Green is More
As we continue our colorful journey into fall, enjoy the latest iGreenCR news - hot off the press!
Community Climate Action Plan
In February 2020, City Council passed a resolution recognizing the urgency for climate action. In response to this resolution, a public planning and engagement process to create the Community Climate Action Plan kicks off this month!

You're invited to join our Virtual Kickoff Events, featuring a fantastic panel of speakers with diverse perspectives on community resilience, social justice, and climate change action! During the events we will also detail the planning timeline and launch our Community Climate Action Survey and Climate Advisory Committee application.

The survey and committee application will be open from October 22 - November 20. We will send you another email when these are available.

Kickoff Events 
Register to attend!

October 22 | 5:30-7 PM

October 29 | 10:30 AM-Noon


Panelists (October 22)
  • Mark Weldon (PepsiCo)
  • Dr. Eric Tate (University of Iowa)
  • Karla Twedt-Ball (Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation)
  • Monica Vallejo (Young Parents Network, Westdale Area Neighborhood Association, League of United Latin American Citizens)
Panelists (October 29)
  • Dr. David Osterberg (University of Iowa, Iowa Policy Project)
  • Dara Schmidt (Director, Cedar Rapids Public Library)
  • Mugisha Bwenge (United We March Forward)
  • Andrea Scott and student (Cedar River Academy, Cedar Rapids Community School District)

In order to maximize participation and diversity in our Community Climate Action Survey, roughly 10 survey events with special Climate Action Giveaways will be held in Oakhill-Jackson, Wellington Heights, Northwest, Taylor, and Westdale Area neighborhoods. Follow the City of Cedar Rapids on Facebook for updates on how and when to attend these events!
iGreenCR Action Plan FY20 Report
iGreenCR Action Plan report cover


The City's first municipal sustainability plan recently closed out its first reporting year. View highlights and learn more about the City's effort to lead in triple-bottom-line sustainability efforts.
FY20 Report Highlights

Resources

This element focuses on resource conservation and clean energy utilization. Action steps are meant to improve energy efficiency and reduce waste, with the overall goal of creating a healthier environment in which to live.

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  • Sponsorship of Green Iowa AmeriCorps for home weatherization supporting low-income, disabled, elderly, and veteran populations.
  • Summer 2019 Solar Group Buy -- 90 homes, 730kW

Nature

This element explores how partnering with nature's ecosystem services can improve public health. Action steps are meant to increase our resilience to high heat and heavy rainfall events and help insect species avoid population collapse.

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  • 1,000-Acre Pollinator Initiative achieved (City contributed 319 acres)
  • 188% increase in water volume handled by Stormwater BMP cost-share sites

Development

This element leverages our built environment to conserve resources, enhance the community's long-term financial position, and improve social equity to create a more vibrant city.

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  • Worked with four non-profit agencies to construct or rehab eight units of housing, four within the City's core
  • Five new projects approved located in Core Districts; $38 million in total investment

Community

This element prioritizes equity, services, and community connectedness. Action steps are meant to ensure residents have access to basic needs like transportation, healthy food and meaningful work.

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  • 80 sets of locks and lights provided to "need" cyclists
  • 46% increase in student rides since Sponsored Student Fare Program implemented
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