Examining Sustainable Development Policy in California Cities: 2011 Energy Sustainable California Communities Survey
California Journal of Politics and Policy
In order to enhance both marketability and sustainability of the community, California cities seek a sustainable development policy which attempts to integrate sustainability programs into an economic development strategy. The author examines sustainable development policy in California cities and explores four research questions. First, to what extent are California cities interested in the adoption of sustainable development policy which integrates sustainability programs into their economic
... nto their economic development strategy? Second, what policy efforts do California cities currently undertake for a sustainable development policy? Third, what obstacles do California cities face in pursuing sustainable development policy? Fourth, what additional efforts do California cities need to undertake for a better and smarter sustainable development policy? This research develops a framework from literatures in economic development policy and sustainability policy for descriptive analyses using the 2011 Energy Sustainable California Communities Survey data. The findings from the descriptive and explanatory analyses indicate that considerable numbers of California cities are interested in sustainable development policy and engage in various efforts related to the policy, but lack of funds and political will discourage California cities from pursuing the policy effectively.