Sustainability University–Community Partnerships: Lessons for practitioners and scholars from highly sustainable communities

Colorado State University, Missouri State University

Publication Release Date: Jan. 8, 2018
Date Posted: May 8, 2018
Submitted by: Rachel Young
Sustainability Topics: Campus Engagement, Public Engagement
Content Type: Publications
Publisher: SAGE Journals
Periodical Name: Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space
Type: Journal Article


As local communities face increasing pressure to address environmental concerns, town–gown partnerships are one avenue for improving environmental conditions and sustainability planning for the future. Partnerships between community leaders and university students, faculty, and staff can provide an avenue for exchanging knowledge, expertise, and resources that may benefit both parties. Based on survey results from highly sustainable U.S. cities, this paper outlines key lessons for practitioners and scholars interested in developing environmentally focused town–gown partnerships.