Past Projects

2012 - 2013

The IISC worked with Muscatine's Blue Zones Project leaders to implement two health-related projects. Thirty-five students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication's Risk Communication course, taught by Professor Kajsa Dalrymple, developed communication plans related to Blue Zones objectives such as complete streets, comprehensive smoke-free public areas, community gardens, and Walking School Buses. A second project involved 12 students from the Dietetic Internship Program working in 6 Muscatine restaurants to improve menu nutrition and provide healthier options for patrons.

2010 - 2011

In the 2010-2011 academic year, 21 graduate students assisted four Iowa communities. Students returned to Decorah to assist that city in preparation of a revised comprehensive plan that includes Iowa’s Smart Planning Principles, adopted by the 2010 legislature. In Oskaloosa, students evaluated the economic and environmental impacts of the city’s waste hauling system and made recommendations for developing a more environmentally friendly and economical program. In Burlington, students completed a market analysis for adaptive reuse of an historic downtown building, while also developing an overall plan for encouraging private sector development in partnership with a local non-profit. In Charles City, our students have developed a market analysis for a kayak park on the Cedar River and have made recommendations for linking the new park to downtown as well as enhancing the quality of water in the Cedar River through water quality credits trading.

Burlington: PDF iconDowntown Redevelopment in Burlington Iowa.pdf(7.65 MB)

Charles City:PDF iconCharles City Sustainable Riverfront.pdf(2.17 MB), PDF iconCharles City Water Quality Credit Trading.pdf(1.2 MB)

Decorah: PDF iconDecorah Iowa Smart Planning Principles.pdf(3.02 MB)

Oskaloosa: PDF iconFirst Step Oskaloosa Solild Waste Recommnedations.pdf(1.75 MB)

2009 - 2010

During the 2009-2010 academic year, 27 graduate students assisted four Iowa communities in developing sustainability plans. These cities are Decorah, Anamosa, Wellman, and Columbus Junction. In Decorah, students worked closely with a citizens group, We Can Decorah, to promote energy conservation and the use of environmentally friendly storm water drainage techniques. In Anamosa, students also worked with a citizen’s organization, Vision Anamosa, whose focus is on generating redevelopment concepts and plans for downtown Anamosa. In Wellman, students worked with the city manager and city council to develop a comprehensive sustainability plan for the community. In Columbus Junction, students worked with a local citizens group, Keep Columbus Beautiful, to coordinate a series of Earth Day 2010 events that attracted resident participation from throughout that community.

Anamosa: PDF iconVision_Anamosa_Working_Together_for_the_Future.pdf(3.9 MB)

Columbus Junction: PDF iconKeep Columbus Beautiful Celebration Report.pdf(945.97 KB)

Decorah: PDF iconDecorah_WE_CAN_Final_Report.pdf(2.79 MB)

Wellman: PDF iconWellman_Sustainability_Plan.pdf(2.86 MB)