Focus Areas

Climate Disruption

Climate Change

Green Dubuque has a strong history of work on climate issues, especially related to the 50% by 2030 initiative. The most recent report in 2013 called the “Dubuque Community Climate Action & Resiliency Plan” outlines a variety of strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by targeting five sectors.

Renewables & Energy Efficiency

Alternative Energy

Sorting through strategies like energy production, methane capture and conversion to energy, resource recovery, energy efficiency and solar energy takes expertise. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan begins to address the changing landscape of energy. It is the goal of Green Dubuque to further inform local policy-makers and the general public about “no-regret” energy solutions.

Paths Toward Zero Waste

Sustainable Materials Management

Managing materials from “cradle to grave” goes far beyond typical recycling efforts. Utilizing a “Zero Waste” framework can help divert a significant amount of “wasted” materials from the landfill into beneficial use.

Outdoor & Indoor Air Quality

Outdoor and Indoor Air Quality

Work needs to be done to ensure community engagement for healthy outdoor air quality in the Dubuque area. In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air. The issue of radon is particularly dangerous as Dubuque has some of the highest concentrations of radon in the country.

Complete Streets

Transportation and Mobility

In 2011, the City of Dubuque adopted a Complete Streets Policy, in part due to studies and advocacy by Green Dubuque Founders. The City has implemented a “Complete Streets” approach in some specific locations. However, continued citizen engagement will be required to ensure this policy becomes common practice.

Healthy Local Food Systems

Sustainable Food Systems

A values and purchasing shift to local food benefiting the local economy and community health is slow. More people and institutions in Dubuque must support and choose local food venues and opportunities for improved food security and wellness. The buy fresh local message tackles only one link in a sustainable food system.

Watersheds & Water Quality


Mississippi River, Catfish Creek, Bee Branch and more

The City of Dubuque has gained recognition for its Bee Branch Watershed Restoration Project and Green Alleys program among others. Even so, there remain many water quality challenges to address in the Dubuque area. Citizen engagement with science-based support related to both urban and agricultural chemicals and pharmaceuticals is critical to continuing to improve water quality in and around Dubuque.