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GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE FOR SUSTAINABLE LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
 
Chris Lindsey, Taylor Narewski, Steven Simms
  This paper will examine green infrastructure, explaining common practices and how these efforts promote environmental sustainability as well as create real economic benefits. The paper will also evaluate academic, non-profit, and think-tank research on green infrastructure, focusing on habitat preservation and green space creation as well as water and transportation systems. Finally, having examined common green infrastructure techniques and practices, the paper will present three case studies that will provide in-depth analysis of different issues found in the literature review. The case studies will also be helpful in providing examples or approaches that can be used by local economic developers.
 
EQUITY TOOLS FOR SUSTAINABLE LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
 
Chelsea Arkin, Victoria Glover, Kacey Wood
  Effectively incorporating equity tools such as living wage policies, job training programs, and Community Benefit Agreements is crucial for the success of sustainable economic development. Traditional economic development practices have ignored equity issues, leaving many communities and families victims of short-sighted growth strategies. Living wage policies advocate for a suitable standard of living but economic implications and practicality of implementation create competing theories. Economic development must incorporate progressive job training in order to attract knowledge-driven companies and to enhance economic prospects of low-wage workers. Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) are emerging and innovative legal tools that take equity strategies into consideration by ensuring that communities directly benefit from development projects.
  When implemented together, effective living wage policies, job training, and the CBA movement present a clear path to systematic change in the field of sustainable economic development. Through the review of the literature and presentation of case studies, this report aims to identify the emergence, the competing theories, and the key components of these holistic practices.
 
GREEN ENERGY OPTIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
 
Austin Dickson, Blair Garvey, Michelle Larson
  This report documents a growing trend of businesses, governments, individuals, and communities working together to integrate green energy strategies into a plan for sustainable local economic development. Three questions regarding this trend are considered: (1) what is the policy context for community strategies, (2) what are the steps involved in designing a sustainable energy strategy, and (3) what opportunities exist for harnessing the power of green energy projects for sustainable local economic development? Before beginning to explore these topics, there are questions addressed regarding what factors have led communities to think about and adopt these plans.
 
WASTE MANAGEMENT AND RECYCLING FOR SUSTAINABLE LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
 
Nelson Davis, Nancy Galewski, Yewande Robinson-Freeman
  Our research shows how the zero waste strategy, recycling initiatives and landfill gas to energy projects can provide an opportunity for local economic development in many areas throughout the United States. The following developments show that implementation would not only ensure greater environmental sustainability, but also have positive social and economic impacts on the area.
  As a society, we should first promote prevention strategies because they improve sustainability and increase the quality of life of the area in the short and long run. Proactive strategies such as zero waste and recycling will help achieve the sustainability goals of a community. Second, in order to help reduce the negative footprint effects of a landfill that produces toxic gases, and consumes state and local resources, communities should create tools that utilize landfills in a way that will create local economic development.