University of Iowa


Iowa Counties 

The City of Dubuque has become well known in Iowa and across the nation in the last decade for the city's commitment to sustainability. Positioned along the Mississippi River, the river has played an integral part in the City's economy and resources. As the City has continued to grow and serve a tri-state area that includes Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin, they have addressed downtown redevelopment, industrial expansion, and riverfront transformation, incorporating sustainability principles and community engagement.

Dubuque Projects



Housing for a Vibrant Dubuque

Students studied factors that affect a household's locational choice and developed seven recommendations for the City of Dubuque to fulfill its vision of creating a choice of livable neighborhoods and opportunities would attract and retain households, especially young professionals and families.


Local Foods Action Plan

Dubuque city leaders wanted to increase the production and consumption of local foods as part of their Sustainability Dubuque initiative. In addition to common direct-to-consumer approaches, such as community supported agriculture programs and community gardens, Dubuque city leaders wanted to...

Portrait of Poverty in Dubuque

Students researched who is in poverty and where they lived in Dubuque, IA; identified barriers to getting out of poverty; and developed recommendations for best practices in anti-poverty initiatives. One of the cornerstones of sustainability is social/cultural vibrancy. After the City of Dubuque...