On the Radio: New Iowa City recycling center takes green construction to new levels


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Listen to our latest radio segment here.  It features the efforts of our latest sustainable community – Iowa City.  You can also read the transcript below.

With considerable attention to details including the use of waterless urinals, a new Iowa City recycling center hopes to become the city’s greenest building.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus on sustainable communities.

After five years of planning and construction, Iowa City’s East Side Recycling Center is nearly complete. With the inclusion of three reuse businesses, the center will serve as a one-stop recycling facility.

The building’s environmental features include a green roof, wind turbine, living walls and solar-powered lights. It will also serve as an educational venue, as it contains classrooms and an amphitheater.

The new recycling facility’s design shows an understanding that the best way to increase recycling participation is by making it easy and fun. Congratulations Iowa City on leading the way with this innovative recycling center.

For more information, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

I’m Jerry Schnoor from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Thank You.

Note: The reuse businesses housed in the recycling center include ReStore, The Furniture Project and the Salvage Barn.

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