DMASWA Education Office
The Solid Waste Education Office is a partnership between DMASWA, Loras College, and the Dubuque Environmental Task Force. The office provides solid waste reduction resources for educators and the general public. Contact the Education Coordinator by email or by calling 563-588-7933.
1450 Alta Vista St., #232
Dubuque, IA 52001
Green Vision Education Program
Caring about the environment can be fun and educational. Most of all, it means protecting our valuable natural resources. The Green Vision Education Program recognizes schools that practice pollution prevention, recycling, energy efficiency and waste reduction.
Green Vision Schools
Green Vision Schools receive a Green Vision Education flag to hang outside and a banner to display inside the building. Current Green Vision Education Schools and the awards they have received are:
- Resurrection Catholic Elementary School Green Flag award in 2007, Conservation Award in 2008, Watershed award in 2009, Litter Free School Award in 2010, Eco Literacy Award in 2011, Sustainability Star in 2012
- Table Mound Elementary School Green Flag award in 2007, Conservation Award in 2008, and Durrant award in 2009, Sustainable Nutrition Award in 2010, Sustainability Star in 2011, Eco-Literacy in 2012
- Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Green Flag award in 2008, Litter Free School award in 2010, Conservation Award in 2011.
- St. Columbkille Catholic Elementary School Green Flag award in 2008, Conservation award in 2009, Litter Free School Award in 2010, Eco Literacy Award in 2011, Sustainability Star in 2012.
- Dubuque Montessori School Green Flag award in September, 2008, Litter Free School Award, 2010, Conservation Award in 2011.
- Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School Green Flag award in 2009, Durrant Award in 2010, Litter Free School Award in 2011.
- St. Anthony/Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Elementary School Green Vision Flag award in 2009, Litter Free School Award in 2011, Conservation Award in 2012.
- Holy Ghost Catholic Elementary School Green Vision Flag award in 2009, Litter Free School Award in 2011, Eco-Literacy in 2012.
- Sageville Elementary School Green Flag Award in 2011.
- Wahlert Catholic High School Green Flag Award in 2011.
- Hempstead High School Green Flag Award in 2012.
Community partners in the Green Vision program include:
- Dubuque Community School District
- Holy Family Catholic School System
- City of Dubuque
- Dubuque County Conservation Board
- Mines of Spain, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
- Durrant Architects
- Dubuque Soil & Water Conservation District, Catfish Creek Watershed Project
- Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative
- Keep Dubuque County Clean & Green
- Seventh Power Sustainable Inc.
- Green Dubuque
Become a Green Vision Education School
Green Vision Education Patches
- Conservation - sponsored by Dubuque County Conservation Board and Mines of Spain
- Durrant - Sponsored by Durrant Inc.
- Watershed Awareness - Sponsored by the Dubuque Soil & Water Conservation District.
- Energy - Sponsored by Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative.
- Litter Free School - Sponsored by Keep Dubuque County Clean & Green and Keep Iowa Beautiful
- Eco-Literacy - sponsored by area schools
- Sustainable Nutrition - Sponsored by Green Dubuque
For further information, email or call the Solid Waste Education Office at (563) 588-7933.
Group & School Tours
Tours provide a unique learning environment. A short tour can provide the knowledge
that may otherwise take weeks to learn. Arrangements can be made for group tours of the Dubuque Metro Landfill and Composting Site, and the Regional Collection Center, by calling the DMASWA Education Office at 563-588-7933 or the Regional Collection Center at 563-589-1720. Waste Minimization Grants are available to cover the transportation costs of educational field trips.
Educational Materials Available
DMASWA has many educational materials available for public use. Check out materials range from brochures and books to videos and curriculum supplements. With these materials you can learn almost everything you want to know about composting, solid waste reduction, ground water contamination, hazardous materials, buying recycled, recycling, pollution prevention and many similar topics. To obtain any of these materials call 563-588-7933.
Solid Waste Education and Communication Coordinator Bev Wagner, and Solid Waste Agency Administrator Chuck Goddard are available to speak to your group on topics such as waste reduction, home and business recycling, composting, household hazardous materials, landfilling or other solid waste topics.From preschool through adult levels, our programs can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your group. If you would like more information, please contact Education Coordinator at 563-588-7933 or Agency Administrator at 563-589-4250.
The DMASWA offers funding of up to $25,000 to successful applicants whose efforts result in effective waste minimization and/or related education in Dubuque County. Waste minimization efforts for the purposes of this grant include, but are not limited to, source reduction, reuse methods, recycling, composting, and hazardous materials disposal and alternatives.
Education Grants are awarded for projects that educate residents, businesses, organizations, etc. about waste minimization efforts, availability of such services, or general waste minimization-related environmental knowledge are eligible. DMASWA may fund up to 100% of the costs of such projects.
DMASWA Waste Minimization Grant Fund
The DMASWA Waste Minimization Grant Fund will support up to 100% of costs for school buses or other appropriate transportation to transport students or youth groups to the Landfill and the local residential recycling center. Funding is contingent on the approval of a written explanation of comprehensive educational experience of the students or participants involved. This might include community activities, lesson plans, ongoing club activities, etc. This application needs to be submitted to the DMASWA Education Coordinator for final approval before funding is granted. Funding will be handled in the same manner as other applicants for the grant with reimbursement after an invoice is submitted to DMASWA. Groups would only be eligible once in a 12 month period of time.
Call 563-588-7933 to obtain copies or click to download PDF documents.
- Asbestos Fact Sheet
- Backyard Composting
- Batteries Fact Sheet
- Buy Recycled
- Check Out List
- Green Vision Buildings Program
- Green Vision Education Program
- Hazardous Chemicals in our Homes
- Mercury Containing Light Bulbs Fact Sheet
- Needles & Sharps
- Paint Disposal
- Pesticides, Herbicides, & Fertilizers
- Prescription Medications
- Regional Collection Center
- Safe Alternatives to Hazardous Chemicals
- Vermicomposting (worm composting)
- Zero Waste Event Planner