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Iowa City Climate Action Plan: Creating a Regenerative City In The Heartland

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.26.2016 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In the face of the "rapid onset" of 1,000-year floods, as reported by Slate meteorologist Eric Holthaus on the recent deluge in Maryland and West Virginia, should flood-prone river towns like Iowa City pursue incremental and piecemeal sustainability efforts or take the lead in setting out a "regenerative city" climate action plan?

Writer Campaigns for County Supervisor in Iowa's "City of Literature"

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2016 | Arts
Jeff Biggers

As the nation's first UNESCO "City of Literature," the sidewalks of Iowa City feature bronze relief panels with the words of famous writers connected to the area.

Could Iowa City Become One of the Greenest Cities in the World?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.12.2016 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Declaring that cities must place "climate action as a central priority in strategic planning," Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton issued a "Regenerative City Day" proclamation on Tuesday at the Iowa City council meeting.

Ecopolis Iowa City: Mosquito Flats to Pawpaw Patch, Interview with Red Fern Farmers Tom Wahl and Kathy Dice

Jeff Biggers | Posted 03.30.2016 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In the "Mosquito Flats" neighborhood devastated by the historic 2008 flood in Iowa City, can an orchard of pawpaw trees lead to a revival of agroforestry and a food hub along the Iowa River?

Ecopolis Iowa City: Interview With Katie Roche, Artists in the Regenerative City

Jeff Biggers | Posted 03.23.2017 | Green
Jeff Biggers

As cities launch aggressive climate action initiatives, including the Compact of Mayors' agreement, how are artists playing a key role in re-envisioning urban planning with new stories and narratives, bringing together diverse communities for lively conversations, and galvanizing local action?

Iowa City's Solar Tree: 100 Grannies Lead Groundswell for Downtown Public Art Showcase

Jeff Biggers | Posted 02.26.2017 | Green
Jeff Biggers

A game-changing "solar tree" public art initiative launched by the 100 Grannies for a Livable Future has galvanized a groundswell of support for a more community-based, inclusive and environmentally focused alternative that could serve as a public art model for other American cities.

A "Grannie" To Be Reckoned With: Iowans Pay Tribute to Rev. Barbara Schlachter, Climate Action Leader

Jeff Biggers | Posted 02.18.2017 | Green
Jeff Biggers

After 35 years of Episcopal parish ministry, the Rev. Barbara Schlachter had an epiphany in her family's homeplace, reading NASA scientist James Hansen's memoir on climate change as her first grandson was put to bed.

Ecopolis Iowa City: Interview with Kamyar Enshayan, Beyond Pesticides: Community Models That Work

Jeff Biggers | Posted 11.19.2016 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Pesticide use is widespread, and driven by current monoculture cropping systems. Rural Iowans are at highest risk of pesticide exposure; more protective public health policies are urgently needed, and Ecological alternatives to pesticides are practical, effective and can be less costly.

Iowa City Council Candidates Inspire Vote With Climate Action, Green Economy Initiatives

Jeff Biggers | Posted 10.20.2016 | Green
Jeff Biggers

While the nation focuses on the presidential caucus races, the extraordinary campaigns of four Iowa City council candidates in November's upcoming election have inspired local voters to put the famed "UNESCO City of Literature" in the forefront of flourishing green economy and climate action proposals.

Bernie Sanders Clarifies How Many Pairs Of Underpants He Owns

The Huffington Post | Samantha-Jo Roth | Posted 10.19.2015 | Politics

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Sunday joked about Larry David’s portrayal of him on "Saturday Ni...

Ecopolis Iowa City: Interview With Chef Kurt Friese, Ramping Up the Local Food Economy

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.24.2015 | Green
Jeff Biggers

"We need to find ways to convince people that cooking is not a chore, it is not drudgery. It is what separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom, and it is the most tangible way we have of demonstrating our love to our family and friends. What could be a higher priority than that?"

Ecopolis Iowa City: As State Leads in Wind, Can Iowa City Become 'City of Solar'

Jeff Biggers | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Less than 15 miles from Iowa City, in fact, the extraordinary work of general manager Warren McKenna and the Farmers Electric Cooperative (FEC) has won international acclaim for its role as a national model for solar financing and development.

Ecopolis Iowa City: Community Forum Launches Regenerative City Initiative

Jeff Biggers | Posted 01.19.2015 | Green
Jeff Biggers

A broad range of community members in Iowa City, Iowa kicked off the "Ecopolis Forum" today, a groundbreaking series of monthly winter conversations on creating the first regenerative city of the arts, food, renewable energy, and commerce in the heartland.

U of Iowa, Better Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.03.2013 | College

Students at the University of Iowa might be taking this whole "top party school" thing a little too far. Iowa was named the No. 1 party school this...

This Teen Is The Opposite Of A Bully

Posted 01.11.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Jeremiah Anthony, a 17-year-old high school junior from Iowa City, ...

Landlord Charged With Peeping Students In Their Showers | Posted 01.05.2013 | College

An Iowa City landlord is facing invasion of privacy charges after allegedly peeping at a University of Iowa student and other female tenants in their ...

$1,000 Fine For Not Opening Doors For Cops?

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 08.23.2012 | College

City officials are moving closer to having more power to kill the buzz of students at the University of Iowa, and some worry it could violate their ri...

Student Accused Of Taking Off Clothes And Trespassing Allegedly Told Cops He Was Smoking 'Chronic'

The Daily Iowan | Posted 09.06.2012 | College

A UI student has been accused of taking his clothes off and singing loudly at the Old Capitol Town Center while under the influence....

Iowa City, IA: Local Mom Confronts Wasteful Water Bottles Through Water Refill Business Plan | Posted 12.09.2011 | Home

"We just don't live in this bubble inside our home, we're part of a greater world, we're interdependent."...

Iowa City, IA: Marine Still Finds Joy As He Relearns To Walk Without Legs (VIDEO) | Posted 01.05.2012 | Home

"I just live my life. Nothing really is different. I just walk a little different."...

Police: Woman Attacks Boyfriend Who Turned Down Sex

Iowa City Patch | Posted 11.27.2011 | Crime

Melissa Barbara Minarsich, 28, is accused of attacking her boyfriend after he refused to have sex with her, according to investigators in Iowa City, I...

Too Drunk For A Bikini Waxing? | Posted 10.24.2011 | Weird News

An Iowa City woman was arrested for allegedly snapping a towel at a spa employee after workers refused to give her a bikini wax because she was too dr...

How Do You Run A Museum After A Natural Disaster? | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

To Sean O'Harrow, becoming director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art seemed like an opportunity to think outside the box. "Because, right n...

WATCH: ODES TO GAGA: Performances By College Students Across America Inspired By Lady Gaga

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Sure Lady Gaga has inspired a lot of Halloween costumes and questionable fashion trends, but the most aspirational thing about Gaga is her commitment ...

A Beer Snob Tastes NA Beers (Plus a homemade Bratwurst Recipe)

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kurt Michael Friese

In college towns like mine all across the US local authorities have run out of patience for the traditional beer-soaked tailgate parties. More specif...