On The Radio – Iowa City celebrates Regenerative City Day

Turning Iowa City into an "ecopolis" includes utilizing local renewable energy sources and constructing environmentally-friendly building (Tom Jacobs/Flickr)
Corner of Iowa Avenue and Dubuque Street (looking south) in Iowa City. (Tom Jacobs/Flickr)
Nick Fetty | June 6, 2016

This week’s On The Radio segment looks Iowa City’s effort to become the Midwest’s first “Regenerative City.”

Transcript: Iowa City celebrates Regenerative City Day

Mayor Jim Throgmorton wants Iowa City to be the Midwest’s first “Regenerative City,” according to a proclamation released in May.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Throgmorton’s May 3 statement proclaiming it Regenerative City Day in Iowa City was the result of more than a year of community discussions and forums. The language of regeneration, rather than sustainability alone, recognizes the city’s responsibility to promote both the reduction of harmful practices and the promotion of environmental restoration initiatives. These may include overhauling urban farming practices, ridding parks of pesticide use, and enacting soil health initiatives like native prairie restoration, according to Throgmorton.

Throgmorton: “The proclamation is aspirational. It doesn’t have the force of policy or law but it does indicate that we intend to lead the way.”

Iowa City recently affirmed the Compact of Mayors agreement to place climate actions as a central priority in planning decisions, joining Des Moines and Dubuque.

For more information about Iowa City’s Regenerative City Day, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.

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