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The leadership of sustainable cities: A comparative study of two Oregon communities

Kenneth L Weaver, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


In order for cities to become more sustainable it is necessary for the leaders of the efforts to change the organizations and governments so that they understand and embrace what it means to be more sustainable. This study examined the change processes of two Oregon Cities, Corvallis and Eugene, that had made the choice to become more sustainable as a community. The approaches that the participant leaders used demonstrated the use of different ways of thinking about the leadership of change. The ways of thinking of the community leaders were formed by their unique personal backgrounds, knowledge, skills, and abilities. These became the lens through which they viewed the problems and challenges of a community that was striving to become more sustainable. The participant's ways of thinking influenced their orientation toward change that guided or constrained their decision making and the strategic choices made when they engaged in the quest to achieve their goal of becoming a more sustainable community.

Subject Area

Public administration|Sustainability|Urban planning

Recommended Citation

Weaver, Kenneth L, "The leadership of sustainable cities: A comparative study of two Oregon communities" (2012). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3518163.