Resilience in Des Moines, IA

The City of Des Moines is focused on building trust and strengthening relationships with communities in low-income and underrepresented areas that are most susceptible to incurring impacts from climate change. The Leadership in Community Resilience program partnered with a local sustainability expert worked to help organize an engaging community workshop while pursuing re-certification with the STAR community rating system.

Green Des Moines and the Citizens Advisory Council led the effort by paying particular attention to the "Climate and Energy" and "Equity Engagement" topic areas within the STAR rating, and an inclusive project will be designed to engage low-income and underrepresented communities. The project will leverage ideas, educational resources and relationships to broaden communication on community resilience and bring the city into stages of action and implementation.


Threats and Hazards

State of Iowa incurs heavy rains and flooding, tornadoes and high winds, ice storms and blizzards. According to the National Climate Assessment. Average regional temperatures have increased by 1.5 F in the past five decades with the largest increases in the Midwest and Northeast. Additional changes to the climate "will tend to amplify existing risks climate poses to people, ecosystems, and infrastructure. Direct effects will include increased heat stress, flooding, drought, and late spring freezes."  


  • Renewable Energy
  • Disaster Mitigation
  • Staff Training & Capacity Building
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