ICMA views sustainability as a holistic approach to city and county management. This approach looks at how local government leadership can capitalize on the connections between economic, social, and environmental sustainability to create thriving and livable communities. 

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ICMA Survey Research: 2015 Local Government Sustainability Practices Survey Report

The 2015 Local Government Sustainability Practices Survey is a joint project of ICMA.

Small Towns, Rural Communities and Sustainability

Through projects with the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), the U.S. EPA, and others, ICMA provides technical assistance and knowledge resources to the small towns and rural communities that are engaged in regional sustainability planning.

ICMA Survey Research: 2016 Solar Survey of Local Government

A survey to learn more about the priorities and activities of U.S. local governments related to the adoption of solar energy.

Advancing Social Equity Goals to Achieve Sustainability: Local Governments, Social Equity, and Sustainable Communities

ICMA Survey Research: 2015 Food Systems Survey Results

This survey seeks to understand how local government policies, programs, plans, and other activities support food production, processing, distribution, access, or disposal.

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Brownfields Conference

The National Brownfields Training Conference is the largest gathering of stakeholders focused on cleaning up and reusing formerly utilized commercial and industrial properties.

Will Recycling Survive in your Community?

This webinar will take a look at the China Sword changes, what recycling companies are doing to manage the changes, and other areas.

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PM Magazine, December 2019

PM Magazine, December 2019

The Music City Miracle: Growth and Redevelopment of Nashville, Tennessee

With rapid growth, infill is occurring at a swift pace, and infill happens on brownfields.


Wooster, Ohio—2019 Recipient, Program Excellence Award, Community Sustainability (10,000 to 49,999 Population) [PM Magazine, December 2019]

Take Residents Back to School on Recycling

More people than ever are taking part in recycling. However, as participation has climbed, so has the rate of recycling contamination.

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