Sustainable Cities Institute Moving to National League of Cities

November 7, 2011
by Tammy Zborel 

NLC and The Home Depot Foundation (THDF) announced plans to move the Sustainable Cities Institute (SCI) to NLC's Center for Research and Innovation.

Developed by THDF in 2009, the Sustainable Cities Institute provides a one-stop shop for cities and sustainability professionals to find vetted best practices from across the country to help them identify and implement local sustainability programs and policies, as well as communicate with other cities about related issues and topics. 
SCI will be housed within NLC's Center for Research and Innovation. Since 2009, NLC's work on sustainability - including a series of topical guides, case studies and a national survey - has been largely supported through THDF as NLC's official Sustainability Partner.

The transition of SCI to NLC will build upon this existing partnership and further enhance the range of resources and opportunities available - such as a collection of model policies, interactive discussion forums, city profiles and more - through NLC to support local government leaders and staff meet their sustainability goals.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to move the Sustainable Cities Institute to NLC," said Donald J. Borut, executive director of NLC. "The Home Depot Foundation has built a very strong platform to support sustainability efforts across cities. Bringing SCI to NLC will enrich our existing work and further demonstrate NLC's commitment to helping cities with their sustainability efforts."

"We are thrilled that the impact of the Sustainable Cities Institute will be extended to even more local governments through the broad reach of the National League of Cities," said Kelly Caffarelli, President, The Home Depot Foundation. "Under NLC's guidance, SCI will continue to provide real-time information and access to practical expertise that will help cities create and implement sustainability programs, including efforts to save money and other resources, and to support healthy communities."

Going forward, NLC and THDF will finalize details of the transition, which is expected to take place in early 2012. NLC plans to engage its members for feedback on ways to further develop SCI while also reaching out to those who have been highly involved throughout its development, including city staff, the SCI Advisory Board and several national organizations. Opportunities will be available at NLC's upcoming Congress of Cities in Phoenix, November 9-12, for city leaders and staff to "tour" SCI and learn more about NLC's Sustainability Programs moving forward. 

Details: To learn more about NLC's Sustainability Program or the Sustainable Cities Institute please visit or Questions or feedback regarding this program and the transition of SCI to NLC may be directed to Tammy Zborel, senior associate within the Sustainability Program at For more information about the Green Cities Conference taking place at NLC's Congress of Cities and Exposition please