The Inflation Reduction Act in Iowa: Implementing the Clean Energy and Climate Provisions
Feb 16, 2024
10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
130 Byington Road, Iowa City, IA 52246
Join the Hubbell Environmental Law Initiative, Rewiring America, the UI Labor Center, and the Iowa Environmental Council for a series of panels discussing the Inflation Reduction Act in Iowa. Sessions will focus on national trends in the landmark climate legislation, state and local opportunities currently underway, and labor and prevailing wages in Iowa.
Kristin G. Eberhard, JD, MEM
Senior Director of State & Local Policy at Rewiring America
Keynote time: 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. in the Boyd Law Building (and virtual)
In this keynote session, Kristin will highlight national trends in the landmark climate legislation, how and why electrification in the U.S. is important to reach climate goals, how the IRA fits into this strategy, and will highlight efforts happening in other states as case studies.
Kristin Eberhard previously served as the Director of Climate Policy at the Niskanen Center, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., as the Director of Climate and Democracy at Sightline Institute, a regional policy think tank based in Seattle, and as the Western Director of Climate and Energy at Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Kristin has taught climate change policy and energy law at Stanford Law School and UCLA School of Law. She is the author of the book Becoming a Democracy: How We Can Fix the Electoral College, Gerrymandering and Our Elections. She earned her JD cum laude from the Duke University School of Law, an MEM in Energy Economics from the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, and a BA with Honors from Stanford University.
The Iowa Environmental Council will lead a panel on state and local opportunities through the IRA that are currently underway. The UI Labor Center will lead a panel discussing labor and prevailing wages in Iowa. The panelists are listed here.
Panel 1: State and Local Opportunities | Moderated by the Iowa Environmental Council - Time: 12:30 to 2 p.m.
· Amber Buckingham, Program Manager, Iowa Energy Office, a division of the Iowa Economic Development Authority
· Jeremy Caron, Sustainability Program Manager with City of Des Moines
· Steve Guyer, Energy Policy Counsel, Iowa Environmental Council
· Cody Smith, Senior Policy Advocate, Iowa Environmental Council
Panel 2: Local Labor and Prevailing Wages| Moderated by the UI Labor Center - Time: 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.
· Junior Luensman, IBEW Local 405
· Bree Halverson, BlueGreen Alliance
· John Zakrasek, Linn Clean Energy
· Samantha Groark, Central Iowa Building and Construction Trades
For more panelist information and event details, visit our event website at: https://heli.law.uiowa.edu/IRA.
For a full list of HELI events this Spring semester, visit: https://heli.law.uiowa.edu/spring2024
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