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Is your business a leader in local sustainability measures or on its way to becoming one? Apply for a Climate Action Award and share your story!

The City of Iowa City recognizes local businesses that have implemented sustainable projects, practices, and initiatives, and invites them to participate in the 2nd Annual Climate Action at Work Awards program. Winners from each of five award categories will receive $500.

This program is open to all Iowa City businesses and non-profits. Per City policy to afford equal opportunity for all, businesses with BIPOC, female, or LGBTQ ownership are strongly encouraged to apply. If a business has multiple locations, the primary business headquarters must be located in Iowa City.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges made up of Climate Action Commission members and City staff. The 2021 application period is open now and the deadline to apply is August 20, 2021.

As part of its Climate Action initiatives, the City introduced this program in 2020 to raise awareness about climate change and recognize businesses that are helping the City reach carbon emissions reduction goals.

Participants are encouraged to include projects and practices related to any one or more of the five award categories in their applications. Climate Action Award judges will determine the applicant’s strongest category for recognition. Visit our website for details on these categories and to apply online. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 20, 2021. The five categories are: 

  • Building Efficiency
  • Transportation
  • Waste
  • Adaptation
  • Sustainable Lifestyle

Winners will be announced and all participants will be recognized at the second annual Climate Action Festival, to be held in September  2021. Stay tuned for more information about this big event!

For program details, visit or contact Economic Development Coordinator Wendy Ford at 319-356-5248 or email

Date of publication

Thursday, July 01, 2021