Iowa Environmental Council welcomes two new board members

On March 28, the Iowa Environmental Council welcomed two new members to its board of directors:

  • Catherine Kling


    Catherine Kling is Professor of Economics, Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, and past President of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. She is currently Interim Director of CARD, where she leads the Resource and Environmental Policy Division, an interdisciplinary research group focusing on water quality and agricultural practices. Kling has published over 60 journal articles and refereed book chapters, has received seven awards from professional associations for her research, has been PI (or co-PI) on over $7 million of grants (including NSF, EPA, USDA, and state agencies) and holds (or has held) editorial positions at seven economics journals. Kling’s engagement in the policy process includes over ten years of service as a member of EPA’s Science Advisory Board and member of five National Academy of Science panels. Fifteen of her former Ph.D. and post-doctoral students now hold academic positions.

Karmen Wilhelm


  • Karmen Wilhelm, APR, is director of energy services and solutions at Van Meter Industrial, Inc., where she leads the company’s clean energy initiative encompassing energy efficiency, renewable energy, and smart grid technologies. Previously, she managed energy efficiency, conservation and customer service programs in Iowa and Minnesota for Alliant Energy. Wilhelm is also part of the steering committee for the Regional Sustainable Business Alliance, a group of Cedar Rapids-area businesses working together to implement sustainable practices. She serves on the board of Trees Forever, where she was volunteer of the year in 2007; represents affiliate organizations on the Iowa League of Cities Affiliate Advisory Committee; and is a participant in the 2013 class of the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance Leadership for Five Seasons program. Previously she served on the board of the Center on Sustainable Communities. Wilhelm’s volunteer service record also includes Habitat for Humanity, America Reads, Junior Achievement of East Central Iowa, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Lunch Buddy Program, Linn Mar Community School District and the Cedar River Soccer Association.

Both will serve three year “at-large” terms after having been elected by majority vote of the Council’s individual members across Iowa.  The Council’s board is made up of at large members who are selected for their expertise and passion for environmental issues in Iowa as well as representatives of the Council’s member organizations.

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