Going greener

Come for conversation on how to live more earth friendly

Those stopping by the Hamilton County Going Greener community event at 600 Second St on Tuesday, April 23 will also help Webster City’s main street become more inviting.

Hamilton County Going Greener is an opportunity to learn and share ideas on how to live more earth friendly. The event is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

IF YOU GO

• Hamilton County Going Greener Community event

• Tuesday, April 23, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

• 600 Second St., Webster City

• Come-and-go learning and sharing event

Ken and Kathy Getting have pledged a dollar for every person who attends Hamilton County Going Greener toward the installation of a solar powered art sculpture planned for the park adjacent to Webster City’s city hall. An anonymous donor has also pledged to donate a dollar for each person attending the Hamilton County Going Greener event.

Maureen Seamonds of the Pottery Station is also donating a portion of the sales from a selection of coffee cups at Hamilton County Going Greener to the art installation.

Local experts providing information at the come-and-go gathering include:

• Brian Stroner, City of Webster City

• John Laird, Hamilton County Conservation

• Chris Kehoe, The Trash Management

• Terry Klaver, Hamilton County Water Management

• Lynette Seigley, Project Aware

• Logan Welch, Van Meter

• Margot Conard, Climate Reality

• Karen Wilke, The Nature Conservancy

Kathy Getting has been helping to plan the community event.

“When I first held by grandson, I told him I would do what I could to make sure he would have a chance to live a good life. When I look at the possibility of so many people being wrong about the direction of our planet, I do not want to bet his future against those odds. I want to leave a legacy of hope. That’s why I got involved in Hamilton County Going Greener. I want people to be more knowledgeable about we can do individually and collectively and then I want them to get involved,” said Getting. “This art sculpture is another way to promote care for our natural world and sustainable practices.

Daniel Miller, Assistant Professor of Emerging Technologies, Dimensional Practice Area/Sculpture and Gallery Coordinator in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa has proposed a structure that pulls together design elements that represent the meandering shape of the Boone River, trees, and a grid of the city. The sounds of the river during the day and lights during the evening will be incorporated and powered by solar energy.

Part of the cost of the structure is covered by a grant obtained through a competition among colleges across the county who participate in the National Sustainable Design Expo.

For further information about the structure, contact Lindsay Henderson, Webster City Community Vitality Director.

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