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The City of Dubuque and local partners are in the midst of a two-year partnership with the University of Iowa Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities.  IISC’s purpose is to enhance the capacity of towns, cities, and counties in Iowa, as well as elsewhere in the Midwest, to better become sustainable communities and to apply the talent and knowledge of the students and faculty of the University of Iowa to develop plans and initiatives that will enable Iowa’s small towns and cities to enhance the sustainability of their communities.

During the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 academic years, the second-year masters students acted as consultants for the City and local partners to complete work related to the community's sustainability initiative.  They completed projects that included the following areas related to performance measurement, renewable energy, housing, neighborhood schools, local foods, poverty, Green & Healthy Homes, and alternative transportation. 
    To view the final presentations of the groups, visit the May 8, 2012 and May 6, 2013 City Council Work Session videos archived here.

     Climate Communities.JPG The City has joined Climate Communities, a national coalition of local governments in order to leverage federal policy and funding for local initiatives aimed at reducing carbon emission and promoting sustainable, self reliant communities.  Leading the grass roots effort  is absolutely necessary if we are to be successful in meeting the challenges of (reducing green house gases) global climate change.  Dubuque was invited to send 2 representatives to participate in an invitation only retreat of 25 leaders from across the United States to help draft the Climate Action Blueprint for the next Federal Administration.

    ICLEI The city is also participating with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) in using their climate change measurement software, to measure the carbon footprint of our city facilities.  This will be a useful tool in furthering energy conservation for our operation.

    National Trust for Historic Preservation

    Dubuque was selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation Office of Sustainability to be one of three communities across the country to participate in a Preservation Green Lab demonstration project. This project has at the heart of its mission the concept that the embodied energy (energy previously used to create a product or building) found in historic structures, needs to be at the heart of a city's sustainability strategy. The Preservation Green Lab in Dubuque will focus on the Millworking Warehouse District and the marrying of historic preservation standards with smart energy systems for adaptive building reuse.

    Carbon Disclosure Project.JPG Dubuque was one of 30 cities selected across the United States to partner with the Carbon Disclosure Project and ICLEI in a Carbon Disclosure pilot program.  The aim of the pilot program will be to develop learning for ICLEI and the CDP while also enabling cities to understand their own operations more in depth and the impact on Green House Gas Emissions.

    AIA In 2006, Dubuque was one of eight cities in the United States and the only city in Iowa to be selected by the American Institute of Architects to participate in a land use and urban design process to develop recommendations to foster a more sustainable Dubuque.  This process engaged hundreds of Dubuque citizens in presentations, stakeholder meetings and breakout sessions to develop a road map for sustainable land use and urban design for our community.

    Sustainable Dubuque is a community-created, community-led vision for the future.  Visit www.sustainabledubuque.org to learn about the many organizations and individuals who are leading the charge to create a more viable, livable and equitable community.

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