Iowa City Climate Fest – Day Five: Adaption takes all of us working together


Image of Sycamore Greenspace

Maxwell Bernstein | September 25, 2020

The themes for the fifth day of the Iowa City Climate Fest are community effort in providing sustainable business practices and connecting with nature. Iowa City will announce which five businesses will receive the first annual Climate Action at Work Awards; an award for businesses that have adopted to reduce emissions. 

The personal challenge for day five is to check-in at noon to see who won this award and to support them and their efforts in reducing emissions.

The community event includes checking this story map that shows natural features along the path of the Sycamore Greenspace trail and then heading out there to check them out in person. You can also register to participate in a guided hike and presentation at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. 

Information is also provided to learn about the Iowa Flood Center and The Iowa Watershed Approach projects’ work in increasing flood resistance and reducing flooding in nine watersheds across the state.

The Iowa City Climate Fest urges people to bring a mask and practice social distancing when out in public. For more information on the festival and the previous days, click on this link or check out previous posts from Iowa Environmental Focus

Iowa City Climate Fest – Day Four: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – and Repair


Via Flickr

Nicole Welle | September 24, 2020

The Iowa City Climate Fest kicks off day four today with activities that focus on keeping non-recyclable materials out of recycling bins and repairable items out of landfills.

One in four items sent to recycling centers aren’t recyclable, according to the Iowa City Climate Fest page. To help combat this problem, today’s personal challenge asks people to try out a DIY Home Recycling Audit to check their recycling for misplaced items that frequent Iowa City’s recycling bins. Once people know which materials to look for, they can let their friends and family know to help stop misplaced materials from ending up in local recycling centers.

For today’s community event, locals are encouraged to check out a map of repair resources in and around Iowa City that shows where they can take their damaged goods and appliances that could otherwise end up in the local landfill. Opting to repair damaged items rather than throwing away and replacing them is both good for the environment and a great way to save money. For those who would rather fix their broken items themselves, there is also a virtual Fit-It Fair with instructions on how to do it and a map showing area resources where tools and equipment are available to borrow or rent.

Check out the Iowa City Climate Fest page to learn more about how you can get involved and help celebrate the ways the Iowa City community is doing their part to address climate change.

Iowa City Climate Fest – Day Three: Better buildings build a better future


Screenshot from the climate festival’s green building map.

Maxwell Bernstein | September 23, 2020

Iowa City’s Climate Fest is on its third day and will focus on how energy-efficient buildings can. save money.

The personal challenge for day 3 includes weatherizing your home for the winter. The climate fest provides this video from the U.S. Department of Energy that can save home-owners up to $83 a year with just one adjustment to the thermostat. The fest is also offering some simple and inexpensive DIY projects that can provide more savings for homes and apartments. 

The community event offers this link to check out LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings in Iowa City. The Iowa City Climate Fest website offers more links and information to learn about green buildings. 

Iowa City Climate Fest Kicks off This Week


GCRER Co-director Jerry Schnoor discusses the importance of climate action.

Nicole Welle|September 21, 2020

The Iowa City Climate Fest begins today and will celebrate the different ways that our community is coming together to address climate change throughout the week.

There will be no in-person activities this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the organizers have planned daily personal challenges and virtual community events to keep the celebration going. Details can be accessed through their website. Today’s activities center around celebrating better transportation options, and there will be a knew theme each day.

Local businesses, organizations, and individuals can also get involved by printing off coloring sheets to decorate and hang in windows or submit videos, pictures or posts telling their personal climate action story. Anyone who is interested in taking alternative actions for reducing emissions in Iowa City is also encouraged to check out their Climate Action Toolkit.