University of Iowa

Iowa City Climate Action Plan Implementation

Iowa City Climate Action Today
Academic Year 
2018-2019
Project Partners 

As part of the Environmental Policy and Management class, graduate students in the School of Urban and Regional Planning are working with the City of Iowa City to form action to plan to prepare the city for a wide array of issues including social vulnerability, flooding, extreme heat and cold events, transportation, building energy efficiency, local foods and the reusing and upcycling of goods. 

The Iowa City City Council established a community-wide greenhouse gas emissions target and has created its first Climate Action and Adaption Plan to develop strategies to achieve its emissions target.

The Council approved a resolution setting community-wide greenhouse gas reduction goals of 26-28% for the year 2025 and 80% by 2050. The baseline year for these reductions is 2005. At the time the reduction goals were set, they were in alignment with the U.S. targets set by the Paris Agreement and agreed upon for the United States by President Obama in 2016.

The Development and implementation of the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan will assist in meeting these targets.