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Project Spotlight: Over 100 University of Iowa Project Examples Now Available in EPIC-N Project Library

The Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC) was launched in 2009 in the School of Urban & Regional Planning by Dr. Chuck Connerly, since then, IISC has expanded and now works with over 20 Community Partners, putting the EPIC Model into practice. Since its founding, this EPIC Model program has made a number of community contributions crossing discipline and geographic boundaries across Iowa, now totaling over 300 projects. Recently IISC staff worked with EPIC-N to share many of these projects with other EPIC-N members within the EPIC Member Commons.

To access EPIC-N’s Member Commons, register for a free EPIC-N Membership.

https://commons.epicn.org/2022/01/27/project-spotlight-over-100-university-of-iowa-project-examples-now-available-in-epic-n-project-library/

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And it's out there! Check your email for our latest newsletter featuring the list of projects underway with Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communitiesplus other happening that you don't want to miss! #cityofstrawberrypoint #WatershedWednesday
We are SO PLEASED to be partners with the Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority, Camp Courageous and Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities promoting improved water quality in Eastern Iowa!
The final destination for our Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities student team was spent crawling through the narrow passages at the Maquoketa Caves State Park . A perfect ending to a great day focusing on water quality within our Watershed. We want to thank everyone who helped make the day a success.
Looking forward to working with the Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority today to welcome our new student team with Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities from the University of Iowa. We'll be introducing students to the watershed and we're starting at the Manchester White Water Park . It's going to be a great day!
The University of Iowa School of Planning and Public Affairs, University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts , Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities, along with ICAD have partnered to create a website designed to highlight and grow Black-owned businesses in Johnson County.

The site, called a Story Map, includes a directory and map of Black-owned businesses in the areas, and highlights the entrepreneurial journeys of fourteen Black entrepreneurs and community leaders through personal stories, photos, and audio clips.
A new water quality project team with the MR WMA visited Camp Courageous this week to see firsthand a parcel of undeveloped property in great need of watershed planning. Through the WMA's partnership with the University of Iowa's Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities, the site visit included faculty, staff as well as representatives from Iowa DNR and MR WMA leadership. Stay tuned for more updates about this exciting partnership to promote water quality in Eastern Iowa!

IISC is an engaged-learning program at the University of Iowa; We partner faculty, staff, and students with urban and rural communities to complete projects that enhance the sustainability of Iowa's communities.

While Partnering, community needs are matched with the expertise and resources of university faculty, staff, and students through courses, independent studies, and research projects. By taking students out of the classroom and into communities to complete real-world projects, IISC accomplishes two university-wide goals: enhancing sustainability across the state and transforming teaching and learni

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16/04/2022

It's a great day to make a watershed film! Well it could be a tad bit warmer but we're enjoying talking to folks about how water quality impacts their work and our communities! Big thanks to Dan Kirby with DNR fisheries who agreed to be part of our film! We are grateful for our partners in this work!!

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04/04/2022

ICYMI... Best of luck to Lori Scovel on her next endeavor! Thank you for all the hours you have spent working with University of Iowa students, staff, and faculty to help ensure each project is a success. It has been a pleasure getting to work with you!
https://www.limestonebluffsrcd.org/mrwmanewsletter

Our March eNews is finally out!
Check your inbox to catch what's happening in the MR Watershed!

Photos from Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities's post 11/03/2022

Marketing Institute students in the Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa recently took a trip to visit the beautiful cities of Bellevue, Preston, and Sabula. During their trip, the students met with city officials, toured each community, ate lunch at Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ, and took in the views along the Maquoketa River.

By the end of the semester, Bellevue, Preston, and Sabula will have new branding and marketing materials courtesy of the Marketing Institute. You can learn more about these three projects and the other projects happening in partnership with Jackson County Economic Alliance on our website here:
https://iisc.uiowa.edu/jackson-county

City of Bellevue, Iowa / Bellevue Police Department Sabula, Iowa Preston, Iowa

Photos from Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities's post 11/03/2022

Photos from Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities's post

22/02/2022

📅Happening THIS THURSDAY!

Join IISC Director and University of Iowa School of Planning and Public Affairs Associate Professor, Travis Kraus, for a webinar on building resilience in local communities.

The webinar will feature the City of Keokuk, and how the community has built local resilience through the implementation of two IISC projects.

You can find more information and register here: https://www.epicn.org/.../resilience-webinar-series.../

Resilience Webinar – February 24th, 2022, at 12:00pm-1:30pm CT

Partnership Projects, Outcomes, and Impacts on Local Resilience: Keokuk, Iowa and the University of Iowa: This webinar will feature the University of Iowa’s EPIC program, the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC). This webinar features Dr. Jerry Anthony, Faculty of the University of Iowa; Travis Kraus, Director of IISC, University of Iowa; Shelley Oltmans, Executive Director, Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce; and Nadia Voigt Da Mata, former student participant of IISC, University of Iowa. They will discuss two of the many projects completed during the 2019-2020 academic year as a part of the IISC partnership. Presenters will be asked to share their own perspectives and the outcomes in relation to local resilience in the City of Keokuk, Iowa.

Learn more and register: https://www.epicn.org/events/resilience-webinar-series-keokuk-iowa/

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Photos from Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority's post 04/02/2022

The University of Iowa Civil and Environmental Engineering students are starting their projects off strong 💪 we are looking forward to another great semester of awesome community engagement projects!

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19/01/2022

We're looking forward to another semester of partnering with the Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority, which means many new University of Iowa engaged-learning projects starting up this week!

And it's out there! Check your email for our latest newsletter featuring the list of projects underway with Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communitiesplus other happening that you don't want to miss! #cityofstrawberrypoint #WatershedWednesday

Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities updated their business hours. 28/12/2021

Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities updated their business hours.

Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities updated their business hours.

Water quality plans being presented today for Camp Courageous 08/12/2021

Water quality plans being presented today for Camp Courageous

Tonight! University of Iowa students will present strategies today for undeveloped areas of Camp Courageous that will help improve water quality and provide new experiences for campers. The University of Iowa Civil and Environmental Engineering student teams are presenting their final designs and recommendations for a multipurpose trail system, a nature education center, stormwater management plans, and systems for reducing contaminants in source water, as part of the IISC's partnership with Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority. Thanks to all the great partners that have supported this collaboration!

Water quality plans being presented today for Camp Courageous The project at Camp Courageous will allow community leaders, elected officials, farmers and other residence to see several practices in place to improve water quality.

Photos from Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority's post 30/11/2021

Photos from Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority's post

'We don't have much time': University of Iowa adds another sustainability-focused program 18/11/2021

'We don't have much time': University of Iowa adds another sustainability-focused program

Passionate about fighting climate change and finding sustainable solutions to the world's most pressing issues?

The University of Iowa's NEW Sustainable Development graduate degree may be the perfect fit for you!

Coming to the University in the fall of 2022, this interdisciplinary degree provides students with the opportunity to tackle the topic of sustainability from several perspectives. After completing one year of core classes, students have the opportunity to take learning outside the classroom in a year-long sustainability-related project.

#sustainability #mastersdegree

https://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/education/university-of-iowa/2021/11/14/university-iowa-offer-sustainable-development-degree-climate-change-college-programs/8426229002/

'We don't have much time': University of Iowa adds another sustainability-focused program The University of Iowa will begin taking students for its Sustainable Development master's program in fall 2022.

Bringing a passion for policy to the classroom 12/11/2021

Bringing a passion for policy to the classroom

"A lot of students don’t know about policy, but once they get involved in it, many of them get excited about it. It’s awesome to see my students make that turn"

We’re thrilled to have Carrie as a faculty collaborator for IISC. She’s helped guide students in her policy courses to work with IISC partners on complex community issues such as housing and homelessness, civic engagement, gender equity, and many more. This fall, Carrie's class is working with the City of Maquoketa.

https://stories.uiowa.edu/schuettpelz-bringing-passion-policy-classroom?fbclid=IwAR0JSrvTE4CzqT32L3-iY8AVMUcq4Kf07k1HePwuyGFBXpPEhEikDvt-HEo

Bringing a passion for policy to the classroom University of Iowa graduate Carrie Schuettpelz wants to teach students how to effect change. She returned to campus in 2018 to share the perspectives she’s gained since leaving campus, ones that have come from living abroad, graduate study at Harvard, and federal work on homelessness.

'Their insights have helped us look at the bigger picture, and the students and the faculty who are supporting them have been fantastic in helping us do that' 10/11/2021

'Their insights have helped us look at the bigger picture, and the students and the faculty who are supporting them have been fantastic in helping us do that'

Thank you to the Office of Community Engagement for this story on Jackson County Economic Alliance and their experience working with University of Iowa students on community engagement projects!

Jackson County is a current IISC partner, and over the course of the year, more than 150 students will work on 15-20 projects.

Check out the full story below ⬇

https://engagement.uiowa.edu/news/2021/11/their-insights-have-helped-us-look-bigger-picture-and-students-and-faculty-who-are?fbclid=IwAR3FxgOk-AzVLah1-TskEfIhEGz5rNkhfe2jFDLlnj4HqHr_83sUBK7jX70

'Their insights have helped us look at the bigger picture, and the students and the faculty who are supporting them have been fantastic in helping us do that' The Jackson County Economic Alliance (JCEA), which opened over eight years ago, was formed to combine economic development efforts among communities in Jackson County.

09/11/2021

GEC Registration closes this week!

University of Iowa professional and graduate students, don't miss out on this opportunity! The deadline to apply for the Graduate Engagement Corps is THIS Friday, November 12th at 5 pm!

To learn more about the program or to apply, visit the Office of Community Engagement website here: https://engagement.uiowa.edu/GEC.

Community Engaged Courses 02/11/2021

Community Engaged Courses

Hey University of Iowa students, have you heard about the Community Engaged Course designation?

Next semester, the University of Iowa is launching the Community Engaged Course Designation (CEC) for courses that actively integrate community partnerships into course activities. CEC courses are a great way for students to make a difference in the community and to connect with professionals in their field of study.

Several of the CEC approved courses for next semester will work with IISC community partners on a wide range of topics. Students interested in taking a CEC approved course can enroll on MyUI during early registration beginning on November 8th!

Office of Community Engagement

https://engagement.uiowa.edu/community-engaged-courses

Community Engaged Courses Breadcrumb Home Engaged Teaching & Learning Community Engaged Courses (CEC) Community Engaged Courses This year, we are pleased to launch the Community Engaged Course (CEC) designation, a process where courses across campus can be designated as Community Engaged and tagged as such on MyUI. For the f...

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In Case You Missed It...

Earlier this month, graduates from the University of Iowa School of Planning and Public Affairs received the 2021 Exemplary Student Project Award from the APA Iowa Chapter for the great work they did in their capstone IISC project! For their project, this team of students worked closely with our partners in the City of Tama, IA to create the City's first Comprehensive Plan.

Congratulations on this fantastic accomplishment!! Read about the project here! https://iisc.uiowa.edu/tama-comprehensive-plan

2021 Exemplary Student Project of the Iowa APA goes to the 2040 City of Tama Comprehensive Plan. Congratulations!! Tori and Harrison received the award on behalf of the team.
The award-winning plan is here: https://loom.ly/YWYdpbQ

29/10/2021

Thank you to Professor Bart Cramer for inviting us to speak about all things University of Iowa School of Planning and Public Affairs and IISC with undergraduate students enrolled in Planning Livable Cities earlier this week!

If you're an undergrad student interested in learning more about the opportunities offered by the School of Planning and Public Affairs or Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities check out the websites below!

https://sppa.uiowa.edu/
https://iisc.uiowa.edu/

Decarb 2040 – Positioning Iowa as an energy exporter in the coming era of deep decarbonization | Office of the Vice President for Research | The University of Iowa 27/10/2021

Decarb 2040 – Positioning Iowa as an energy exporter in the coming era of deep decarbonization | Office of the Vice President for Research | The University of Iowa

If you're interested in the future of solar energy in Iowa, we have the event for you! Join IISC Director, Travis Kraus, and four other industry professionals TODAY as they discuss the challenges and opportunities for solar adoption in the state.

When: October 27th, 12:00-1:30 pm
Location: Old Capitol Room 2520 B or Zoom (pre-registration is required)

Find event and registration info in the article below⬇

https://research.uiowa.edu/decarb-2040-%E2%80%93-positioning-iowa-energy-exporter-coming-era-deep-decarbonization

Decarb 2040 – Positioning Iowa as an energy exporter in the coming era of deep decarbonization | Office of the Vice President for Research | The University of Iowa Federal infrastructure and science policies are calling for “moonshot” projects to ensure carbon-free energy

Maquoketa Arts Non-Profits - Organizational Collaboration and Management | Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities 08/10/2021

Maquoketa Arts Non-Profits - Organizational Collaboration and Management | Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities

The Maquoketa arts scene is emerging into one of the region's top spots for creating and celebrating the arts. Maquoketa Art Experience, Ohnward Fine Arts Center, renowned artists, and community leaders are hoping to use this momentum to elevate the Maquoketa arts scene into a place where public art can be valued by the local community and visitors who pass through.

University of Iowa students enrolled in Non-Profit Organizational Effectiveness are currently working on two projects that will strengthen the connections between local art organizations and between the arts and the public.

Thank you to our partners at Jackson County Economic Alliance, Maquoketa Arts Experience, and Ohnward Fine Arts Performing Center for your help and guidance with these projects!

Want to learn more about these two projects? Check out our website! https://iisc.uiowa.edu/maquoketa-arts-non-profits-organizational-collaboration-and-management

Maquoketa Arts Non-Profits - Organizational Collaboration and Management | Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities Maquoketa is emerging as a regional arts hub, driven largely by the Maquoketa Art Experience, Ohnward Fine Arts Cent

Photos from Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities's post 07/10/2021

⭐Student Spotlight: Zach Harland

Over the summer, Zach Harland, a 2nd-year University of Iowa School of Planning and Public Affairs student, gained professional field experience conducting a downtown parking study for our partners in Bellevue, Iowa. Located right on the Mississippi River and home to the Bellevue State Park, the downtown scene during the summer months has become a hub for tourists wanting to attend the city's farmers market or visit the local shops and restaurants. With an influx of people visiting the town, finding available parking can be difficult at times.

With the help of Jackson County Economic Alliance and the City of Bellevue, Zach studied current parking and traffic patterns and presented to the Bellevue City Council a list of recommendations the city could implement to expand parking availability in the downtown area

To learn more about the work Zach did with the City of Bellevue this summer, follow the link below!
https://iisc.uiowa.edu/bellevue-downtown-parking-study

Public Space One purchases historic Iowa City mansion | Little Village 06/10/2021

Public Space One purchases historic Iowa City mansion | Little Village

Congratulations to Public Space One on their exciting new adventure at The Close House!

In addition to PS1's many collaborations with UI students on experiential-learning projects, IISC's Director and University of Iowa School of Planning and Public Affairs Associate Professor, Travis Kraus, is also a member of PS1's Board of Directors.

We love that this iconic property has become a community space!

https://littlevillagemag.com/public-space-one-purchases-historic-iowa-city-mansion/

Public Space One purchases historic Iowa City mansion | Little Village Public Space One bought a mansion. To be more specific, PS1 is expanding into the Close House, a historic building on the well-trekked corner of South Gilbert and Bowery streets in downtown Iowa City. The purchase marks a bold new chapter for the arts nonprofit, which spent the better part of the la...

Photos from Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities's post 05/10/2021

Yesterday, our Field Problems class took learning outside to the Old Capitol steps to hear from University of Iowa School of Planning and Public Affairs graduates V Fixmer-Oraiz and Sarah Gardner about their experiences with public engagement.

V Fixmer-Oraiz graduated in 2015 and is the Founder & CEO at Astig Planning LLC here in Iowa City. Sarah Gardner is a 2017 graduate and is currently serving as the Climate Action Engagement Specialist for The City of Iowa City Government.

Thank you both for taking time out of your day to come speak with us!

30/09/2021

Oracles of Iowa City mural dedication

Have you made your way downtown to see these murals yet?

This past spring, Loyce Arthur (University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts) and Travis Kraus (University of Iowa School of Planning and Public Affairs, led a class focusing on economic inclusion and Black advancement in Iowa City as a response to the messages behind the Oracles of Iowa City murals. Students worked all semester to produce a story map with a directory of Black-owned Iowa City businesses and highlighted the stories of local Black community leaders and entrepreneurs.

Check out the story map here: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/b12d2a61a65842289191cb7cee9554d2

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