Smarter Sustainable Dubuque is part of the City's Sustainable Dubuque Initiative, which began in 2006 when the Mayor and City Council made it a top priority for the city.
Sustainable Dubuque seeks to make Dubuque a community that meets the environmental, economic, and social equity needs of its residents today without reducing the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
Smarter Sustainable Dubuque is the research function of the Sustainable Dubuque initiative, a unique public/private partnership between the City of Dubuque, IBM Watson Research Center’s Global “Smarter Planet” Initiative and other key partners . The project was initiated in September 2009 when the City of Dubuque and IBM announced their intentions to make Dubuque one of the first “smarter” sustainable cities in the U.S. The first $30,000 in “seed” money was provided by the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation. It has grown into a collaboration that includes over two dozen industries and eight state and federal agencies.
It is the development of new “smarter” technologies coupled with community outreach and implementation strategies to create a replicable, international model of sustainability for communities of 200,000 and under, where over 40 percent of the U.S. population resides. The model will integrate community engagement and education, more energy-efficient ways of operating municipal services and buildings, decreased carbon emissions, new job creation, increased financial savings, resource conservation and a higher quality of life for the entire community. It will also document the competitive opportunities that come through “smarter” resource utilization.