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Energy-Conscious Summer Travel

It’s summer vacation season, and that means Johnson County residents are looking outside of our communities for some much-anticipated holiday fun! But how much thought have you given to the climate impacts of your vacation travel? Transportation accounts for 27% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, and changing how you get to your […]

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Clotheslines: Using the Summer Elements to Your Energy-Advantage

Whatever our good intentions, it can seem prohibitively expensive to make the changes needed to reduce our energy use. Most of us simply cannot afford an electric car, heat pump appliances, or solar panels.  One energy and money-saving device that comes virtually free is a clothesline, which substantially reduces the use of one of the […]

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Iowa City Solar 2035

Download Iowa City Solar 2035 Report A new report calling for an ambitious expansion of solar energy in Iowa City over the coming decade has been released by the University of Iowa’s Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities and Johnson Clean Energy District. “Iowa City Solar 2035” explores technical and policy feasibilities of expanding solar energy, […]

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Johnson Clean Energy District hosts annual Energy District Tour

The Johnson Clean Energy District (JCED) hosted the second annual Energy District Tour on Thursday, December 9th. Energy District Tours showcase clean energy success stories throughout Johnson County, Iowa. The tour was limited to invitation only and was held virtually. The tour consisted of three tour stops. City of Iowa City Climate Action Analyst, Daniel […]

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Did You Know: About Leaf Blowers?

Attribution: Charlotte Fairlie, JCED Volunteer DID YOU KNOW that over 100 cities in the United States have banned or restricted the use of leaf blowers ( In fact, in October, California Governor Gavin Newsom went even further and signed legislation outlawing the sale of gas-powered landscaping equipment, such as leaf blowers, lawnmowers, and chain saws, […]

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