Des Moines, Iowa

Public support for government led environmental programs is very high, but has not been actively engaged. 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 city has also joined the Compact of Mayors, committing to benchmarking and reducing local greenhouse gas emissions.

The Leadership in Community Resilience project will support an event in early Spring 2017 that better engages Des Moines citizens as the city pursues recertification in the STAR community rating system. Both the recertification as well as the event will pay 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."