Iowa Green Streets Pilot Project

The Iowa Green Streets Pilot Project was a community -wide sustainability initiative that served as a catalyst for further investment in the historic downtown of West Union, Iowa. The project began with a visioning workshop in October 2007 when the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED) completed a Technical Assistance Visit to advise West Union about the potential for multi-purpose, pedestrian-scale streetscape improvements. The result of the initial Visioning and the subsequent Conceptual and Schematic Planning was a Streetscape Master Plan, which led the Pilot Project.

The completed project includes renovation of the 6-block downtown retail and business center including replacement of aging water, storm and sanitary sewer infrastructure. The project showcases innovative sustainable design strategies as a model for other communities, including permeable pavements, pedestrian crosswalk treatments, rain gardens, energy efficient lighting, and a district-wide geothermal heating and cooling system.

VIDEO - Historic Iowa Town Charts A New Path in Green Redevelopment:

location: West Union, Iowa
client: The City of West Union, Iowa; Iowa Department of Economic Development
completion: 2013

Green Features

Green Roofs
Native Landscape Systems
Porous Pavements
Rain Gardens
Water Collection + Reuse

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