Today, CGRER Co-Directors Jerry Schnoor and Greg Carmichael released a statement about a budget proposal from the Iowa General Assembly that funds CGRER:
Dear CGRER members,
Yesterday, we learned that a budget proposal from the Iowa General Assembly sunsets funding the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) and the Iowa Energy Center on July 1, 2022.
This would effectively eliminate the work of CGRER; which supports $225,000 in environmental research grants to Iowa universities and colleges throughout the state each year; garners approximately $20 million for Iowa in new external research grants; and supports graduate students traveling to important research sites and presenting their findings at leading conferences. CGRER researchers continue to make major discoveries that add to the fund of knowledge, create jobs, and help improve and protect human health and the environment. We hope the Iowa General Assembly will reconsider this decision in order to continue to serve the economic and environmental interests of the state.
With so much at stake, we are reaching out to interested parties to encourage them to communicate with their state legislators about the value of the state’s investment in environmental research.
We urge you to contact your state senator and state representative TODAY to share your concerns.
You can call your legislators at the Capitol. The Senate switchboard number is 515-281-3371, and the House switchboard number is 515-281-3221. You can also find your legislators and their emails at https://www.legis.iowa.gov/
Let us know if you have any questions.
Thank you for your support!
Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research