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Dubuque 2.0 inspires sustainability

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Sustainability is a word people in Dubuque have heard a lot in the last year. Thursday night the city announced an initiative that will give everyone a chance to get involved in "green projects."

Inside the newly renovated Roshek building a crowd gathered for the big announcement.

"Sustainability really is a grassroots effort," said Eric Dregne of the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce.

That secret was then revealed.

"Dubuque 2.0 is a community lead initiative aimed at creating behavioral changes in the community," said Justin Thiltgen, Coordinator of Dubuque 2.0.

Created by the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and the Chamber of Commerce, this group hopes to inspire sustainability in Dubuque. Put it through out the community; in businesses, schools and neighborhoods but starting with individuals.

Nathaniel Wagner has joined forces with Dubuque 2.0. He's the coordinator of the Area Campus Sustainability Network.

"Anything we can do to help out. Loras is geothermal, Clarke is recycling so all the campuses are doing something a little bit different and it's sharing those ideas so that others can take them home and try them on their campuses," said Wagner.

The idea behind Dubuque 2.0 is helping people think simply about helping the environment, whether it's using a compact fluorescent light bulb or reusing a shopping bag at the store.

"We're here to help inspire you to do just that and over the months and years ahead we're gonna be here to help give people those choices and ideas," said Dregne.

It's all fitting since the Roshek Building is one of many in Dubuque that has been remodeled using stainable materials. Just one of many examples Dubuque 2.0 hopes will inspire you.

"To get out there and say hey Dubuque, let's be more sustainable," said Dregne.

For more information you can visit www.dubuque2.org.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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