The Sustainability Planning Lab provides a dynamic platform for collaborative problem-solving, policy innovations exchange, and dissemination of the results of our work with policymakers, practitioners and community and civic leaders. The Lab research activities include analyzing local and regional sustainability planning documents; creating an inventory of sustainability plans adopted by regional and local governments within the US and abroad; creating a typology to classify different kinds of sustainability plans; assessesing the relationship of these plans to other plans and initiatives—internal within the organization and external with adjacent jurisdictions, and examining the drivers behind the communities’ sustainability planning efforts. Through its research work, the Lab dentifies model practices for implementing the plans and measuring community sustainability performance over time.

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