EnvIowa Podcast: Dr. Betsy Stone discusses upcoming annual Iowa Climate Festival

Jenna Ladd | October 13, 2016

The third annual Iowa Climate Festival will take place at the University of Iowa’s Museum of Natural History on Saturday.

As with previous festivals, the event will be split into two parts. First, The Iowa Climate Symposium will feature three presenters followed by panel discussions with audience members. Dr. Betsy Stone, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Iowa, organized the first Iowa Climate Festival in 2014. She said, “The theme of the symposium this year is: Now that we have a growing consensus on climate change, where do we go from here? So this is really looking toward the future.”

Following the symposium, participants will be invited to participate in interactive experiments that are related to climate change at the Climate Science Fair. Stone said, “We have a lot of really exciting hands-on experiments that people can explore and use to understand more about climate science.” She added, “A lot of these [experiments] were developed with elementary or middle schoolers in mind, but we’ve done these at lot of different events and adults get really excited about it too.” The event is scheduled to begin at 2 pm and is free, open to the public, and family friendly.

This year’s Iowa Climate Festival is sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and is hosted by the Iowa section of the ACS in partnership with the University of Iowa Department of Chemistry, Museum of Natural History, Office of Sustainability, and Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER).

To learn more about the festival’s featured speakers and specific exhibits at the Climate Science Fair, listen to episode two of EnvIowa above or find it on iTunes.

Event: Iowa Climate Festival 2015

(American Chemical Society)

Nick Fetty | April 10, 2015

This 2015 Iowa Climate Festival will take place on the University of Iowa campus Saturday.

The event will kickoff with a two-part symposium in the morning. The first part will focus on the climate effects of greenhouse gases and particles in the air. Featured speakers include Betsy Stone (UI Department of Chemistry), Vicki Grassian (UI Department of Chemistry), and Scott Spak (UI Public Policy Center). The second part will focus on the effects that climate change has on public health and Iowa’s agriculture. Speakers include Gene Takle (Iowa State University, Atmospheric Science), Peter Thorne (UI Public Health), and Wanda Reiter-Kintz (State Hygienic Laboratory). Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of each session.

The Climate Science Fair is scheduled for the afternoon. Attendees can partake in hands-on experiments to learn about the composition of greenhouse gases, how clouds are formed, how particles in the air cool the earth, why oceans are becoming more acidic, how albedo affects climate change, and more.

Coinciding with the event will be the Iowa City Recycling Logo Competition. The City of Iowa City is accepting entries from local students and the winning design will used on the side of Iowa City recycling trucks. All entires must be displayed at the museum and juding will end at 3 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information and for a full schedule of events visit the American Chemical Society’s website.

Sponsors for this year’s event include: the Iowa section of the American Chemical Society, University of Iowa Department of Chemistry, Museum of Natural History, Office of Sustainability, State Hygienic Laboratory, National Science Foundation, Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment (CAICE), Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER), and the City of Iowa City.