The Sustainable Cities Institute aims to give guidance and information to local governments that want to pursue sustainability - in their own operations as well as across the communities where they govern. This commitment to sustainability will challenge local leaders to find the best long-term solutions for balancing environment, equity and economy. To implement these solutions local government leaders will need to prepare their communities for change. The Institute is committed to helping cities achieve success at these community building efforts by supplying them with direct access to information on sustainable principles and practices, illustrated by case studies about what other communities are doing. This web site is intended to be a central location for sustainability information needed by local governments. We will strive to help local governments save time and energy that might be spent on research, and instead spend it on making change happen locally.