The Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC) will be making a public presentation to the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors at noon Monday, Aug. 11, to announce and discuss the projects selected for the IISC collaboration program.
The meeting is on the third floor courtroom of the county courthouse and the public is encouraged to attend.
Through the IISC, University of Iowa professors and students help Iowa communities build a more sustainable tomorrow by addressing the economic, environmental and socio-cultural issues of today. Winneshiek County and the city of Decorah were jointly selected as community partners in spring 2014 for projects to be conducted during the 2014-15 academic year.
The IISC projects already in development for study that will be discussed at the presentation include storm water and management and utility planning in Decorah; studies on the impact of frac-sand mining on the local economy, environment and transportation infrastructure, as well as a legal analysis of regulatory options for frac-sand mining; development plans and designs for the future Neste Valley Recreation Area; a Turkey River watershed analysis; development of interactive art on the Trout Run Trail; and creation of a marketing plan promoting the natural resources of Winneshiek County.
Additional projects may still be developed over the course of the IISC partnership.
“The Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities at the University of Iowa is thrilled to be partnering with the city of Decorah and Winneshiek County this upcoming academic year. We are already impressed with our community partners and their dedication to the projects. It should be an exciting year,” said IISC Program Coordinator Nick Benson.
The IISC is a campus-wide initiative funded through the Better Futures for Iowans grant from the University of Iowa Office of the Provost and is supported by the UI Office of Outreach and Engagement.