Joint Declaration

Joint declaration approved

Kicking off the University of Iowa’s Sustainability Theme Semester


Iowa City and The University of Iowa jointly recognize that our efforts to inhabit and develop the university and the city must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

This requires that we must take actions that will simultaneously produce and sustain a healthy environment, ensure economic vitality, and enable that vitality to be shared equitably.

Achieving this kind of sustainability requires knowledge about the relationship between humans and the natural world—especially about the effects of human actions on global and regional climates—and commitment to ensuring that costs, risks, and benefits of human action are shared equitably.

We therefore jointly call upon students, faculty, and staff at the university, as well as the businesses and people of Iowa City, to commit their intellect, creativity, and practical skills toward considering how we—the university and the city—can ensure that our community and university develop sustainably for all of us both now and in the future.

In the spirit of this call, we jointly commit the university’s theme semester to a local project that will tie together various elements along the Iowa River corridor in Iowa City from Water Prairie Park in the north to Terry Trueblood Park in the south. This project will acknowledge and celebrate the various historical factors that have shaped current human use along the river, respond creatively to challenges and opportunities in specific locations along the river, adapt to changes in the region’s climate by making the areas adjacent to the river more resilient to future flooding, and use the river as a catalyst for future community and economic development that exemplify and fulfill the sustainability values and principles we jointly hold in high regard.


See all the activities and ways to get involved in the UI Sustainability Theme Semester.

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