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UI Marks Progress on 2020 Sustainability Goals

The University of Iowa has made significant progress on its 2020 Vision Sustainability Goals. Liz Christiansen, director of the Office of Sustainability, reported on the mid-term progress of the goals from 2010 to 2015 at an Earth Day open house April 22 in the Office of Sustainability.

Hanley receives IISC Faculty Service Award

Paul Hanley, associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering, received the spring 2016 Faculty Service Award presented by the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC). The award seeks to highlight one faculty member each semester and recognize his or her commitment to community engagement and the impact of their projects on their...

Iowa City earns 4-STAR certification

Iowa City has earned certification as a 4-STAR Community for its work in economic, social and environmental sustainability. The city received its certification Wednesday from the Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating Communities, or STAR Communities, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that works to evaluate and improve sustainability within communities.

Teaching community outreach

University of Iowa faculty and students will partner with Mason City and a five-county region in east-central Iowa on community-betterment projects ranging from art to urban revitalization, officials announced Thursday.

Young receives Faculty Service Award from Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities

Rachel Young, assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, received the first annual Faculty Service Award, presented by the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities. The award is presented to one faculty member each semester and recognizes the winner's commitment to community engagement and the impact of his or her project...

Sioux City business group studying green space to give downtown a boost

Downtown Partners, a nonprofit business advocacy group, wants to add green space to attract more people downtown, but Rusty Clark and some other business owners say a lack of parking and foot traffic are bigger issues.

Sioux City Council moves closer to installing bike lanes

Sioux City is one step closer to installing bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly crosswalks. Two weeks ago, the City Council adopted an active transportation plan that recommends bike and pedestrian improvements in the city, including bike lanes, safer sidewalks and crosswalks, timelines for implementation and costs for the proposed projects.

County, city and IISC to celebrate community projects Tuesday

Winneshiek County, Winneshiek County Conservation, city of Decorah and the University of Iowa’s Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC) invite the public to attend a celebration highlighting sustainability projects completed over the last academic year.

Study of downtown trash bins aims to improve sustainability

The Iowa City Downtown District and the University of Iowa's Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities have joined forces with the city in an effort to make downtown alleys a little greener.