The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has published a national article about the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC). The article, "Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities: Making Use of a Research University’s Greatest Strengths" appearss as one of HUD's Case Studies reports online. IISC is a campus-wide effort at the University of Iowa to enhance the capacity of Iowa's communities to address the economic, environmental, and social-cultural issues they face today and build a more sustainable future.
The School of Urban and Regional Planning participates in IISC through its Field Problems courses which are required of all students. These projects partner students and faculty with Iowa's urban and rural communities to identify, design and implement sustainability-focused projects. In doing so, we provide significant outreach to Iowa's communities, while transforming teaching and learning at the University of Iowa. Recent Field Problems final reports may be viewed on our website. The students pictured are working on the Decorah Stormwater Management Plan.