Initiatives

​​​​​Sustainable Urban initiatives include:

Energy Conservation​

  • Reduction Revolution – a campus wide educational initiative that encourages students, faculty, and staff to use less and waste less
  • Thanks to a grant from Metro Waste Authority and a generous offer from The Baker Group​, DMACC Urban will unveil a Solar Picnic Table during Earth Week 2018
  • Green Offices program in partnership​​ with the DMACC Urban Student Life Office

​Waste Reduction
  • Composting program with the faculty and staff lounge, and for parties and events held on the DMACC Urban Campus 
  • Compostable dinnerware for on campus events and parties
  • Paper reduction efforts for students, faculty, and staff using the Papercut program 
  • Increased recycling throughout the campus
  • Reduction Revolution – a campus wide educational initiative that encourages students ,faculty, and staff to use less and waste less

Food Security

  • Utilizing the ChowBank app to donate food leftovers from events on campus
  • DMACC Urban Food Forest
  • Urban Food Stories online recipe collection​ (Coming Spring 2018)

Soil, Water, and Habitat

  • ​Urban prairie habitat throughout campus
  • Beekeeping
  • Outdoor Classroom
  • Food Forest
  • Bioswales ​
  • Partnerships with the Iowa DNR, Neil Smith National Wildlife Refuge, City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation, and Polk County Conservation
  • REAP Lunch and Learn Series exploring native landscapes

Urban Outdoors and Community​

  • Outdoor games check out system (Coming Spring 2018)​