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Thursday, March 17 • 11:00am - 12:25pm
TH11.00.15 Integrated City Sustainability

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Although cities have been called the “key battlegrounds” for global sustainability and recognized as leaders and innovators in climate protection and sustainability policy, in depth empirical studies of their efforts have been thwarted by data limitations. Data about local sustainability policy is typically collected via surveys administered to local government officials and has been used to examine a series of questions about the factors that drive cities to make sustainability commitments or pursue select initiatives. However, questions about the process of implementation, program management, and policy change over time have remained understudied. The three papers in this panel describe and illustrate an effort to overcome these data challenges and examine city-based sustainability efforts in more meaningful ways. The Integrated City Sustainability Database (ICSD) is a long-term effort to create a comprehensive dataset on sustainability local sustainability policy in the United States. When completed it will contain nearly full coverage for cities’ 2010 baseline efforts. The ICSD will be made public to the scholarly and practitioner community in order to facilitate research on local sustainability initiatives. This panel is intended to comprehensively describe and illustrate the ICSD.

An Introduction to the Integrated City Sustainability Database: Purpose and Methods
Richard C. Feiock, Florida State University

An Illustration of the ICSD: An Assessment of the Factors that Lead Collaboration for Sustainability
Christopher V. Hawkins, University of Central Florida

Using the ICSD to Examine Changes to Local Sustainability Policy 2010-2015
Rachel M. Krause, University of Kansas; Vanessa Balta-Cook, University of Central Florida


Vanessa Balta-Cook

University of Central Florida

Richard Feiock

Florida State University

Christopher Hawkins

University of Central Florida


Christopher Hawkins

University of Central Florida

Thursday March 17, 2016 11:00am - 12:25pm PDT
Aqua 307