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A Pathway to Sustainable American Cities: A Guide to Implementing the SDGs

Guidance and systemization of experiences

Over the last 15 years, U.S. cities of all sizes have started developing longterm sustainability plans that identify demographic trends, anticipate their cities’ needs, and set long-term environmental goals. The planning process also often includes a range of input from city residents and other stakeholders, such as civic institutions and the private sector. In addition, the plans are updated regularly and progress is tracked publicly. SDSN hosted a workshop alongside the 2019 Winter Meeting of the US Conference of Mayors with practitioners and experts to discuss their experiences and consider lessons detailed in the draft practitioner guide: “A Pathway to Sustainable American Cities: A Guide to Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals,” which will be finalized and circulated following a closed comment period by city officials. Those interested in providing comment can send notes to Melika Edquist (Melika.Edquist@unsdsn.org) by February 15th.

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