Des Moines has been awarded a 3-STAR Community rating as part of a national program for leadership in sustainable practices by STAR Communities. The city was among more than 30 local governments nationwide that participated in a yearlong pilot program in which it was evaluated in seven categories of sustainability. Although the city earned points for hundreds of actions and practices, notable achievements included more than $1 million the city has invested in green infrastructure projects in the past three years to naturally collect and disperse rainwater and reduce flooding. Mayor Frank Cownie accepted the award this morning during a Climate Preparedness Stakeholder Event held at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. "We recognized the STAR Rating System as an opportunity to holistically evaluate what we do well and what we need to improve to make Des Moines the most sustainable city it can be," Cownie said in a press release.