The Sustainable Urbandale Action Plan project is a partnership between Iowa State University's Community Studio and the City of Urbandale. The project will be completed by undergraduate students in the Spring of 2024. The Sustainable Urbandale Action Plan project will focus on the following six subcomponents of sustainability:
Zero net energy buildings
Promotion of renewable energy with incentives
Grocery stores in relation to infill development
Grocery store development in recognized food deserts
Density bonus for the installation of solar
Throughout the project the students at ISU will work within the City's Sustainability Statement: "The City of Urbandale aspires to model the pillars of a sustainable community. Urbandale will be an environmentally sustainable community that promotes natural resource stewardship and waste reduction efforts. It will be a resilient community prepared for natural, social and economic shocks that are drive by a changing world. We work to be an inclusive community that brings all dimensions of our society together to achieve these goals. And Urbandale will be a competitive community that promotes its strong labor force and economic advantages efficiently to limit its intended or unintended negative impacts on our community."
The core focus of the project is community engagement. The following are events and opportunities for the community to engage with the Sustainable Urbandale Action Plan.
Local Business Meeting - March 4, 2024 - from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce (2830 100th Street, #110). Share your ideas and concerns around infill development, net-zero energy buildings, renewable energy, and food deserts.
Community Meeting - March 6, 2024 - from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Urbandale Public Library (3520 86th Street). Share your ideas, concerns and suggestions about sustainability in Urbandale.