Manchester Fish Hatchery mural ribbon cutting

Manchester Fish Hatchery Celebrates New Mural

Sunday, April 23, 2023
The mural was made possible by the Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority. Through an Iowa DNR watershed planning grant, they enlisted the help of the University of Iowa’s Initiative for Sustainable Communities program, which takes students out of the classroom and into communities to complete real-world projects.
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Clinton's Liberty Square - Revitalizing a former brown field

Tuesday, April 11, 2023
For their capstone project, graduate students in planning and sustainable development have spent the year conceiving a new life for an area at the western entrance of Clinton, IA. The group sought public input during design charrettes in order to come up with four concepts for the narrow land that was once the site of a railroad repair shop.
Clinton kickoff event

UI students bring improvements to City of Clinton through university program

Tuesday, March 28, 2023
The University of Iowa’s Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities program, or IISC, will bring more than 20 student-led projects to the City of Clinton by the end of the academic year. The program allows students from a range of disciplines to develop and share ideas to help advance a community’s goals. This year, the IISC partnered with the City of Clinton.
A tan house with a picket fence and balloons outside.

IISC Students Contribute Plans to Create New Pocket Neighborhood

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Original designs for a new pocket neighborhood in Maquoketa, IA, were created by University of Iowa Civil and Environmental Engineering students in conjunction with the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Studies’ (IISC) partnership with the East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA). The homes in the development are affordable and help the community increase its housing stock.
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IISC Participates in Naming of New Iowa City Neighborhood Association

Monday, February 13, 2023
Members of IISC class participate in formation of new westside neighborhood association.
A river with a small lighthouse and a bridge.

Tippie Students Help Make Iowa Cities Better Places to Live

Thursday, January 26, 2023
Students from the Tippie College of Business' Marketing Institute provide consulting services to IISC partner communities, including Clinton.
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Festival Time! Engineering Students Create Plans for Clinton Park

Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Students in the University of Iowa's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department provide designs to renovate and add to Clinton's Riverview Park as it prepares to host a large music festival.
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Planning and Sustainable Development Students Assess Clinton's Housing Needs

Wednesday, January 18, 2023
A group of graduate students from the University of Iowa's IISC program are spending the academic year studying the housing needs of the city of Clinton.
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Meet IISC Alum Caitlin Shanahan

Thursday, December 29, 2022
Caitlin Shanahan received her Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning with a focus on Land Use and Environmental Planning in 2014. We checked in with Caitlin to learn about her current work and the ways in which participating in IISC has impacted her. 
Emani Brinkman, young woman with brown skin, curly shoulder length hair, and wearing a maroon sweater smiles broadly

Student Spotlight: Emani Brinkman

Friday, November 11, 2022
Emani Brinkman’s undergraduate studies were a bit of a smorgasbord. She double majored in economics and business administration, minored in religion, and got a concentration in environmental studies. She jokes that it was the “I-don’t-know-what-I-want-do!” combo platter, but now as a Master’s student in Urban and Regional Planning, she realizes it was evidence of her desire to blend many interests under one job area.