The Iowa DNR has contracted with Future iQ, in partnership with the engineering firm of Burns and McDonnell, to facilitate a series of DNR and stakeholder meetings, research and outreach that will lead to the creation of a Sustainable Materials Management – Vision for Iowa that may be used as a statewide guide for future sustainable materials management related action. This guide will provide the foundation to update laws, policy and programs arising from past framework created by the 1987 Iowa Groundwater Protection and the 1989 Waste Volume Reduction and Recycling Act.

About the Project

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is in the process of modernizing Iowa’s integrated solid waste management system to that of sustainable materials management. Iowa’s DNR work is currently structured in the context of waste management (discards) within a hierarchy of preferences and a goal of decreasing tons landfilled. Increased awareness of the environmental impacts and the limitations of the traditional waste management approach is triggering a transition from waste management to sustainable materials management. Sustainable materials management action is focused on the environmental impact of materials from raw material extraction to product manufacture, transportation, use, reduction, reuse, recycling and disposal. Viewing solid waste in a sustainable materials management perspective recognizes natural resource and energy requirements in creating new products by considering the full life cycle of materials.

Future iQ’s Role in this Project

Future iQ and Burns and McDonnell have been contracted to develop a state-wide vision that will guide the Iowa DNR from waste management to a sustainable materials management.

This process will include:

  • Background research on existing laws, policies and programs
  • A state-wide stakeholder survey of views on waste and sustainable materials management in Iowa
  • Facilitation of an Iowa DNR Future Think-Tank
  • Stakeholder engagement in the form of focus groups
  • Data collection, analysis and visualization
  • Production of an Iowa DNR Scenarios of the Future Report with next step recommendations for sustainable materials management in Iowa

More Information

For more information or to engage in further discussion regarding The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Sustainable Materials Management Vision for Iowa Project please contact:

David Beurle, CEO
Future iQ
Tel: 612.757.9190