City Hall and all other City facilities are closed to the public as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. The closures will be effective after 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19, and will continue through May 15, 2020. City staff will continue to report to their offices and serve the public. Residents are encouraged to conduct City business online or by contacting individual City departments directly. Residents who are unsure how to conduct their City business may contact the City’s customer service hotline from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 515.239.5670.

Celebrate EcoFair 2020! The City of Ames invites you to join the activities and educational opportunities on April 25, 2020 as the City celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day and the 10-year anniversary of the City of Ames EcoFair.

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The EcoFair is an outreach event with the goal of connecting citizens with City staff and experts who provide resources focused on energy, water, land, and resources. Additionally, citizens can learn about environmentally minded projects and groups, and how to support a  more sustainable future. 

Upcoming Events

EcoChats will be held at the Ames Public Library and begin at 6:30 p.m. with a vendor and community organization open house. At 7 p.m., local experts and City staff will present high-energy, short lectures touching on four separate topics. After each session, participants can talk to presenters, as well as browse the open house and enjoy refreshments.

1.) Tuesday, January 28, 2020- ENERGY
Topics will include: Its Easy to Install Solar!, Geothermal? In My Yard?, New City Rebates for Electric Transportation,
DIY Home Energy Audits

2.) Wednesday, February 26, 2020- WATER
Topics will include: Conserving Water One Drop at a Time, Flint Michigan: Could it Happen in Ames?, How to Create a Healthy & Sustainable Lawn, Agricultural Watershed Conservation Practices

3.) Monday, March 30, 2020- REDUCE, REUSE, & RECYCLE
Topics will include: Composting Pilot Program Updates, Apartment & Backyard Composting, Zero Waste Lifestyle, How Do I Dispose of This?  

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Participation in the EcoFair is free to vendors and groups wishing to promote sustainability products and services. In lieu of a fee, vendors are encourages to bring a door prize. Drawings for door prizes will be conducted during the event by City staff.

2020 Eco Fair Vendor Application

Questions about how to be a vendor during the EcoFair? Contact Tracy Warner at 515.239.5160.