ECO Iowa City is an initiative to improve environmental sustainability in Johnson County, Kalona and Riverside. ECO Iowa City provides events, programs, hands-on workshops, films, book recommendations and discussions, incentives and resources…and lots of opportunities (in person and online!) for fun and community-building. 

The program is organized and funded by the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center. Funding and assistance has also come from the Iowa City Public Library, the East Central Iowa Council of Governments and the Solid Waste Alternative Program fund through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Partners include the public libraries of Johnson County, the University of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education and dozens of local environmental groups.

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Events and resources

Join ECO Iowa City at these upcoming community events!

Wednesday, April 13, 7 pm:  Blue Vinyl screening at the East Side Recycling Center.

Friday, April 22, 4:30 pm to 8 pm:  Free Earth Day Celebration:  Growing with Families at Mercer Park.

Saturday, April 23, 10 am to 3 pm:  Craft Your Environment Fair at the East Side Recycling Center.

Sunday, April 24, 1-4 pm:  Earth Care/Nature Connect Family Fun at Kent Park.

Saturday, April 30, 9 - 11:30 am:  Backyard Abundance Edible Plant Sale at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center.

Saturday, May 7, 9 - 11:30 am:  Project GREEN Garden Fair at Kinnick Stadium.

Miss a program?  

While not all programming is recorded, we do have a small library of recorded programs. 


ECO Iowa City overview 4/13/2013  

ECO Iowa City: Holiday Unit Overview 12/2/2013                              

Programming available via City Channel 4 streaming media

ECO Iowa City: State and Local Planning for Water Issues (10/30/2013) 

ECO Iowa City: The American Way of Eating book discussion at ICPL (5/13/2013) 

ECO Iowa City:  Reducing Wasted Food (4-24-13) 

From the orginial ECO Iowa City programming with the Iowa City Public Library (2008-2009)

ECO Iowa City: Improving water quality, starting with your home 

ECO Iowa City: Preserving Old Windows with Bob Yapp 

ECO Iowa City, bicycle commuting

ECO Iowa City: how to make a rain barrel with Chant Eicke  

ECO Iowa City: backyard composting 


Jen Jordan                                         
Recycling Coordinator                          
City of Iowa City