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What is sustainability?

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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.

Sustainable Economy & Transportation Conference
Let's create a low-carbon future, together.
May 24-25, 2022
Cedar Rapids Public Library

Join co-hosts Alliant Energythe City of Cedar Rapids, and Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance for the Sustainable Economy & Transportation Conference, Tuesday, May 24, and Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This two-day event will host representatives from businesses, organizations, communities, and more from across the state of Iowa and beyond.

Take Action!

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.

Take the Green Homes Challenge
Participate in the Green Homes challenge and make a green commitment, like riding a bike or gardening. Then log your commitment with our online interactive dashboard.

Water Conservation Rebates
GreenCR encourages water customers to implement cost-saving, water-efficient measures on their properties. Learn about rebate programs offered by the City.

Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) Cost-Share Program
Save up to $2,000 dollars or 50% of eligible project costs for the installation of stormwater BMPs on your residential or commercial property. Learn about which projects qualify and how to apply.

GreenCR News

The Community Climate Action Plan is in its final phase of public engagement. Survey results from the second round of community input were presented to the Community Climate Advisory Committee (CCAC) last week. The survey identified… Keep reading »

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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.

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The GreenCR Action Plan is the City of Cedar Rapids’ commitment to pursue sustainability and a higher quality of life in Cedar Rapids.

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