It may be while before Congress addresses the critical issues of climate change and sustainability, but a growing number of communities across the country are applying their own approaches, and collectively, they have a story to tell about what it takes to be successful.

Their experiences are highlighted in the fall 2010 edition of the National Civic Review. The entire contents of this special issue will be available for free at this URL.  (Click on the individual PDFs listed in the online table of contents.)

The issue focuses on sustainability initiatives in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Philadelphia, Tampa, Dubuque, Chattanooga, rural Kansas, El Paso, Texas and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, among others.

Several of the examples are recent All-America Cities or finalists.

Taken collectively, these stories represent an emerging narrative about how America will take on its most pressing challenges during the next half century. The special issue of NCR was made possible with support from the American Institute of Architects Center for Communities by Design.