Listen to this week’s radio segment here. It features our latest sustainable community – Decorah.
Just south of the Minnesota border, a small Iowa town is leaping toward sustainability.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus on sustainable communities.
Iowans know Decorah as home to Luther College and as a center for Norwegian-American culture. But perhaps we should add another item to its list of distinguishing traits – greenness.
Decorah’s recent sustainable accomplishments include:
- Encouraging smart growth through a green permitting process for construction;
- Serving more local foods in school cafeterias;
- Hosting green expos;
- And increasing recycling.
Additionally, Luther College has decreased its energy use by 20 percent in recent years through a number of innovative ways, including converting used fryer oil into diesel fuel for grounds equipment.
By 2013, Decorah hopes to begin a rain barrel program, a citywide curbside recycling program, cut their energy consumption by 15 percent and sell local produce in all grocery stores.
So hats off to Decorah, for helping to create a cleaner, greener Iowa.
For more information, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.
I’m Jerry Schnoor from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.