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Sustainability 2016, 8(2), 182; doi:10.3390/su8020182

Who is Next? Identifying Communities with the Potential for Increased Implementation of Sustainability Policies and Programs

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Exposure Research Laboratory, Denver, CO 80202, USA
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Health and Environmental Effects Laboratory, Atlantic Ecology Division, Narragansett, RI 02882, USA
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Academic Editor: Tan Yigitcanlar
Received: 18 November 2015 / Revised: 29 January 2016 / Accepted: 15 February 2016 / Published: 19 February 2016
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Understanding the system of connections between societal contexts and policy outcomes in municipal governments provides important insights into how community sustainability happens, and why it happens differently in various communities. A growing body of research in recent years has focused on understanding the socio-economic characteristics of communities and cities that are recognized as policy leaders in sustainability. In this paper, we expand the focus beyond the leaders in sustainability as we apply a selection of socio-demographic influences of community sustainability to a large sample of U.S. communities using community classification analytics to identity a range of community types and levels of engagement with sustainability. Our typology presents an integrated and comprehensive perspective on the structure of community sustainability in the United States, highlighting key points of comparison between human capital factors such as population size and density, affluence, home ownership, and adoption of sustainability policy. The analysis provides new insights not only about community leaders in sustainability, but also communities with the civic and social capacity to do more, and the challenges that may inhibit sustainability efforts in others. View Full-Text
Keywords: local sustainability; community typology; sustainable communities local sustainability; community typology; sustainable communities
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Nye, M.B.; Mulvaney, K.K. Who is Next? Identifying Communities with the Potential for Increased Implementation of Sustainability Policies and Programs. Sustainability 2016, 8, 182.

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