Resilient Community Advisory Commission


Generally, the First Thursday of each month (as needed)
5:00 p.m., Jule Operations and Training Center, 949 Kerper Blvd., Circle Conference Room 

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Nine members appointed by the City Council to three-year terms. Efforts are taken to balance the composition of the commission:
  • Members must be able to think systemically and analyze data in order to meet the stated purpose of the commission.
  • Members' interest and/or expertise should represent the three pillars of the Sustainable Dubuque model: economic prosperity, environmental integrity, and social/cultural vibrancy.
  • Members should represent a wide range of sectors within the community, such as business, neighborhoods, non-profit, and educational institutions.
  • Three (3) or more members should also hold positions on one of the following commissions: Arts & Culture Advisory Commission, Catfish Creek Watershed Management Authority, Community Development Advisory Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Housing Commission, Human Rights Commission, Long Range Planning Advisory Commission, Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission, Transit Advisory Commission, and/or Zoning Advisory Commission.


The creation of the Resilient Community Advisory Commission was identified as a City Council Top Priority in 2015. Through a robust community engagement process, over 200 residents provided input to define resiliency as “the ability of individuals and systems to prevent, prepare for, and recover from adverse vulnerabilities while adapting to long-term changes.”

View the final summary of community input and the recommendation to City Council. The Resilient Community Advisory Commission replaces the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Commission, which was formed in 1993.


  • To review research and data in order to provide input on re-identification, prevention, and plans for potential economic, environmental, and social/cultural vulnerabilities.
  • To review plans for long-term prevention, preparedness, and recovery efforts.
  • To review policy and program recommendations to the city council in order to influence resilient outcomes for the community.
  • To provide comment to the city council on the allocation of budgeted city funding to achieve adopted resiliency goals.
  • To educate and engage the public on commission priorities.
  • To provide input on and review strategies to address identified vulnerabilities in collaboration with city staff, other city commissions and community partners.
  • To review and make recommendations regarding Sustainable Dubuque Community Grant allocations.
  • To respect the policy making authority of the city council, the city manager’s responsibilities to implement the goals and priorities the council establishes (council manager form of government) and the responsibility of city staff to report to the city manager.
  • To ensure coordination and communication with other commissions.