Sustainable communities exist due to the efforts of concerned city leaders and involved citizens. There is no one-size-fits-all solution or operating manual to guide communities when developing a sustainable initiative. This chapter will explore four elements innovation leaders should consider to help accomplish sustainable initiatives. These four elements are: destination, collaboration, evaluation, and education. There is no particular order of application of these four items as when placed into action, some or all of them may even be exercised at the same time. This chapter will review how these four elements were instrumental in Dubuque, Iowa’s sustainable changes.

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