Research & Publications

The National League of Cities strives to strengthen communities, transform and improve cities, and serve as a resource for local elected officials. Our research and publications advance these goals by providing critical data, identifying promising city practices, sharing inspiring and informative stories, and fostering effective solutions and innovation. Through original content such as reports, issue briefs, news articles and blog posts, we explore the issues facing cities today and foster a dialogue that helps city leaders build better communities.

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Mar 08
  • Climate
  • Resilience
  • Community
  • Zoning
  • Land Use
  • Water
  • Infrastructure

Coastal communities are in need of practical tools to aid in adapting to sea-level rise. Inter-jurisdictional cooperation and legal maneuvering may be required to protect existing and planned development, infrastructure, and ecological resources from the threats posed by sea-level rise.

This tool kit begins with a brief discussion of climate change impacts based upon common scientific…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 08
  • Resilience
  • Climate
  • Leadership & Management
  • Equity
  • Community
  • Zoning

Communities across the country are integrating smart growth, environmental justice, and equitable development approaches to design and build healthy, sustainable, and inclusive neighborhoods.  These diverse communities and many others are finding that environmental justice, smart growth, and equitable development can be an effective combination for promoting a clean and safe environment, a…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 08
  • Food
  • Community & Housing
  • Health
  • Zoning
  • Land Use
Urban Agriculture Policies: City of Cleveland, Ohio

The City of Cleveland is committed to increasing community health, sustainability and supporting local economies.

 

Urban Agriculture: Best Practices & Possibilities

This report provides an overview of urban agriculture and local food system resources and practices across the United States and parts of Canada, with a…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 08
  • Food
  • Health
  • Community & Housing
  • Zoning
  • Land Use

The City of Cleveland is committed to increasing community health, sustainability and supporting local economies. Below is a collection of policies and ordinances that the city has adopted to increase, enable and facilitate urban agriculture.  

Urban Garden District: Established as part of the zoning code to ensure that urban garden areas are appropriately located and protected to…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 08
  • Food
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Community & Housing
  • Land Use
  • Zoning
  • Health

Abstract

This report provides an overview of urban agriculture and local food system resources and practices across the United States and parts of Canada, with a primary emphasis on providing resources that can encourage and support urban agriculture in Missouri’s metropolitan areas. We analyzed information from a survey of Urban Sustainability Directors Network members who belong to…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 08
  • Food
  • Health
  • Community & Housing
  • Land Use
  • Zoning

This report provides an overview of urban agriculture and local food system resources and practices across the United States and parts of Canada, with a primary emphasis on providing resources that can encourage and support urban agriculture in Missouri's metropolitan areas.

Examples of successful emerging practices and resources for cities and their urban agriculture practitioners…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 07
  • Food
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Health
  • Community & Housing
  • Land Use
  • Zoning

Local governments can use urban agriculture as a tool to address many financial, health, and environmental issues.  For example, agriculture in and close to major cities can help the environment by, among other things, reducing the distances food travels.  Community gardens can keep people active while providing them with natural, locally grown food.  Municipal policies can help community…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 07
  • Water & Green Infrastructure
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Climate
  • Water Quality
  • Placemaking
  • Community & Housing
  • Open Space
  • Health

Given the water challenges facing many parts of the country, capturing, storing, and using rainwater and stormwater runoff is often an effective way of decreasing stresses on municipal water sources.  "The Texas Manual on Rainwater Harvesting" prepared for the Texas Water Development Board is a good resource for Sustainability Officers interested in learning about small-scale commercial and…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 07
  • Water & Green Infrastructure
  • Food
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Community & Housing
  • Zoning
  • Land Use

The Center for Neighborhood Technology has developed a green infrastructure portfolio standard (GIPS) as a way for communities to cost effectively scale up green infrastructure in developed urban areas to substantially reduce the volume of storm water runoff and pollutants that enter the sewer system. Green infrastructure-managing stormwater on-site with plants, trees, and grasses-provides a…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 07
  • Land Use
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Community
  • Zoning
  • Neighborhoods

Many cities in the United States are reassessing their use-based zoning codes in light of the increasing health, environmental, and economic costs of sprawl. To counter the car-centric system of development codified in use-based zoning codes, some pioneering cities have adopted form-based codes that seek to structure cities into compact and walkable neighborhoods.

This template…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute