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Learn more about what steps we all can take and resources available to local businesses in these key areas: Buildings & Energy Transportation | Waste Reduction


Rebate program for electric vehicle charging at apartment buildings and condo complexes

Building owners and managers wishing to provide electric vehicle charging to their residents may apply to the City of Iowa City for a 50/50 match of installation costs (labor and materials) up to $1,000. If an electrical panel upgrade is required, a rebate of up to $2,500 is offered. 

Applicants must be a landlord, property manager, or authorized HOA representative. Eligible properties must be at least a fourplex apartment building or condominium. Installation must be completed by a licensed electrician.

This rebate provides funding for installation costs, including labor and materials, and can be paired with the rebate on level 2, dual-port EV charging equipment offered by MidAmerican Energy. Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of that program in conjunction with the City’s rebate, and can learn more about the MidAmerican rebate program on the utility website.

As part of the rebate program, the City will also provide educational materials related to electric vehicles and charging practices for tenants/residents at participating properties.

Want to better understand electric vehicle trends in our area? Watch the Eastern Iowa Electric Vehicle (EV) Readiness Plan webinar and stakeholder meeting.

For more information, contact Daniel Bissell at

Woman charging an electric vehicle

Buildings & Energy

Energy is something used every day, often without thinking about it. We turn on the light switch and expect lights to turn on. We heat and cool our homes, only pausing at the end of the month to think about what this means for our electricity or gas bill. 

The most recent greenhouse gas inventory for Iowa City shows that 71% of total emissions in Iowa City come from the electricity and natural gas used to power and heat our homes and businesses. Preventing the worst impacts of climate change begins with reducing how much energy we consume in our buildings and using cleaner power sources like wind and solar to generate that energy.



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We often think of cities in terms of their skyline, all those buildings towering upward and outward. But just as critical to the urban landscape is the network of roads, sidewalks, trails, and railways linking those buildings together. Without them, residents can't commute to work or school or visit friends and family, and businesses can't get necessary supplies or distribute their goods.

Connectivity is important but also can come at a cost to our air quality and greenhouse gas emissions. The most recent greenhouse gas inventory for Iowa City shows that 18% of total emissions in Iowa City come from the transportation sector. The more we can embrace active transportation like biking and walking, and transportation that makes more efficient use of our resources like transit and electric vehicles, the more we can put ourselves on a path toward better health in the present and reduced climate change impacts in the future.


And explore the Climate Action Grant and Climate Action @ Work programs for funding and recognition opportunities!


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