March is Women’s History Month. Designated by national proclamations, the month is a time to celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States in a variety of fields. These fields include everything from engineering and medicine to agriculture and government. To help recognize these contributions locally, Linn County’s Office of Sustainability is partnering with the Hiawatha Public Library to host a three-day series of educational events about Women in Sustainability.
Linn County is home to a myriad of environmental and sustainable programs and initiatives. Many of which are spearheaded by dedicated and passionate women in our community. For the first event of Women in Sustainability Education Series, the Hiawatha Library will be hosting speakers from different spheres of environmentalism and sustainability. One of the speakers joining for this virtual event is local college student, Ta’sje Carrasco.
Ta’sje Carrasco, a junior at Coe College, is working toward environmental justice by addressing food deserts and food injustice in her community. Originally from the South Side of Chicago, Carrasco moved to Cedar Rapids for college where she initially wanted to pursue a degree in chemistry and veterinary studies. Her focus shifted towards environmental justice when working for a presidential campaign where she realized her passion lies in the environmental movement. From there, Carrasco changed her academic career to major in Biology and Environmental Studies, since chemistry and veterinary studies will be irrelevant if there is not an Earth to live on.
Currently, Carrasco is working with the Sunrise Movement as a Linn County Community Action Fund Fellow. She is excited about her role with the fellowship where she will be teaching young Students of Color at the Academy of Scholastic and Personal Success about food deserts, nutrition, the environment, and community. Carrasco wants to encourage students to take initiative by developing gardens of their own to gain a sense of ownership in their community and show them they can make a difference.
Learn more about Ta’sje and her work, along with the work of others, by joining this virtual event on Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m. Please register for the event using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErdOCvrTkpGdUDgGBp9AidFU2sk0XD-tQx.
Two other events will be hosted in conjunction with the virtual presentation. Learn more about them and the feminine care drive on the Linn County website.
Women of Linn County
In addition to the women featured in the Women in Sustainability event series, Linn County government has its own set of women leaders making history. Five of Linn County’s 17 departments are led by women, including the Office of Sustainability led by Tamara Marcus. The Office of Sustainability is the newest County department with goals of making history of its own by leading Linn County to a more sustainable and resilient today and tomorrow.
Marcus, along with the newly formed Sustainability & Resiliency Committee, focuses on completing an annual Greenhouse Gas Inventory, updating climate action plans, and implementing other sustainable practices across County facilities and Linn County as a whole to ensure an environmentally just future. Learn more about their work on our website.
Linn County recognizes and celebrates all women and their contributions to their fields of work, communities, and the United States as a whole. They are an integral part to how we learn and grow toward the future.