It's Time to Showcase "Smart Growth" Projects in Iowa
Monday, September 19, 2016
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Innovative ideas are spurring projects that advance sustainability in Iowa, and some of those efforts will soon receive special recognition.
The group 1000 Friends of Iowa is taking nominations for its 15th Annual Best Development Awards. The awards showcase projects and programs that encourage smart growth and development, and recognize the people behind them.
Kari Carney, executive director at 1000 Friends of Iowa, said this year’s awards have been expanded to include three new categories: Renewable Energy, Complete Streets/Transportation, and Urban Placemaking/Green Spaces.
"We were starting to see projects pop up around the state that were not necessarily fitting in the categories we had already had,” Carney explained. "And we really wanted to not only recognize these projects, but really encourage more of these projects to happen."
Carney said the awards highlight the ways responsible development and planning practices benefit communities, the environment and the quality of life for future generations.
Nominations will be accepted through November 15th, and the awards ceremony will be held at the state capitol in January.
Carney said she believes the annual awards have helped inspire other sustainability projects through the years.
"We've heard from past winners that, once their name got out there, other folks had contacted them to learn about what they did,” Carney said. "Winners from this past year were really happy and had said, because of the recognition, other people were doing it."
In 2015, 13 projects from 11 communities were recognized. They included Elkader's Whitewater Park and River Access.
"It's a really great example of a community trying to create a sense of place, recreation and something that celebrates the water and the beauty of the area, and brings people in and gives residents a sense of community,” Carney said.
A streetscape project, a library and a permeable parking lot were among the other award-winners in 2015.
For more information, visit 1000FriendsOfIowa.org.
get more stories like this via email
This election season, South Dakota is starting to implement voting-access reforms in light of a recent settlement with Native American tribes…
Between rising inflation and the ups and downs of the stock market, it isn't surprising that folks are concerned about their own financial situation…
The U.S. Postal Service is hiring 28,000 seasonal employees ahead of the surge in end-of-year holiday letters and packages for facilities in Michigan …
The roughly 2.4 million Ohioans who rely on Social Security income are expected to get a big boost in benefits, but advocates for the program are …
Democratic Gov. Janet Mills and her challenger, former Republican Gov. Paul LePage, both are courting votes from Maine's largest contingency -- …
Ahead of revised methane regulations expected from the federal government, a new study shows that gas flaring in oil-producing states such as Texas …
Health and Wellness
Even for people who think they're too busy to exercise, experts say there's one surefire way to squeeze in a modest workout: walking. Although often …
Groups challenging the criminal consequences for failing to pay rent in Arkansas say they'll take another run at it, perhaps as a class-action …