Welcome to the City of Iowa City Sustainability webpage! 

Iowa City is committed to being a leader in sustainable community development. Sustainability Coordinator Brenda Nations helps ensure that Iowa City's public services and planning efforts are rooted in sustainable principles. 

The City of Iowa City received a 4-STAR Community Rating for sustainability excellence by being formally certified in the STAR Community Rating System, or Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating Communities. Learn more about Iowa City's current rating, and efforts to improve to its sustainability practices by visiting,

We invite you to browse our pages and learn more about Iowa City's sustainability efforts:

Sustainability Initiatives and Reports  

Take action by participating in current sustainability programs and activities. Browse reports and become educated about Iowa City's current climate situation. 

Featured projects: 

Sustainable Iowa City Newsletter 

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Contact the Sustainability Coordinator at or 319-887-6161

Sustainability Spotlight 

Learn more about Iowa City's sustainability superstars who are making our community a better place to live, work and play. 
An image of Gustave Stewart

May Feature: Gustave Stewart,  Iowa City Council University of Iowa Student Government Liaison

What sustainability means to me:

To me, sustainability is taking actions in our day to day life that will benefit the environment and the community around us in the short and long term. It is something that has many benefits and affects our physical and mental health, our economic well-being, and the environment. I take the mindset that environmentalism is progress which has many benefits.

My actions to improve sustainability:

In my life, I have tried to promote sustainability by taking active or public transportation when possible. By doing this, I can reduce my carbon footprint and am able to have a healthier lifestyle. I have also tried to advocate to the University and community in promoting a better environment that allows for more individuals to engage in sustainable transportation and living.

Other efforts we can consider to advance sustainability:

I believe that taking the steps to incorporate public transportation, walking, or biking is a great way to incorporate sustainability in a person’s daily life. Commuting is already something we do every day. Why not reduce our emissions? In an institutional perspective, it is important to look at ways that can maximize ridership by increasing accessibility, creating closer together communities, and implementing programs such as a bike share. All these things will decrease our carbon footprint and hopefully increase livability.



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