UI students create energy map for Dubuque


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Graduate students at the University of Iowa’s School of Urban and Regional Planning have created a Web-based energy map of Dubuque.

This interactive program allows the people of Dubuque to determine which of three renewable energy sources – solar, wind and geothermal – is optimal for powering their property.

Adding to the energy map’s importance, Dubuque’s coal-fired power plant may go offline within the next handful of years.

Read more from the Press-Citizen here.

UI’s Urban and Regional Planning students help Dubuque assess renewable energy options



Dubuque, Iowa. Photo by yark64, Flickr.

With Alliant Energy’s Dubuque Power Plant closing by 2015, University of Iowa’s Urban and Regional Planning graduate students are working with the city of Dubuque to figure out renewable energy options.

Some of the renewable energy options include ground source heat pumps, solar, wind and biomass.

Another part of the project focuses on linking local food producers to four of the colleges in the area.

Read more about the Dubuque projects here.

UI professor to survey sustainable communities


A University of Iowa professor looks to determine what leads to sustainable communities’ success and failure. Professor Lucie Laurian received a three-year National Science Foundation Grant worth $389, 987. Using this grant, Laurian and her team will survey 50 cities in the U.S. and 55 in New Zealand to figure out what worked best for them in creating a sustainable environment.

According to the press release, Laurian believes that public institutions looking to incorporate sustainability will use the information gathered by these surveys:

The analysis will allow Laurian to suggest ways in which public institutions can be transformed to remove existing obstacles. And, she said, the recommendations should help other types of projects go more smoothly.

“Understanding the institutional factors that affect implementation is relevant to other aspects of local governance, like budgeting, infrastructure planning and hazard mitigation,” she said. “We also think the findings will be of interest to students who want to promote sustainability in the public or private sector.”

UI hosts sustainability camp


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The University of Iowa’s School of Urban and Regional Planning is joining up with  Dubuque to promote a local, green initiative. 

Read more below: 

University of Iowa graduate students in the School of Urban and Regional Planning will begin their partnership with the city of Dubuque on nine sustainability projects in the next two years with the Sustainable Dubuque Field Camp Aug. 15-17. Continue reading

On the Radio: UI students help Iowa communities go green


Listen to this week’s radio segment here.  It features the work of some UI students in Burlington, Charles City, Decorah and Oskaloosa.

For the past two school years, second-year students at the UI School of Urban and Regional Planning have helped Iowa towns plan for a cleaner, healthier future. Continue reading

UI School of Urban and Regional Planning looks to make Dubuque more sustainable


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Students will assist city on five yearlong green projects

University of Iowa graduate students will partner with the city of Dubuque on nine sustainability projects in the next two years, according to a UI release.

Their ambitious list of projects includes researching and mapping renewable energy sources that will help keep the city’s lights on when a power plant closes in 2015, and working with the four colleges and other major institutions in the area to link them with local food producers. Continue reading

UI students help Iowa communities reach sustainability goals


A group of University of Iowa students is helping Iowa communities turn greener.

Through the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities program, second-year students at the UI School of Urban and Regional Planning are serving as unpaid professional consultants in Iowa towns.

The UI Spectator reports:  Continue reading