Questions of sustainability affect many areas of governance from land use and urban planning to economic development and job creation, energy planning, transportation, waste management and infrastructure. Over the summer, state and local government leaders convened at the “Smart, Livable, Sustainable” conference in Santa Monica, Calif., to learn about innovative ideas that help align policy, governance and program management to achieve a sustainable future. Speakers at the event highlighted the experiences of different communities, focusing on lessons learned and best practices — as well as new approaches to achieve energy efficiency with smart solutions, and the latest trends in energy planning and recycling. This guide highlights snapshots of the conference presentations and provides resources for public officials working toward a more sustainable future.
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