Dubuque, Iowa is one of the most captivating and "sustainable" cities in the Midwest. Its picturesque river bluffs, colorful autumn leaves and clean city streets make it truly a "Masterpiece on the Mississippi." The city's 12 sustainability principles provide a framework for its strategic planning process and serve as a programming guide for the annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference.
Sitting at the convergence of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin, Dubuque is home to five institutions of higher education, two casino complexes, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and hundreds of shops and restaurants that make it a popular tourist destination. In 2015, Dubuque was awarded a 4-STAR Community Rating for excellence in sustainability. Dubuque was the third Iowa community and the 25th in the nation to achieve certification under the national STAR Community Rating System.