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Clarke Collaborates for Climate Action Festival

By Clarke News  |  March 21, 2023

The Dubuque Colleges Sustainability Coalition invites the community to attend its Climate Action Festival beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18 at the Loras Field House.  

The event will offer food, music, and exhibits that showcase sustainability efforts taking place throughout Dubuque and the tri-states such as local food at The Dubuque Farmer’s Market and electric vehicles from Finnin Ford. At 6 p.m. the Natural Resources Conservation Service will display its rainfall simulator, which demonstrates the impact of run-off on water quality in our region. Attendees will also be able to learn more about the Dubuque Colleges Sustainability Coalition and how they can get involved.  

Music will be provided by Kurt Kieffer, offering a mix of classic rock and country music for attendees to enjoy. Wayfarer Coffee and Happi Hibachi will have food and drinks available for purchase.  

In addition, Dr. Silvia Secchi, Professor of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences at University of Iowa will take the stage at 7 p.m. to discuss sustainable practices in agriculture and food systems in the Midwest.  

So often we think that our individual choices don’t make a real impact on climate change or the world around us, but that’s just not true. Food is a communal experience in many ways, so having conversations around growing and sourcing our food responsibly is a great first step that benefits individuals, families, and communities alike. 

Joshua Chamberland, Stewardship and Sustainability Coordinator for Department of Natural and Applied Sciences at the University of Dubuque

This event is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, activities will move into the Loras Field House. Find a list of exhibitors and more information at 

More information on Clarke’s sustainability efforts is available at  

About the Dubuque Colleges Sustainability Coalition 

The Dubuque Colleges Sustainability Coalition is composed of eight institutions of higher learning in the Dubuque area: Capri College, Clarke University, Divine Word College, Emmaus Bible College, Loras College, Northeast Iowa Community College, University of Dubuque, and Wartburg Theological Seminary. Through shared resources and collaborative thinking, we strive to bring sustainable practices and ideas to our campuses and the greater community.