The Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC) at the University of Iowa selected the City of Dubuque as one of two community partners for the 2023-24 academic year. Through this unique partnership, more than 100 faculty and students will collaborate with Dubuque officials to complete 15 community projects, ranging from alternative transportation plans to a new public art sculpture.
Bondurant in Polk County is also an IISC partner city this year. The University of Iowa IISC program has completed partnerships with sixteen communities across the state. This is the second time IISC has partnered with Dubuque, which was the program’s first partner in 2011-13. The city was selected in 2023 based on its in-depth array of projects related to sustainability practices.
Students in the School of Planning and Public Affairs spend the entire academic year working on capstone projects in their partner communities. In Dubuque, the students will undertake two action plans, one focused on alternative transportation and the other on an affordable housing action plan. They will also provide the Carnegie-Stout Public Library with an analysis of best practices for serving neurodivergent patrons and assess the city’s green alleyways program.