Community members are encouraged to attend an upcoming event that will highlight Iowa City’s recent recognition for excellence in sustainability while discussing methods to continue to make it better.  

Earlier this month, Iowa City received a 4-STAR Community Rating for sustainability from STAR Communities, a nonprofit organization that evaluates cities for their sustainability efforts. STAR stands for Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating Communities. Iowa City is one of only five communities in Iowa to be rated and is the highest scoring city in the state to date. 

A public presentation will happen Monday, March 28 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A. Iowa City Sustainability Coordinator Brenda Nations and Housing Program Assistant Carri Fox-Rummelhart will lead the meeting.

“This is an opportunity for the community to learn about our city’s strengths and weaknesses when it comes to sustainability,” Nations said. “We hope people will come ready to join the conversation about how we can continue to improve our city.”

During the presentation, Nations and Fox-Rummelhart will explain what the STAR program is and why the city decided to participate. They’ll also discuss Iowa City’s score in individual categories.  

STAR Communities evaluates several areas before issuing a rating. Topics range from climate and energy to the economy and jobs as well as education, arts and community.

Iowa City received high marks for transportation, as nearly 30 percent of people walk, bike or ride transit to get to and from work. The city also received strong scores for its growing economy and designation as a UNESCO City of Literature. 

To see how Iowa City scored in each category visit:

To learn more about the STAR Community rating system visit


Date of publication

Thursday, March 24, 2016