DG17: A Small Iowa Town Doing Big Things

“Dream Green” co-hosts Stuart Tanner and James Moore spotlight Fairfield, Iowa, a community known for its entrepreneurial vitality and embrace of sustainability. Tune in online at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 22 at www.kruufm.com for a walking tour of Abundance EcoVillage with Ideal Energy’s Amy Greenfield and Troy Van Beek, as well as interviews with Mayor Ed Malloy and sustainability coordinator Scott Timm. (Rebroadcast Monday, September 19 at 7 a.m. Archives available at greeniowa.org.)

“Fairfield is a small community of ten thousand people,” said co-host Stuart Tanner. “But its influence in all things sustainable is quite profound. We’ve traveled across the state for this series, talking with leaders in renewable energy, and it seems everyone knows about Fairfield. Under the leadership of Mayor Ed Malloy, one of the country’s 15 greenest mayors, according to MSN.com, Fairfield’s Go Green initiative is creating a sustainable future for its citizens.”

“Inspired by Fairfield’s Green Planning Commission, the city, in collaboration with Iowa State University Extension, hired Scott Timm as a full-time sustainability coordinator,” said co-host James Moore. “The new plan envisions everything from conserving energy to supporting local farms. The City of Fairfield collaborated with the Iowa Power Fund and Alliant Energy to implement planning and energy savings expected to save the City nearly $100,000 per year.”

“We travel to Abundance EcoVillage where residents live in housing with some amazing renewable features,” Tanner adds. “Amy Greenfield and Troy Van Beek walk us through their home and talk about their company, Ideal Energy. Fairfield is also home to Maharishi University of Management and its popular Sustainable Living Department, as well as the Midwest’s only solar-powered radio station, KRUU-FM, responsible for the Dream Green series itself.”

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