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Advancing Social Equity Goals to Achieve Sustainability

With a two year grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, ICMA and Arizona State University studied local governments that have prioritized social equity strategies as part of their approach for creating more sustainable communities.


This report describes the current activities, leading practices, and achievements of sustainable communities in social equity. Such communities were created through a comprehensive, integrated approach to sustainability supported by inclusive engagement, equal access to services, and livable neighborhoods.

Advancing Social Equity Goals to Achieve Sustainability

ICMA and Arizona State University are collaborating on a joint research project that builds from ICMA's 2010 survey on local government policies and programs.  The ICMA/ASU research proposal was one of five selected from more than three hundred applicants.  This two-year (2011-2013), $284,000 grant from HUD is being used to study the adoption of sustainability policies and programs, in particular those that are focused on achieving social equity goals.

In Phase One of the research, the governmental, community and socio-economic characteristics associated with strong social equity strategies will be identified.  ICMA issued a follow up survey to several hundred communities identified based on their responses to our 2010 survey on local government sustainability policies and programs and will conduct interviews and case studies of early adopting and leading practice communities.  Phase Two of the project involved the collection of additional data to identify best practices and local governments with exemplary social equity programs for case study. Nine communities were selected for case studies developed during Phase 3.

This report summarizes the analysis, describing the current activities, leading practices, and achievements of communities were created through a comprehensive, integrated approach to sustainability supported by inclusive engagement, equal access to services, and livable neighborhoods. The final report from this research and complementing case studies are available below. The final report and complementing case studies were released in June of 2014.

FULL REPORT:

CASE STUDIES

WEBINAR

Funder:  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Partners:  Arizona State University

Contact:  James Svara, Evelina Moulder, or Andrea Fox