Creating prosperous and sustainable communities is a goal that
all local officials and leaders can share, and we at the
Institute want to help you pursue that goal.
What is Sustainable Economic Development?
Many cities and counties are pursuing sustainable
economic development – policies and practices that
help communities attract and retain jobs for the long term, while
also maintaining environmental quality, conserving resources,
addressing economic disparities, promoting public health, and
otherwise improve the city’s quality of life. Many of these
strategies have the added benefit of reducing short-term and
long-term costs to provide and maintain public services and
How can local communities reap fiscal and economic benefits from
sustainability programs such as energy efficiency, green
infrastructure, water and wastewater management, well-designed
communities and other best practices? This resource outlines
strategies and success stories from cities and counties that have
boosted their local economy and bottom line with smart
sustainability investments and practices.