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What Is a Sustainable Community? A sustainable community has forged relationships with residents and the local private sector to set and achieve complementary economic, environmental, and social goals. Together, these goals will help the community realize long-term competitiveness and success.


  • Small Community (less than 50,000 residents)
  • Midsize Community (50,000 – 500,000 residents)
  • Large Community (more than 500,000 residents)


Overarching Sustainability:

  • The community demonstrates superior strategic thinking about goals and outcomes
  • The community incorporates innovative processes, tools, equipment, and materials to achieve sustainability
  • The community shows proven results and metrics that improves the quality of life for the residents

Economic Sustainability:

  • The community values sustainability as a way to enhance the local business environment
  • The community incorporates multiple partnerships and stakeholders, including a formal partner from the business community
  • The community demonstrates economic results related to sustainability over the past two years

Environmental Sustainability:

  • The community reduces its environmental footprint
  • The community achieves measurable results

The U.S. Chamber BCLC is accepting nominations for the 2012 Sustainable Community Awards until 8:30 p.m. EST / 5:30 p.m. PST on Friday, January 13, 2012.  

Joe Sibilia, Founder of CSRwire (2010-2011 Siemens Sustainable Community Awards Judge):

 “Some nominees gave a good talk without any measurable goals and objectives. The better nominees were able to articulate their aspirations with or without results. Finally, the best nominees articulated their aspirations, provided measurable results and suggested improvements.”