Environmental focus on RAGBRAI’s hosts: Sioux Center


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Over the summer we will highlight the environmental efforts of RAGBRAI’s host communities.

The seven-day bike ride across Iowa begins in Sioux Center on July 21st. Sioux Center has implemented a series of initiatives in recent years to better the city’s environment.

Since 2009, Sioux Center has hosted an annual E-Cycle Event focusing on the proper disposal of recyclable electronics. This past year, 27,334 lbs of electronics were recycled.

Sioux Center is also active in addressing energy concerns. The city offers discounted home energy audits to limit energy waste and lower energy bills. Sioux Center also offers a wind energy option for homes through their RiverWinds program.

Learn more about Sioux Center from the city’s website here.

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About Michael Gallagher

I am originally from outside of Chicago, but I have spent the last five years in Iowa pursuing my education. From 2006-2010 I attended Grinnell College, where I received a B.A. in English. Currently, I am a graduate student in the University of Iowa's journalism department. In addition to my work for CGRER, I write for the non-profit investigative reporting organization Iowa Watch. Previously, I worked as a freelance writer, primarily contributing to Hoopla (The Gazette's arts and culture publication), and I assistant coached the Grinnell College cross country and track teams for a year. My interests include writing, running, watching the Chicago Bulls, and . . . environmental news!
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