Note: The deadline to apply for a Climate Action at Work award has been extended to 5 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2020. 

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

The City of Iowa City is recognizing local businesses that are advancing sustainable practices and initiatives, by inviting them to participate in the new Climate Action at Work awards program. A winner from each category will receive $500 that can be used to help offset the costs of their sustainability efforts.

Who can apply?

This program is open to all local businesses. 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. 

About the program

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

Participants can apply in one or more of the following categories. Visit our website for details on these categories and to apply online. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2020. 

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

Winners will be announced and all participants will be recognized at the Climate Action Festival, to be held in September  2020. 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

Friday, July 24, 2020