Eco Film Festival
Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 7:00pm
Iowa City Public Library

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:

Community Climate Action Grant

About: The purpose of this funding is to inspire and promote public involvement in the implementation of the Iowa City Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. Community input and involvement are crucial to reduce local greenhouse emissions in order to reach community-wide carbon reduction goals. This grant program aims to enhance local climate action through work performed by community-based organizations. This year, the grant will fund projects that specifically promote or implement one or more of the 35 actions within the Plan.

Qualifications: To apply, applicant must be principally and physically located in Iowa City.

Learn more and apply:

Contact: Sustainability Services, 319-887-6161

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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View the July Newsletter here.


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Contact the Sustainability Coordinator at or 319-887-6161

Sustainability Spotlight 
Blake Rupe

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

University of Iowa Student Government President Noel Mills is shown.

Noel Mills, University of Iowa Student Government President

What do you do for climate action?

As the recently elected student body president, I am committed to advancing sustainability goals at the University of Iowa. Through both normalizing sustainability practices in the UI Student Government and reminding administration that sustainability is a priority for students, my team and I hope to make climate action a core part of our work this year.

What can others do to take climate action?

Every organization can make small changes to become more sustainable. Starting with sustainability in mind at the beginning of a project helps to keep a team focused on reducing waste. Beyond waste reduction, making climate action a key part of organizational culture can go a long way in guiding work down a path of long-term viability.

Why does climate action matter to you?

Climate action matters to me because the most vulnerable among us will hurt the most in the near future. Our most at-risk environments, species, and fellow humans are the ones who will suffer first from the poor decisions of the powerful. These areas and populations drive my desire to take climate action.

I’ve attached Noel’s photo here. For some reason, it’s appearing really small and low-res in the newsletter, I’m not sure if that’s something you can fix but it’s hard to read what her whiteboard says.


Sustainability Services