• Urban Modelling Interface: Energy Simulation
    Urban Modelling Interface: Energy Simulation
  • A data collection done through a mini weatherization action project at Hyatt Middle School, Des Moines. 
    A data collection done through a mini weatherization action project at Hyatt Middle School, Des Moines. 
  • Community Growers youth learning GIS
    Community Growers youth learning GIS
  • Community Growers 2017
    Community Growers 2017
  • Tree Inventory in Des Moines
    Tree Inventory in Des Moines

Welcome to ISU Sustainable cities

We are an inter-disciplinary research team driven by a common goal of making our cities sustainable. Sustainable Cities project is currently funded by ISU PIIR (Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research).

Sustainable architecture requires integrating human behavior and decision-making about the built environment within an ever-larger range of spatial, political, and cultural contexts. In addition to building-occupant interaction, we are increasingly considering the roles of microclimate and social dynamics in supporting cities as they develop policies and incentives for improved energy utilization.

Blogs

Community Growers Program

On March 8th, we began our 8-week Community Growers program with a leadership-minded group of 22 youth in the Baker Chapter of the Boys & Girls Club at Hiatt Middle School in Des Moines. Read more...

A Community Event at Hiatt Middle School

On December 15th, PIIR team members - Linda Shenk, Caroline Krejci, Jacklin Stonewall, and Kate Fjelstad participated in the neighborhood Holiday Party at Hiatt Middle School in Des Moines, IA. At this fun event with robust community attendance, team members met neighborhood residents, conducted data collection through a brief questionnaire, and shared some of the team’s research through a weatherization-oriented mini-action project. Read more..