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.

Email jennifer-jordan@iowa-city.org to be added to our weekly email list for upcoming events.

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Events and resources

ECO Iowa City:  Winter 2017 Reuse and Upcycling Series

East Side Recycling Center’s Environmental Education Center

2401 Scott Blvd. SE, Iowa City

Materials will be provided; please feel free to bring your own materials and/or projects-in-progress to work on or for advice!  There is no cost to attend these workshops but registration is required.  Register for as many as you like.  Classes limited to 20 attendees. 

Register by contacting the Recycling Coordinator Jen Jordan at jennifer-jordan@iowa-city.org or 319-887-6160.  Questions?  Please contact Jen. 

Creating Rugs from Scrap Material 

Wednesday, February 1, 6:30 – 8 pm (FULL)

Wednesday, March 8, 6:30 -- 8 pm

Upcycle non-wearable clothes into beautiful rugs.  Bring scrap material or non-wearable clothes (stained and torn clothes are perfect!) to cut up and a sharp pair of scissors!  We’ll have some material and scissors.  Several rug-making techniques will be demonstrated.  Suitable for ages 12 and up; kids should have accompanying adult. 

Workshop leader:  Jen Jordan

Handwoven potholders using recyclable materials

Monday, February 6, 6:30 – 8 pm

Learn to weave beautiful, useful potholders from upcycled materials.  Bring scrap material (thin cotton is preferred - old sheets are perfect) to cut up and a sharp pair of scissors!  We’ll have some material and scissors. Suitable for ages 12 and up; kids should have accompanying adult. 

Workshop leader:  Jennifer Hobbs of Five Petal Farm

Mending 101

Monday, February 13, 6:30 – 8 pm

Replace buttons, repair or adjust seams, darn socks! Join sewing and mending expert Becky Ross to learn or brush up on basic skills, or bring a tougher project to get advice or assistance.  Suitable for ages 12 and up; kids should have accompanying adult. 

Workshop leader:  Becky Ross

Creating Mittens from Old Sweaters

Monday, February 27, 6:30 to 8 pm

Do you have a sweater that is too worn to wear?  This class will teach you how to make a pair of warm sweater mittens.  There will be sweaters available to choose from but feel free to bring your own.  Some sewing machines will be provided; please bring yours if you have a portable machine.  Suitable for ages 12 and up; kids should have accompanying adult. 

Workshop leader:  Brooke Butler

Small Furniture Project

Wednesday, March 1, 6:30 - 8 pm

Design and create your own small furniture for your favorite dolls and action figures! We'll show you how to make chairs, couches, tables, and footstools.  Bring your own box and we can even help you create a small room. Expect some simple assembly, and working with scissors and glue. We'll have supplies handy. Please bring these items if you have them: orange juice cans, boxes with lids, Pringles cans, berry crates, plastic food containers or your own recyclables that spark your imagination.  Suitable for ages 7 and up; kids should have accompanying adult.                      

Workshop leaders: Regeneration Factory’s Amy Smith Pasley, and Madonna Smith

Upcycled Craft Night

Monday, March 6, 6:30 – 8 pm

Learn how to turn juice cartons into wallets and coin purses, fold paper into gift boxes and bags, old jeans into garden tool belts and more!  Or bring a project you’ve been working on and add to the fun!  Suitable for ages 12 and up; kids should have accompanying adult. 

Workshop leader:  Jen Jordan

Creating Rugs from Scrap Material 

Wednesday, March 8, 6:30 -- 8 pm

Upcycle non-wearable clothes into beautiful rugs.  Bring scrap material or non-wearable clothes (stained and torn clothes are perfect!) to cut up and a sharp pair of scissors!  We’ll have some material and scissors.  Several rug-making techniques will be demonstrated.  Suitable for ages 12 and up; kids should have accompanying adult. 

Workshop leader:  Jen Jordan

Miss a program?  

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

Overviews

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 

Contacts

Jen Jordan                                         
Recycling Coordinator                          
City of Iowa City                                 
jennifer-jordan@iowa-city.org               
319-887-6160