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. 
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August Feature: Dave Cwiertny, the director of the University of Iowa's new Sustainable Water Development Graduate program

What sustainability means to me:

Sustainability, to me, is something very hopeful. It’s hope that my children, and their children, will live in a world that is better than today’s. More broadly, it’s hope for thriving communities that are equitable and just, with the resources to provide for all citizens regardless of their race or income status. Unfortunately, for those that care deeply about the environment, there haven’t been many reasons of late to feel hopeful or optimistic. But we must remain committed to the goal of sustainable development because it’s the brightest future where everyone benefits.

My actions to improve sustainability:

I’m incredibly fortunate to work at the University, where I’ve developed courses to help train the next generation of engineers and scientists to be better stewards of the environment and champions for sustainability. And in my lab, we conduct research on new technologies that may one day improve the sustainability of energy and water resources. At home, my kids gave me a compost bin a few years ago for Father’s Day. I’m pretty obsessed with it when it comes to reducing our family’s food and yard waste, and we use the compost in our vegetable garden.

Other efforts we can consider to advance sustainability:

First, we must change our way of thinking as consumers.  Our choices need to better reflect the embedded resources in the products and services we use from day-to-day, as well as the waste generated through their consumption and disposal. Second, if sustainability is important to you, then vote for representatives in local, state, and federal government that also make the environment a priority. Sustainable development benefits more than just the environment; it will create jobs, revitalize infrastructure, and promote national security through energy independence and resilience to a changing climate.  



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