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Dubuque became just the third community in Iowa and only the 25th in the nation to obtain a 4-STAR community rating, city officials announced Friday.

It's a rating system for cities, towns and counties that helps communities evaluate themselves across seven areas related to sustainability: built environment, climate and energy, economy and jobs, arts and community, health and safety and natural systems. 

“This is truly a community achievement,” said Dubuque Mayor Roy D. Buol in a written statement. “Our sustainability efforts are focused on outcomes and this process was extremely valuable in defining what they mean to residents and businesses. We are very proud to receive a 4-STAR rating and look forward to using the information we have gathered to become a 5-STAR community.”

Dubuque scored highest in the following categories:

  • Built Environment: Dubuque far exceeded the national threshold for total acreage of and access to public space. Nearly 98 percent of housing units in Dubuque are within a half-mile of a park or public space. Dubuque holds 77.8 park acres per 1,000 residents. Parks promote active living lifestyles, provide environmental and health benefits, and also provide a venue for community programming.
  • Climate & Energy: Dubuque demonstrated a five percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions between 2003- 2011. This progress is supported by innovative local actions such as a curbside food scrap collection program and an electronic waste recycling program. Economy & Jobs: Since 2000, downtown rehabilitation has contributed to 3,000 net new jobs and over $329 million in public and private improvements. The Petal Project green business certification also offers an innovative framework to help businesses reach their sustainability goals.
  • Equity & Empowerment: Dubuque shows a commitment to civil and human rights through a robust Human Rights Code, a Human Rights Department within the local government, and an independent Human Rights Commission which provides independent oversight and convenes dialogues around diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Health & Safety: Dubuque is a top performer in the state in terms of community health indicators, such as mortality, tobacco use, and diet and exercise. The City has also increased production of local foods through community garden plots, and the Dubuque School District has passed a School Wellness Policy to promote activity and healthy foods in schools.

For more details Dubuque's certification, visit www.cityofdubuque.org/STARcommunity. Visit www.sustainabledubuque.org for more information on Dubuque's sustainability efforts.

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