Iowa City (2014-2016)

City of Iowa City
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Home to the University of Iowa, Iowa City has heavily invested in sustainable design and infrastructure as it continues to grow economically and culturally. After devastating floods in 2008, the city has reconstructed with a focus on sustainable practices. Partnering with the IISC will allow the city and local organizations to continue to grow the downtown into a dynamic cultural hub for the community, market their goals and achievements, and further their progress on building a sustainable community.

Iowa City (2014-2016) Projects

2015-2016

The University of Iowa bicycle safety team

Bicycle Safety and Use Campaigns

Bicycle safety and use is predicated on public knowledge of road-sharing behaviors. Iowa City is a bike-friendly community with a strong and growing biking culture that can be further supported by systematic efforts to increase knowledge about the...

Ecosystem Services

The City of Iowa City manages over 1,600 acres of parkland and open space, which include 42 developed parks, 75 community garden plots, over six miles of nature trails, and many other natural and recreational amenities. These amenities offer several...

Housing and Equity

Income inequality is quickly becoming one of the most pressing problems facing cities. Growing concentrations of affluence and poverty can directly or indirectly lead to inequitable access to employment, education and public services. Critical to...

Iowa City Public Art

Students in Professor Anita Jung’s studio course collaborated with the City of Iowa City to develop a public art piece for installment in Iowa City. During the course of the class, students broke into groups and prepared proposals for the public art...

Iowa City Public History

Iowa City has a rich history composed of multiple layers of interaction among human individuals and our society, the natural and built environments, and other species. Graduate students in a Department of English course examined this history through...

LED Streetlight Conversion

Greenhouse gas and energy reduction were identified as two major goals for 2015 in The City of Iowa City’s 2014 Sustainability Report. The City was, then, pursuing several initiatives to achieve those goals, including an agreement with MidAmerican...

Marketing Food Waste Prevention

Food waste reduction is an important component of sustainability that many local Iowa City businesses are already achieving through composting and recycling strategies. Public support of such practices and the businesses who engage them can...

Retaining UI Gradutes in Iowa City

The City of Iowa City seeks to be a vibrant and compelling place to live for people of all ages. Towards this end, the City of Iowa City seeks to understand what graduates from the University of Iowa are looking for in a place to begin their careers...

The Iowa Small Systems Waste Project

This project was focused on the creation of a small systems wastewater system for use in Iowa communities with less than 5,000 people. Waste water plants that are larger than necessary can lead to significant costs for the communities served by them...

Urban Ecology

Urban raptors and roadside vegetation are two areas of particular interest to the City of Iowa’s City’s urban ecology work. Roadside vegetation, if converted from resource- and time-intensive species to native species, can help support the...

2014-2015

Community Radon Campaign

According to the E.P.A., Iowa has the highest average radon levels in the country. Houses and buildings trap this odorless gas, which forms from naturally decaying radium and uranium. For this project, students created an awareness campaign to...

Emerald Ash Borer: Monitoring and Management

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is an exotic beetle that feeds on the inner bark of ash trees, cutting off nutrient supplies to the tree and leading to tree's death. EAB has been found in 24 states around the country, as well as in several Iowa counties...

Enhancing Urban Pollinator and Beneficial Insect Habitat

Community interest in gardening, edible landscaping, and local food is growing. However, for reasons such as pesticide usage and habitat destruction, the pollinators and other beneficial insects that support such activities are declining. Since...

Green Alleyways

Iowa City’s alleyways are multi-purpose spaces with significant potential to contribute to Iowa City’s sustainability efforts. The city’s alleyways serve as networks of resource distribution, waste collection, recycling, and transportation for city...

Internal and Local Marketing of Sustainable Behavior

Students in the Tippie College of Business created a local marketing campaign to promote sustainable behavior in Iowa City called IC Impact. Their objective was to have IC Impact start a sustainability movement in Iowa City that would lead to a...

South Airport Site Development Improvements

At the time of this project, the southernmost runway in the Iowa City Airport was not in use and the area needed improvements for property development. Because the site was within a flood plain, the City of Iowa City was interested in having the...

STAR Sustainability Assessment

Iowa City had applied to join the Leadership STAR Community Program, a national certification program that recognizes sustainable communities. Students in the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences assisted the City of Iowa City with...

Strategic Communication Campaign for Marketing Sustainability

Undergraduate students created three strategic communication plans for the City of Iowa City. The goal of these plans is to help city communicators gain local and regional attention to the sustainability efforts in Iowa City. Each of the campaigns...

Water Reclamation for Terry Trueblood Recreation Area

The City of Iowa City Wastewater Division provides irrigation water from treated wastewater effluent to the nearby soccer fields. Recent improvements have increased the quality and quantity of the reclaimed water. The Division has recently...