The objective of this report is to survey the sustainability-related practices currently underway in the Greater Des Moines area, and to provide a comparison with national best practices relevant to the region. Section 1 first discusses the case for why cities embrace comprehensive sustainability planning, and the benefits and challenges of adopting a new short- and long-term vision. Next, the Methodology section describes the approach taken in the scan, which triangulates findings about attitudes and values, plans and policies, and research on national best practices. The report then provides a snapshot of the current state of sustainability initiatives and practices in Greater Des Moines, followed by a discussion of opportunities and obstacles in the region. Finally, the report offers a preliminary definition of sustainability for Greater Des Moines and opens the door for future discussion of a vision for Greater Des Moines, guiding principles, and future recommendations.
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Appendix A includes the survey data table (included in the Sustainability Scan)
Appendix B includes the Sustainability Scan survey of existing practices.
Appendix C includes the Project Launch Questionnaire