1000 Friends of Iowa Recognizes Partners in Sustainability and Responsible Land Use

January 22, 2020
Sustainability Parks & Open Space Restoration

RDG Planning & Design honored for designs that protect natural environments, revitalize neighborhoods and improve quality of life for future generations.

1000 Friends of Iowa, a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to promoting responsible land use, smart growth and sustainable development, has recognized three projects designed by RDG Planning & Design with Best Development Awards. Now in its 18th year, the Best Development Awards program celebrates work across Iowa that demonstrates innovative design solutions and improves local communities.

Central Park Rehabilitation in Grinnell, Iowa. Photo by IRIS22 Productions.

The projects recognized represent work in architecture, integrated art, landscape architecture, and lighting design and include Grinnell Central Park in Grinnell, Iowa, and Lee County Bank and Cattermole Library in Fort Madison, Iowa. Each incorporated elements of adaptive reuse or historic preservation and benefited from ongoing civic engagement and public support.

Cattermole Library Restoration in Fort Madison, Iowa. Photo by IRIS22 Productions.

“Sustainable practices, meaningful design and community well-being are core tenets at RDG,” said RDG Principal Scott Crawford, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP. “Recognition from 1000 Friends of Iowa reflects a shared commitment with our clients to the preservation of natural resources and responsible development of land that ensure future generations will have a high quality of life. We couldn’t be more honored to receive these awards .”

Lee County Savings Bank Restoration in Fort Madison, Iowa. Photo by IRIS22 Productions.

1000 Friends of Iowa is the only group in the state focused solely on promoting responsible land use and sustainability in community, state, and federal development decisions. Representatives from RDG joined with clients and partners to accept the awards during a ceremony and luncheon celebration on January 21, 2020.

Written by Erin Van Zee, Communications Director