The "Inflation Reduction Act in Iowa: Implementing the Clean Energy and Climate Provisions" panel series was held in the Boyd Law Building on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

HELI partnered with Rewiring America, the UI Labor Center, and the Iowa Environmental Council for a series of panels discussing the Inflation Reduction Act in Iowa. Panels focused on national trends in the landmark climate legislation, state and local opportunities currently underway, and labor and wages in Iowa.


Different University of Iowa colleges and units represented in attendance


In-Person Attendees


Zoom attendees

4 hrs

This event has been approved for 4 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credits!
Activity Number: 405181

This approval means that time spent in continuing legal education activities incorporated in this accredited program may be credited against the continuing legal education requirement of fifteen (15) clock hours per year, established by Rules 41.3 and 42.2 of the Iowa Supreme Court.


Welcoming Remarks and Introductions

Welcoming remarks and introductions will be given at 10:00 a.m. in the Boyd Law Building. 

Keynote Session | “National Trends in the Landmark Climate Legislation”

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Kristin G. Eberhard
Senior Director of State & Local Policy at Rewiring America

Kristin Eberhard, JD MEM is the Senior Director of State & Local Policy at Rewiring America - the leading electrification nonprofit working to electrify homes, businesses and communities. She previously served as the Director of Climate Policy at the Niskanen Center, the Director of Climate and Democracy at Sightline Institute, and as the Western Director of Climate and Energy at Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Kristin has taught climate change policy and energy law at Stanford Law School and UCLA School of Law. She is the author of the book Becoming a Democracy: How We Can Fix the
Electoral College, Gerrymandering and Our Elections. She earned her JD cum laude from the Duke University School of Law, an MEM in Energy Economics from the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, and a BA with Honors from Stanford University.

Kristin Eberhard

Kristin Eberhard Keynote Recording

Panel 1: State and Local Opportunities | Moderated by the Iowa Environmental Council

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Panel 1


Amber Buckingham

Program Manager, Iowa Energy Office, a division of the Iowa Economic Development Authority
Jeremy Caron

Jeremy Caron

Sustainability Program Manager, City of Des Moines

Steve Guyer, Moderator

Energy Policy Counsel, Iowa Environmental Council
Cody Smith

Cody Smith

Senior Policy Advocate, Iowa Environmental Council

Panel 1 Video Recording

Panel 2: Maximizing IRA Incentives for Creating Quality Jobs and Apprenticeship Training that Strengthen Iowa Communities​

2:15 - 3:45 PM

Panel 2

Junior Luensman

Junior Luensman

Business Manager/Financial Secretary, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 405

Robin Clark-Bennett, Moderator

Director, UI Labor Center
Samantha Groark

Samantha Groark

Executive Director, Central Iowa Building & Construction Trades Council
Bree Halverson

Bree Halverson

Midwest Field Director, BlueGreen Alliance
John Zakrasek

John Zakrasek

Director, Linn Clean Energy District

Panel 2 Video Recording

Questions or Concerns

For questions about this session or the Hubbell Environmental Law Initiative, contact Program Director Blake Rupe at