The International City/County Management Association found that 32% of local governments have adopted a sustainability plan. This according to their Local Government Sustainability Practices 2015, a joint venture between the group and the Sustainable Communities and Small Town and Rural Planning Divisions of the American Planning Association, Binghamton University, Cornell University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
According to the respondents 68% indicated that the plan contains goals or strategies related to economic development with other priorities including energy conservation (60%). The survey is built on data collected through their first nationwide survey in 2010.
Here is one of the highlights:
Nineteen percent of local governments dedicated budget resources specifically to sustainability or environmental protection. When describing staffing, 9% had dedicated staff across multiple departments, another 9% had dedicated staff across a single department, and 6% had dedicated staff in either the chief elected or chief appointed official’s office. Forty-two percent of local governments had no staffing, recognition of goal accomplishment, or task force or committee dedicated to sustainability issues.