What is sustainability?
To be sustainable is to meet the needs of today without preventing future generations from meeting their needs.
Pursuing sustainability in the City operation means addressing and improving environmental, social, and economic health concurrently — the triple bottom line of sustainability.
From installing green energy in your home or business to taking advantage of water conservation rebates and careers in sustainability — we encourage you to bring GreenCR sustainability principles with you wherever you go! Check out our list of available tools and resources to improve your own economic, social, and environmental wellbeing.
The GreenCR brand brings together all of the City's sustainability efforts under one roof. The Community Climate Action Plan guides GreenCR efforts, both within the City operations and throughout the entire community.
On September 28, 2021, City Council approved Cedar Rapids' Community Climate Action Plan. The Plan was developed in response to responds to Council's 2020 Climate Resolution calling for the community to take urgent action to respond to the impacts of climate change.
Climate Action is also underway in several key areas across the City. The following major initiatives are all important elements of GreenCR:
Cedar River Flood Control System
Designed to convey the same water volume as the 2008 Flood, the Cedar River Flood Control System will reduce flood risk through the heart of Cedar Rapids on both the west and east sides of the river. A project spanning several decades, this monumental effort is one of the community's largest investments in climate change adaptation.
ReLeaf Cedar Rapids
Following the 2020 Derecho, City leadership recognized the need for a comprehensive guide to implement reforestation in Cedar Rapids over multiple years. The plan provides a "green print" for leaders, volunteers, Trees Forever, and residents to follow while rebuilding a health tree canopy. The effort includes a $1-million-per-year reforestation investment from the City of Cedar Rapids for ten years.
Every Acre Matters
From working with farmers upstream in Minnesota, to green infrastructure projects within Cedar Rapids, every acre implementing conservation practices has an impact. Discover how the City works to influence water quality and quantity within our watershed.
The GreenCR Action Plan is the City of Cedar Rapids’ commitment to pursue sustainability and a higher quality of life in Cedar Rapids.