Small, medium and large cities across America are facing similar challenges as in prior years, but more than ever, they see community assets-the people, the relationships and the partnerships-as key to solving these challenges. Regardless of the issue, mayors, city staff and residents are working with their fellow citizens to address traditional challenges through creative problem-solving, often utilizing programs and/or policies to connect what have typically been thought of as disparate issues in new and innovative ways. Whether the strategies include creative uses of technology, partnership-building in and outside city government, or simply better communication and coordination, mayors and their staff are working to build strong and healthy communities for their constituents-communities that thrive on creativity, transparency and trusted relationships.

This section of the Sustainable Cities Institute provides a comprehensive view of the the types of sustainability programs, policies and initiatives taking place across the United States.