University of Wisconsin–Madison

Sustainable Connections: Linking Sustainability and Economic Development Strategies

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
Sustainability is a fundamental component of building a strong community, not only in terms of the physical environment, but also for economic prosperity. In addition to a healthier environment for citizens, the benefits of greener economic development include cost savings through effective and efficient use of resources, less reliance on unsustainable energy sources, and new jobs and economic investment. This guide highlights the sustainability efforts four cities-Denver, Boston, Chattanooga, and Grand Rapids-used to spur economic growth and the strategies they pursued.

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