energy and environmental education programs for all ages; and developing and facilitating environmental and energy related events.
As of this year, we now have seven sites spread throughout Iowa in Black Hawk, Dubuque, Johnson, Jefferson, Linn, Polk, and Winneshiek counties.