On the Radio: Decorah – Striding toward sustainability


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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.

Thank You.

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