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Aug. 10, 2004

Osterberg To Discuss Renewable Energy Aug. 25 In Ankeny

Renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass offer numerous potential benefits to Iowans, including cleaner air and job growth. On Wednesday, Aug. 25, David Osterberg, University of Iowa associate professor of occupational and environmental health and executive director of the Iowa Policy Project, a public policy research organization, will present an educational program for the general public titled, "The Power of Renewable Energy."

The free program will take place on the Ankeny Campus of Des Moines Area Community College, at the Conference Center (Building 7), 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd., in Ankeny. A reception and registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 6 to 7:30 p.m. program and discussion. The program is co-sponsored by the UI College of Public Health, UI Alumni Association and Des Moines Area Community College.

In his presentation, Osterberg will discuss the science of global climate change, the environmental and economic benefits of renewable energy, and the need for policy change. He will describe a Midwest solar bike trip planned for September 2004 and share pictures from previous solar bike tours in Iowa and Northern Europe.

During his 12 years in the Iowa General Assembly, Osterberg served as chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection (1991-1992), and chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture (1987-1990). He was the Democratic Party candidate for U.S. senator in 1998. During 1999 and 2000 he consulted for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on global climate change and renewable energy.

Individuals interested in attending the program are asked to register in advance by calling Brooke Norris at 319-384-5485. Walk-ins are welcome.

The statewide College of Public Health Educational Outreach Series is funded, in part, by a grant from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa. More information about the educational outreach programs and continuing education credit can be found at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

CONTACT(S): Media: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647,