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Mother Earth News names Ames to annual
“Great Places You’ve Never Heard Of” list

National publication honors the Iowa city’s culture, sustainable practices

TOPEKA, Kan. (July 16, 2008) — Sure, you’ve heard of Iowa State athletics, but Ames takes pride in more than just its beloved Cyclones. The city’s commitment to innovative sustainable practices and civic endeavors lands it on Mother Earth News’ third annual “Great Places You’ve Never Heard Of” list. Mother Earth News, the world's leading magazine dedicated to sustainable living, features nine selected communities in its August/September issue, on sale July 29.

Author David Wann cites Mayor Ann Campbell’s steps to reduce Ames’ overall energy consumption as well as the mix of cultural and educational activities available as a few of the reasons to spotlight this Midwestern town of 51,500.

The annual Great Places list serves as a fun way to recognize smaller cities and towns that combine classic elements, such as comfortable climate and compelling architecture, with positive civic energy, investment in the local economy and meaningful initiatives for the environment. And, yes, the editors know that some people have heard of these locales.

“Cities like Ames show that ‘off the beaten path’ certainly doesn’t mean ‘boring,’” says Bryan Welch, publisher and editorial director for the magazine. “Mother Earth News focuses on cool things you can do to live wisely and create community, and we think our readers would really identify with a place like Ames.”

Other cities making this year’s list are Bethel, Maine; Bisbee, Ariz.; Berea, Ky.; Greenbelt, Md.; Moscow, Idaho; San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Traverse City, Mich.; and Viroqua, Wisc.

About Mother Earth News

Mother Earth News ( is the Original Guide to Living Wisely. Launched in 1970, each bimonthly issue of Mother Earth News features practical and money-saving information on cutting energy costs; using renewable energy; organic gardening; green home building and remodeling; fun do-it-yourself projects; and conscientious, self-sufficient lifestyles.

About Ogden Publications

Ogden Publications Inc. ( is the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Its brands include industry authorities Mother Earth News, Natural Home, Utne Reader, The Herb Companion, Capper’s, Grit, Farm Collector, Gas Engine Magazine, Motorcycle Classics and Good Things to Eat. In addition to its media portfolio, Ogden Publications offers a complete line of individual accident, health and life insurance and annuity products through its Capper’s Insurance Service division. Capper’s Insurance Service serves individuals in Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.



 NOTE: Author David Wann and Mother Earth News editors are available for media interviews. PDFs of the complete article and high-resolution images of the August/September issue of Mother Earth News also are available upon request.