Climate Action | Sustainable Lifestyle

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Most everyone desires the most convenient access to products, services and life choices, but this often comes at a cost to air quality and greenhouse gas emissions. For instance, the most recent greenhouse gas inventory for Iowa City shows that 40% of community-wide carbon emissions comes from electricity use alone. 

Our daily actions have a part to play in climate change. These actions often bring people together and oftentimes lead to greater fulfillment as you steward the Earth and the culture of sustainability in our city. The more we embrace “One Planet Living” like buying local, eating less meat and dairy, and uniting in equity, the more we can put ourselves on a path toward better planet and personal health in the present and reduced climate change impacts in the future.



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.