University of Iowa

City of Iowa City

Iowa Counties 
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Home to the University of Iowa, Iowa City has heavily invested in sustainable design and infrastructure as it continues to grow economically and culturally. After devastating floods in 2008, the city has reconstructed with a focus on sustainable practices. Partnering with the IISC will allow the city and local organizations to continue to grow the downtown into a dynamic cultural hub for the community, market their goals and achievements, and further their progress on building a sustainable community.

City of Iowa City Projects

2018-2019

2015-2016

Iowa City - Bicycle Safety and Use Campaigns

Students in the Public Health Program completed two projects, both of which focused on increasing awareness and use of safe road-sharing behaviors and bicycling transportation in Iowa City. The first project was focused on the creation of a communications campaign about how sharrows are understood...
City Park in Iowa City

Iowa City - Ecosystem Services

To help the City of Iowa City continue to foster the benefits of its natural areas, students from the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences conducted two research projects on the ecological services provided by the parks and open spaces in the city. The first project used hedonic...

Iowa City - Housing and Equity

Urban and Regional Planning students examined trends of income inequality in the Iowa City metropolitan area and developed a plan identifying income inequality trends in Iowa City, case studies of similar areas, and strategies for supporting affordable housing in the community; poster displaying...

Iowa City - LED Streetlight Conversion

Greenhouse gas and energy reduction were identified as two major goals for 2015 in The City of Iowa City’s 2014 Sustainability Report. The City was, then, pursuing several initiatives to achieve those goals, including an agreement with MidAmerican Energy to convert all of Iowa City’s streetlights...

Iowa City - Marketing Food Waste Prevention

A senior marketing student researched food waste prevention among local businesses in Iowa City and created a communication campaign for promoting local composting and recycling efforts. Food waste reduction is an important component of sustainability that many local Iowa City businesses are...

Iowa City - Retaining UI Gradutes in Iowa City

The City of Iowa City requested that students in the Entrepreneurial Management Institutes’ Business Consulting Course research what young professionals are looking for in a place to live, create messages that the City and ICAD could use to market the ways in which Iowa City fulfills these criteria...

Iowa City - Urban Ecology

Students in a geography class completed two separate projects for Iowa City. The first project focused on the ecological functions of roadside vegetation in Iowa City, including identification of roadside land area in the city that can be prioritized for re-planting and re-design as native...

Iowa City Public Art

Students in Professor Anita Jung’s studio course collaborated with the City of Iowa City to develop a public art piece for installment in Iowa City. During the course of the class, students broke into groups and prepared proposals for the public art piece, which city staff chose from. Their...

Iowa City Public History

Students made parklands along the Iowa River the focus of questions that focus on Iowa City's history, and concentrated on environmental justice concerns related to use and misuse of the river. The project resulted in a website with audio and visuals about this history that can be accessed from the...

2014-2015

Iowa City - Community Radon Campaign

Students in the College of Public Health worked in three groups that targeted different sectors of the Iowa population: the aging population, parents of elementary-aged children, and homeowners in Iowa City to look at the levels of radon in these sectors. Each group researched best methods to reach...

Iowa City - Green Alleyways

Students in the School of Urban and Regional Planning gave four recommendations to the City of Iowa City and the Iowa City Downtown District about waste management in local alleyways in order to increase the use of the sustainability potential of these areas. Iowa City’s alleyways are multi-purpose...