The City of Iowa City is excited to announce the winners of its second annual Climate Action at Work Awards program. Participation was open to all Iowa City-based businesses, encouraging applications from those with BIPOC, female or LGBTQ ownership.

The Awards Program began in 2020 and features five categories: Adaptation, Buildings, Transportation, Waster Management, and Sustainable Lifestyle, all areas of focus for the City’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. The program is intended to raise awareness about climate change while recognizing businesses that are helping our City reach carbon emission reduction goals.

Congratulations to all winners, and a huge thank you to all entrants for sharing their progress toward helping stem climate change. Winners from each category will receive $500. This year's Climate Action at Work award winners are:


ACT for their work in becoming the first Iowa business to earn an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program certification which requires an environmental management plan focused on wildlife and habitat management, water quality, and natural resource conservation.


Urban Fuel Express for their Climate Action foresight by embracing many clean energy technologies, including solar power and EV charging stations at their new Dodge Street convenience store.

Waste Management

Haunted Bookshop, whose business is built on recycling and reusing, has embraced a broad range of green business practices, including the sale of used books, limiting landfill waste to a very small amount, maximizing recycling, and purchasing carbon offsets for all orders it ships, among other things.


Bicycle Happiness, for 20 years of empowering residents to embrace bikes as a healthy, clean, and fun way to navigate living, working, and playing in Iowa City.

Sustainable Lifestyle

New Pioneer Food Co-Op, for a long history of providing healthy foods in a way that cares for the community and planet, including sourcing product from local farmers which reduces miles traveled and fuel spent, eliminating plastic bags, and partnering with Table to Table to rescue 80,000 pounds of food.

Date of publication

Tuesday, September 21, 2021