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Newly Released Map Makes Cedar Rapids Sustainability Visible

Sustainability isn't always easy to see.

City of Cedar Rapids map with sustainability indicatorsYou may not realize the downtown library has a green roof, or that you're neighbors with one of the City's solar arrays. Did you know the building where you pay your utility bills has fruit trees? Free for you to eat!

The City's new Sustainability Map is a visualization tool that adds context to the City's sustainability efforts at a quick glance.

We'll be rolling out new features over the coming weeks, with some of the primary layers ready to view today! For the initial launch, we focused largely on municipal sustainability features.

Our plan is to add residential, neighborhood, and private business features to the map in the future. Things like rain gardens, bike lanes and fix-it stations, permeable paving — these features are all on the way.

Maps are fun. Whether they help you explore, learn, or start a conversation with your neighbor, it's exciting to chart all the green infrastructure in our city!

Are you a teacher, a parent, or just plain enthusiastic about sustainability? Schedule a walking or biking trip around cool sustainability features in your neighborhood:

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Your City, Your Fruit:

Perhaps one of our favorite features presently, you'll definitely want to give this layer a look. The fruit tree layer shows all the fruit trees planted in the city. These trees are on public property, meaning the fruit is yours to eat! Be safe and don't take all the fruit, but add it to your list of places to get a refreshing bite of a plum, apple, or peach when the season is right. Nut trees will be added in the future!

THANK YOU to GIS Specialist Adam Galluzzo and Energy Management Specialist Holly Ruble for all the hard work on this map!


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