Conceptualizing, Planning, and Implementing Sustainability in US Cities
This chapter provides an introduction to the book and sets the context for exploring how US cities are planning for and implementing sustainability. We begin by defining sustainability in the urban context and considering how cities conceptualize their roles in these efforts. Next we discuss the rise of sustainability planning in the United States and how cities then implement these plans. We identify important cross-cutting themes that are integrated throughout the book and which highlight best practices in governance, implementation and results, education and communication, equity, innovation, and the recognition of multiple benefits to sustainability projects. We end with a discussion of the research for this project and how we selected the cities featured in the book.