#7 in ’14: Two Cities. Two Mayors. One Cause

Posted on December 24, 2014

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We’re counting down the hits from 2014 – #10: SeeClickFix Names ELGL as a Civic Space Leader, #9: ELGL expanding to Washington State, #8: Foreignness of Local Governmentand now for #7….

Sustainability Chat: PDX Mayor Hales and Indy Mayor Ballard


David Nguyen Collection: Defining Sustainability

Unofficial Picture Show: Defining Sustainability

In July, ELGL hosted a Sustainability Chat with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. Both cities are known for their success in implementing sustainability measures. As we learned at the forum, Portland has framed the measures as “the right thing to do for the environment” while Indianapolis has stressed the cost savings from the efforts.

10409022_655920121160220_3317815845456279472_nMayor Ballard, a Republican, created SustainIndy to advance the issue. Mayor Hales, a Democrat, has continued and expanded the ongoing sustainability initiatives.

Oregonian Editorial Board member Len Reed moderated the discussion between the mayors. The discussion covered everything from defining sustainability, challenges to implementing initiatives, and a look ahead to challenges facing cities. Before the discussion, attendees were treated to a reception with their colleagues, the two mayors, and the First Ladys.

Supplemental Reading

4 Takeaways from Mayor Hales & Mayor Ballard

What We Learned from the Mayors of PDX and Indy

Planning, Sustainability and the PDC News

Defining Sustainability with SustainIndy


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