Sustainable Dubuque is more than a City initiative; it’s a community value.

Visit the community Sustainable Dubuque webpage to find out more about how businesses and neighborhoods are getting involved, and have access to local and national resources to help you in our quest towards creating a more viable, livable and equitable community.


Dubuque’s Approach

In 2006 and every year since, the Mayor and City Council identified becoming a more Sustainable City as one of their top priorities for our community.  

Sustainability is defined by a community’s ability to meet the environmental, economic, and social equity needs of today without reducing the ability of future generations to meet their needs. 

Sustainable Dubuque is a holistic approach to making our community more sustainable. Our model involves a three-part approach that addresses:

  • Environmental and Ecological Integrity
  • Economic Prosperity
  • Social and Cultural Vibrancy        

Each of these pieces is important individually and helps contribute to a sustainable community. Find out more about how the model works

Renew DBQ

Renew DBQ is a pilot project to help families with low- to moderate-incomes (LMI) access solar technology. This project includes the City’s three-part approach to sustainability by reducing monthly energy bills for residents with LMI, serves as an economic multiplier/job creator for local installers and helps the City to reach its 50% by 2030 greenhouse gas reduction goals, achieving the triple bottom line. The project will install solar arrays on homes in the downtown urban renewal area of Dubuque. Generally, households with LMI need assistance to overcome the initial up-front cost hurdle of going solar. Interested residents can fill out the program form.

Teen Resiliency Corps

Sustainable Dubuque is hiring for the Teen Resiliency Corps (TRC) to address community needs related to sustainability. The Teen Resiliency Corps is made up of MFC teens (with adult mentors) and canvasses Dubuque neighborhoods. The TRC focuses on energy efficiency in housing + resiliency building.  We are no longer accepting applicants. 

Sustainable Dubuque Community Grants Available

Grants up to $2,500 for a community project are available to organizations, businesses and passionate residents. Approved projects will incorporate Sustainable Dubuque principles and include an element of community engagement and/or education. Please review the grant guidelines, application form and scoring rubric and then click the “Apply Now” button to fill out and submit your electronic application.

Grant applications are reviewed bi-annually, based on funding availability. Deadlines for 2022 are March 15, 2022 and Sept. 15, 2022.

IMPORTANT REQUIREMENT: Only applications received via the online form will be accepted. Form works best using Firefox or Chrome browsers.

Sustainable Dubuque Community Grants Reporting

If you have completed your Sustainable Dubuque grant project, please fill out the reporting form or email program staff to schedule a verbal report to the Resilient Community Advisory Commission. Then submit receipts for reimbursement via email to Gina Bell

Download the Sustainable Dubuque brochure to see how Dubuque is Creating a National Model for Sustainability. 

Contact Us

  1. Gina Bell  |  email
    Sustainable Community Coordinator
    Phone: 563.690.6038

    City Hall
    50 W. 13th Street, Dubuque, IA 52001

    Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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