A University of Iowa professor looks to determine what leads to sustainable communities’ success and failure. Professor Lucie Laurian received a three-year National Science Foundation Grant worth $389, 987. Using this grant, Laurian and her team will survey 50 cities in the U.S. and 55 in New Zealand to figure out what worked best for them in creating a sustainable environment.
According to the press release, Laurian believes that public institutions looking to incorporate sustainability will use the information gathered by these surveys:
The analysis will allow Laurian to suggest ways in which public institutions can be transformed to remove existing obstacles. And, she said, the recommendations should help other types of projects go more smoothly.
“Understanding the institutional factors that affect implementation is relevant to other aspects of local governance, like budgeting, infrastructure planning and hazard mitigation,” she said. “We also think the findings will be of interest to students who want to promote sustainability in the public or private sector.”