Resiliency – A New Commission – some new ideas

The City Council recently created a Community Resiliency Commission replacing the Environmental Stewardship Commission. This new commission has broader bounds to help the City Council make the best decisions on issues improving the resiliency of our City and its governance. 

We’re making methane!  Our Water and Resource Recovery facility is producing methane – lots of methane – from the anaerobic digestion process that spins micro-turbines providing all of the electricity needed to operate the plant. The excess methane is being processed into compressed natural gas to be added to the Black Hills Energy grid helping to fuel our community. 

The decay of organic material buried at the landfill  also produces methane that is being collected and flared. We are working on converting our municipal fleet to run on CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) and we will have our own supply of CNG from these two facilities and more to add to the distribution system.

The City Council is working to make Dubuque a greener city. We will make every effort that we can afford to be successful at reducing the City’s carbon footprint and improving the quality of life for all Dubuquers. We are using a few hybrid vehicles in the City fleet to determine if they are up to our vigorous tasks. The gasoline fleet is being migrated to E-85 use. The diesel fleet is primarily a “clean diesel” fleet and is currently using a soy diesel blend, with good results.

We are partnering with Eagle Point Solar to generate electricity for our Municipal Services Center to partially power the facility using solar panels on the rooftop. We are exploring a solar energy project at the water treatment facility at Hawthorne Street. Solar panels are installed on the roofs of 5 of the 6 fire stations (the 6th needs roof repairs first).

Two large solar collection arrays have been installed by Alliant Energy, one on East 12th Street and one in the Dubuque Industrial Center West.

We have adopted the goal of reduction of greenhouse gases in the City of Dubuque by 50% by the year 2030. A brilliant not for profit group called Green Dubuque brought this proposal to us with solid research to show that it can be done with little pain and great fiscal return on investment. We look forward to their next steps!

We look at three areas of resiliency when assessing community needs:

1. Environment   –  Does it help or harm the environment?

2. Equity  –   Does it treat all citizens fairly and equitably?

3. Fiscal Responsibility  –  Does it make financial sense?