Derek Okubo, Senior Vice President, National Civic League
In this article, key staff and managers from four local governments—El Paso, Texas; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Mankato, Minnesota; and Eau Claire, Wisconsin—were interviewed to share their insights into their own sustainability efforts. Their learning included experiences in producing internal change within their governments and in bringing about broader community change. As you read the examples, consider the actions these remarkable people took to make their hopes and dreams reality. All of these efforts are an ongoing work in progress, but there are many practices critical to the successes experienced to date. No one entity alone has (or has to have) all the answers; many players are necessary to effect change, and relationships do matter.