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Recent posts by Kayla Bergman

Clara’s Garden shows that a sustainable floral business is possible

Being a florist focused on sustainability in the face of our changing climate may be difficult, but Mediapolis, Iowa, mother-daughter duo Meredith and Jen Hinson do just that.

Meredith began her floral career working for a local florist 15 years before opening her own shop—Clara’s Garden—in 2000. Jen joined the Clara’s Garden team when she moved back for the summer after teaching in Houston, Texas, for a few years.

Study shows Iowans want presidential candidates to address climate change

A recent survey indicates a majority of Iowans want presidential candidates to address science-related issues, specifically climate change and energy.

According to the survey, conducted between June 13 and 19 on behalf of Research!America and Science Debate, 79 percent of 802 adult Iowans who responded to the survey would like presidential candidates to have a plan addressing climate change and 87 percent want them to discuss science-related issues.

Coal power debt stifles rural progress

Rural America could power a clean economy — but first we need to solve the coal debt crisis.

As the price of renewable energy declines, new wind and solar projects are being built across the country. These projects create jobs, reduce pollution, and help keep electricity rates stable, facilitating a significant return on investment for communities hosting projects. And, most of the time, new renewable energy projects are built in rural America, tapping into abundant wind and solar resources.

Poll showcases Iowans’ 2020 must-have list

With less than eight months from the Iowa caucuses, voters are beginning to think about the issues their candidate must support to gain their vote. Iowa is an important state for not only the candidates themselves, but voters throughout the U.S. This is because Iowa is the first state to weigh in on candidates from each party, and is one of the states that candidates look to when deciding whether or not to stay in the race.

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