DMU to host panel discussion on clean energy

Iowa wind farmCommunity leaders will discuss the health and economic benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency at Des Moines University on April 7, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. The panel discussion, titled “Bridging the Clean Energy Divide: Affordable Clean Energy Solutions for Today and Tomorrow,” will be held in the Olsen Center, 3200 Grand Avenue.

Households with less disposable income are disproportionately affected by the impacts of pollution from electricity generation. Implementing policies that help expand access to clean energy for low-income residents is critical for meeting the common goals of saving money, increasing healthy lifestyles and creating high-quality jobs. The discussion will focus on these issues as well as the many benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Yogesh Shah, M.D., M.P.H., associate dean of global health at Des Moines University, will sit on the panel. Other members of the panel include:

  • Eric Burmeister, executive director, Polk County Housing Trust Fund
  • Kirk Kraft, project development & landowner relations, RPMAccess
  • Kate McCormick, midwest advocate, Natural Resources Defense Council

Registration is free. For more information and to register, visit

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