Project GREEN makes public areas more beautiful.

What is Project GREEN?

A citizen-volunteer nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization that invests in public landscaping projects and promotes environmental awareness in the greater Iowa City area. The group focuses its efforts on beautifying green spaces, parks, major community entryways, roadsides, and median parkways, as well as all public school grounds within the Iowa City Community School District. By working cooperatively with city, county, state, and school district officials, Project GREEN benefits the life of our community by enhancing our natural environment.

How many volunteers are there?

More than 300.

Why is “GREEN” in capital letters?

It’s an acronym for Grow to Reach Environmental Excellence Now.

How does Project GREEN do its work?

The group has contributed over $2.2 million to complete more than 30 city and county landscaping projects.

It funds landscape design and/or provides matching grants to all schools in the Iowa City Community School District.

Project GREEN offers the Sunday Garden Forums, an annual wintertime series of educational gardening programs for the year-round gardener, co-sponsored by Project GREEN and the Iowa City Public Library. These free events are videotaped live for replay on the library’s Iowa City Cable TV Channel 10, and are also available for checkout by library patrons.

Project GREEN’s largest annual event is the Open Gardens Weekend, which promotes gardening by offering, free of charge, the opportunity to visit numerous local private gardens. Anyone in Iowa City or Coralville who is proud of their gardening efforts is encouraged to open their garden for this event, which raises money for Project GREEN’s mission through local business sponsorships.

How is Project GREEN financed?

Annual fundraising events are held, and we also rely on monetary and in-kind gifts from individual and business contributors and sponsors to supply the resources needed to complete projects

When does the group meet?

Open meetings are held at 11:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month (except August), at the Ashton House, 820 Park Road, Iowa City. A Steering Committee provides self-governance of the organization.