Climate Action | Sustainable Lifestyle

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Choosing to live sustainably has many benefits, both on the individual level and for the community. It can lead to healthier lifestyles, support for local businesses and jobs, and increased greenspace.

Individual choices can also help build a groundswell of community support around more climate-related actions with an understanding that if each of us chooses a few actions where we personally can have an impact, the end result will put Iowa City on the path needed to create a climate-aware community.



Giselle Bruskewitz holds a cherry tomato and smiles at the camera

Ask where your food is coming from—beyond grocery stores and restaurants! I’ve learned from the leaders who manage the kitchens and procurement in our K-12 schools, colleges and universities, retirement communities, hospitals and other community institutions that they care about local food and care deeply about the people they serve and their preferences. So ask the question!

- Giselle Bruskewitz, Iowa City resident




Did you know cutting meat and dairy can reduce someone's carbon footprint from food by two-thirds?



The store floor of Crowded Closet thrift store

"The motivation for our green, earth-conscious, sustainable practices stems from our 42-year history as a Mennonite Central Committee Thrift Shop and our mission statement. We share God's love by promoting Mennonite Central Committee and local relief agencies through the sale of donated and fair trade items."

- Christine Maust Beachy, Volunteer Coordinator at Crowded Closet



Did you know choosing delivery from a local store produces less emissions than online retail, and can even produce less emissions than driving to the store? Local delivery may be the best option to stay safe in a pandemic and lower emissions.

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