Come meet new like-minded friends and discuss local issues while enjoying a beverage.
Here in Dubuque we meet on the FIRST WEDNESDAY of every month
@ The Smokestack
6:30 - 8:00pm
"Green Drinks" is an international movement. There are over 600 cities worldwide organizing this official meetup. For more information, check out the official Green Drinks website.
About Green Dubuque.
Since 2007, Green Dubuque has provided grassroots support for local sustainability in the Dubuque region, leading initiatives on climate action, zero waste, complete streets, local food systems, energy, air and water quality, among others.
We are a volunteer organization that approaches every issue with detailed information and a scientific perspective. We strive to fully understand the issues and their best available options—best for our health, best for our livelihoods, and best for our children.
Vision: a healthy, prosperous, resilient and inclusive Dubuque that is part of a healthy, prosperous, resilient and inclusive world.
Goals: Engage and educate the local community about important green issues &
Influence green-focused policy at local, state and national levels of government
in the following focus areas...
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Local Foods
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.
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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
Some of our projects:
50% by 2030
50% by 2030 is a community driven effort to unite Dubuque in support of 50% local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction by 2030 (from 2003 levels). These reductions will be achieved not through GHG regulation, but through so-called “no regret solutions” that are in our community’s interest regardless of climate impact. In other words, the 50% by 2030 target will be reached via actions whose primary benefits are to Dubuque’s health, economic prosperity, and quality of life–but that reduce our GHG emissions, too.
Dubuque Eats Well
Dubuque Eats Well is
a network of community members and organizations transforming the local food system in the Greater Dubuque area through education, planning, implementing, monitoring, and sustaining healthy, community-based food systems.
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DAR3N: Dubuque Area Recycling Network
The Dubuque Area Recycling Network (DAR3N) is an initiative of Green Dubuque to train and empower community volunteers to lead education campaigns on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Goals are to divert currently landfilled materials to beneficial use and reduce single-use materials, especially those with less beneficial reuse value. DAR3N works from a Zero Waste framework on efforts such as: recovering food to feed needy people, reusables and repairables, building and construction materials, food scraps for animal feeding or composting, common recyclables and plastic bag reduction.
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Our Guiding Principles:
Green, for all, forever! An informed community where all people are respected, valued, engaged, and treated fairly. This often-overlooked aspect of sustainability encompasses inclusion, diversity, and environmental justice by promoting equal access to community resources and opportunities: Improved public transportation, green jobs, and local food options which connect all income levels and backgrounds. Inclusive planning promotes social and cultural vibrancy.
Our community needs to include diverse voices from the start, including those of community leaders and representatives who directly experience problems rooted in or related to the environment. Green Dubuque seeks to address collective social impact which entails listening to diverse perspectives, transparent communications, establishing common goals, sharing knowledge, valuing the unique contributions of all partners, and building creative consensus to move forward.
Green Dubuque believes in the ability of every person to be a catalyst for change in creating a sustainable world. To this end, Green Dubuque seeks to: build awareness of the important role each of us plays in creating a healthy community; help community members transition from ideas to actions; and promote new voices from across our diverse community to contribute to sustainability and resiliency.
In approaching issues and creating better alternatives, Green Dubuque recognizes the value of all forms of capital, including natural capital (services the environment provides); built capital (goods and services); social capital (friends, family, and community); and human capital (our health, values, and experiences). Our goal is to understand the complex linkages between natural, human, and economic systems; and, to use actionable data in a triple bottom line approach to help develop effective policies and Results Based Accountability (RBA) for a healthy, resilient, more equitable community and world.
Green Dubuque utilizes a data driven approach to advocacy, using the latest science from multiple disciplines, case studies from other communities, and original analysis to inform our work. Our team combines years of professional experience in renewable energy systems, energy efficiency, pollution prevention, materials management, complete streets planning, water resources, ecology, climatology, human health, and urban systems management.
In the Press
Dubuque chimes in on pope's climate change pronouncements (Dubuque TH, 06/21/15)
Local food production in Dubuque could grow thanks to grant (Dubuque TH, 05/18/15)
ISU program plants roots for local food (Dubuque TH, 04/05/15)
Franchise Fees to aid sustainability? (Dubuque TH, 02/09/15)
Environmental advocates, Isenhart to host public forum (Dubuque TH, 01/04/15)
Energy Retrofits: Small Changes Add Up (Sustainable City Network, 11/26/14)
First round of Grants to Green awards (Dubuque TH, 09/03/14)
Green Dubuque awarded Community Impact Grant (Dubuque TH, 02/07/14)
Workshop examines food waste in America (Dubuque TH, 01/06/14)
Green Dubuque teaming up with St. Stephens Food Bank (Dubuque TH, 12/31/13)
Lawmakers and activists push solar program (Dubuque TH, 12/16/13)
Businesses taking steps toward green goal (Dubuque TH, 12/07/13)
50% by 2030 – Phase II (Dubuque TH, 02/08/12)
Iowa Sen. Robb Hogg speaks about climate change at Loras College (Dubuque TH, 12/08/11)
ICMA climate change fellows blog (ICMA, 10/19/11)
Moving Planet – Dubuque (Dubuque TH, 09/19/11)
Green Vision Education (Dubuque TH, 09/11/11)
50% by 2030 – Phase I, City Council Presentation (Dubuque TH, 09/07/11)
Loras College Sustainability panel (Dubuque TH, 04/25/11)
Complete Streets in Dubuque (Dubuque TH, 04/03/11)
50% by 2030 – Phase I Kickoff Event (Dubuque TH, 03/26/11)
Complete Streets – Sharing the Right of Way by Design (Sustainable City Network, 02/09/11)
Greenhouse gas emissions in Dubuque (Dubuque TH, 07/30/10)
Current Air Quality:
(Note: nearest air quality monitor to Dubuque is in Potosi, WI)
Dubuque Area Recycling Network
A Project of Green Dubuque
History and Vision
Recycling and other sustainable practices were a fairly new concept in the early 1990’s, but interest and need for recycling services was swelling rapidly—especially in the Tri-State area where there was limited infrastructure for environmentally sound development.
The Dubuque Area Recycling Network (DARN) stepped up to both inform a policy direction and to help provide recycling opportunities for the average citizen.
Four local groups, The Audubon Society, Boy Scout Troop 11, Sierra Society at Hempstead High School and the Dubuque Area Congregations United, collaborated and provided the physical labor necessary to establish a weekly drop off newspaper recycling venue in a semi-trailer on JFK. This small step toward more efficient recycling practices was the bridge needed to advance the launch the first curbside recycling program in Iowa's largest cities.
As Dubuque moved forward with curbside recycling, DARN volunteering seemed unnecessary for the last 25 years. Dubuque has become a leader in many innovative and best management practices related to sustainability. The community vision was to improve quality of life related to economic prosperity, environmental integrity, and social/cultural vibrancy - our triple bottom line,
However, current economic challenges facing the Dubuque landfill could undermine commitments to help divert valuable materials to beneficial use.
Our community again has a need for greater citizen engagement to help us continue to become a smarter community and use our resources wisely.
Expansion in cost effective beneficial use diversion programs is an economic necessity and an environmental imperative. The United States is in the grip of financial challenges. Composting, recycling, repair and reuse is one way to expand job creation in local communities.
"If we are going to take beneficial use diversion from landfilling seriously, we have to start thinking about organic/compostable materials."
Max Milinkovich, CEO Full Circle Organics.
Wasting resources is not sound economics. Over a million dollars of marketable materials and items are buried in the Dubuque landfill every year. This is not sustainable. We need to collaborate to find better ways to divert these materials for economic development and green jobs.
The new DAR3N is a Green Dubuque project that helps to balance policy objectives with cost-effective measurable targets and timelines. It seeks to speak with a more inclusive voice from supporting businesses, institutions and residents, and to help empower one another to use materials more responsibly from cradle to grave.
DAR3N will work from a zero waste framework with the belief that the existence of wasting is a systemic problem that can be solved, not a normality. We will help improve citizen convenience to recycle and compost wherever they live, work and play by collaborating with local organizations and businesses with a focus on innovation and actionable data analytics.
Material targets being considered are:
“The Dubuque Community has the infrastructure in place to meet a progressive Dubuque Metropolitan Solid Waste Agency’s strategic diversion goal of 2% per capita tonnage per year from Dubuque County landfilling, but it will take a broad reaching community effort to achieve this.”
Scott Dittmer of Dittmer Recycling.
Among DAR3N’s measurable results being considered are to:
1. Increase progressive diversion of residential, institutional, and commercial food through Food Rescue to feed hungry people and food residuals through composting by 500 tons per year.
2. Establish a trained group of twenty young and old volunteers to promote engagement on the “Path to Zero Waste” through community innovative events and social media.
3. Recognize and increase the number of identified businesses and institutions engaged in significant improved beneficial diversion of their discards by fifty businesses each year.
4. Develop a partnership campaign to reduce thin plastic checkout bag wasting and pollution by 5% per year.
“We need to have community engagement to help all of us “Walk the Talk” – to help set goals and be accountable for them.”
Sister Michelle Balek, Member of the Dubuque Franciscans
“If you are not for zero waste, how much waste are you for?”
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