The Sustainable Cities Institute, a dynamic online platform of sustainability resources and peer-networking opportunities was created in 2009 by The Home Depot Foundation (THDF) and developed by Southface with considerable input from sustainability directors, city leaders and technical experts. At its core SCI was envisioned and designed as a dynamic toolbox to assist cities in identifying, planning for and implementing holistic, long-term approaches to community-wide sustainability.
In 2011 the National League of Cities’ Sustainability Program was honored to be selected by THDF to continue the work of SCI. Operating within NLC’s Center for Research and Innovation, the Sustainability Program aims to catalyze, inform, celebrate and support the efforts of local government as critical leaders in advancing and strengthening the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of America’s cities and towns. NLC is committed to maintaining and expanding SCI as the leading resource for city officials, staff, sustainability professionals, and engaged stakeholders.
About the National League of Cities
The National League of Cities is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for more 1,600 member cities and the 49 state municipal leagues, representing 19,000 cities and towns and more than 218 million Americans. Through its Center for Research and Innovation, NLC provides research and analysis on key topics and trends important to cities, creative solutions to improve the quality of life in communities, inspiration and ideas for local officials to use in tackling tough issues and opportunities for city leaders to connect with peers, share experiences and learn about innovative approaches in cities.