Area residents who want to learn to live more sustainably and reduce their impact on the environment are invited to an open house during which information will be shared about the Northwest Earth Institute’s EcoChallenge program. The open house, organized by the City of Iowa City ECO Iowa City program, is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 15, at the East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Blvd. SE.

Northwest Earth Institute’s EcoChallenge is an annual national event that challenges people in a fun way to reduce their environmental footprint. Individuals and teams pick a category — water, trash, energy, food, transportation, or civic engagement — and choose an action of change to follow for two weeks in an effort to change one habit that will benefit the planet. This year’s EcoChallenge is scheduled Oct. 15-29.

ECO Iowa City has created a local team and invites attendees to join them or start their own. The open house will share information on what other team members are doing and will also allow attendees to pick out a couple of incentives to help them get started -- while supplies last!

Points are accrued for participation in EcoChallenge events, and they increase a participant’s odds of winning raffle prizes, including the grand prize: a one-year supply of Organic Valley products, valued at $360. To be eligible to win the grand prize, participants must earn 250 points. 

For more information or to sign up, visit To register to join the ECO Iowa City team, enter “ECO Iowa City” for the team name and “ecoiowacity!” for the key.

For more information, contact Jen Jordan, City of Iowa City Recycling Coordinator, at or 319-887-6160.

Date of publication

Monday, October 12, 2015