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Will Hoyer

Will Hoyer

Freelance writer for multiple publications

Dubuque, Iowa Area
Renewables & Environment
  1. Multiple Publications
  1. Iowa Policy Project,
  2. Clean Wisconsin
  1. University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Multiple Publications

Multiple Publications

Freelance writer

– Present

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I'm looking for a job where I can make a difference, ideally in a sustainability-related area - local food, water quality/quantity, renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation, etc - or using my writing skills to inform people or raise grant money for worthy initiatives. I like coming up with ideas and figuring out how to turn those ideas into reality, whether that's through a new initiative to improve water quality, a grant for a new program, starting up a new food co-op or organizing a new trail running race.


Freelance writer

Multiple Publications
– Present (2 years 4 months)

I have written articles on local growers, organizations, individuals, destinations and activities for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, The Radish, and Julien's Journal. I am currently lead author for the Telegraph Herald and Dupaco's "People of the Pack" project, which aims to tell the stories of the people who worked at the Dubuque Packing Company, FDL Foods and Farmland. The book should be out in August 2014.

Research associate

Iowa Policy Project
(2 years 1 month)

Environmental policy research and data analysis, produced policy reports, grant writing, writing for print and online media

Water Specialist

Clean Wisconsin
(5 years 5 months)

Public policy development and analysis, research, grant writing, member outreach

Honors & Awards

Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

Goldwater Foundation Board of Trustees

From Wikipedia:
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by the United States Congress in 1986 in honor of former United States Senator and 1964 presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, a Republican from Arizona. Its goal is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.

The Scholarship--considered the premier undergraduate award of its type--is awarded to about 300 college sophomores and juniors nationwide. A maximum of $7500 per academic year is granted.

The scholarship is awarded based on merit, and the actual amount given is based on financial need.
In addition, since at least 2006, about 150 exceptional applicants not awarded the Scholarship have been recognized with official Honorable Mentions.

Competition for the Scholarship is exceptionally intense. Universities are allowed to nominate only four undergraduate students per year to receive the final Scholarship. As a result, the Scholarship is the most prestigious award in the U.S. conferred upon undergraduates studying the sciences. Through March 2006, Princeton University has had the most Goldwater Scholars with 64, followed by Harvard University with (60), Duke University (58), Kansas State University (57), and the University of Chicago (53).

In awarding scholarships, the Foundation Board of Trustees considers the nominee's field of study and career objectives and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field. This is judged by letter of references, essays written by the student, and prior research experience.


Iowa water quality reports(Link)

This is one of several reports I produced on water quality issues and/or climate issues in Iowa. Other reports can be found at

New Hope farm profile(Link)

An example of work for The Radish, which covers healthy living in eastern Iowa and western Illinois.


  • Grant Writing
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Sustainable Development
  • Environmental Policy
  • Public Policy
  • Grants
  • Policy Analysis
  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Fundraising
  • Sustainability
  • Alternative Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Research
  • Climate Change
  • Sustainability Reporting
  • Government
  • Water Quality
  • Data Analysis
  • Ecology
  • Water
  • Environmental Issues
  • Natural Resource...
  • Freelance Writing
  • Climate Change...
  • Energy Policy
  • Carbon
  • Conservation Issues
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Luther College

BA, Biology, Environmental Studies

Activities and Societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Cross Country

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