Johnson Clean Energy District (JCED) is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization dedicated to building the clean energy economy in Johnson County, Iowa. It is one of a growing group of Clean Energy Districts in the Upper Midwest modeled on Soil and Water Conservation Districts created during the Dust Bowl crisis of the 1930. Download our Geography of Change for a full discussion of the goals and methods of our organizations.
We emphasize boots-on-the-ground projects to assist homeowners, businesses, nonprofits, governments and others adopt clean, efficient, and equitable energy use. We seek to build partnerships with community organizations to advance this work. Projects in our first three years:
- Providing nonprofts and faith communities with LED bulbs and low-flow showerheads for low-income households
- Leading a study of solar energy options in Iowa City, in collaboration with the University of Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities and area stakeholders
- Publishing Good Energy, a quarterly online tip sheet on energy efficiency, in collaboration with cities and groups in Johnson County
- Conducting a series of Solar Energy Breakfasts at MERGE and online for residents and community leaders
- Working with Kirkwood College and building trades on expanding energy efficiency assessment training
- Developing an energy assessment and coaching pilot program with county partner groups
The 2022-2024 JCED Strategic Plan outlines future aspirations and projects.