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Local Governments and Sustainability: The Power of Public Goods

Public goods are what governments produce every day on behalf of their citizens. The government produces them because the market cannot or because a society decides that all citizens should…

Creating a Sustainable Community in Fernandina Beach, Florida

Fernandina Beach, located on Amelia Island, is a small 12 square mile city on the Atlantic Ocean in Northeast Florida with a population of 11,500 people. The city has an…

Sustainability: A Vital Public Administration Value

Most of the readers of this article probably have some appreciation for the natural world around them and connect this outdoor appreciation with recreational pursuits or with active involvement in…

The Role of Government Regulation and Leadership in Increasing Sustainability

The purpose of much federal regulation is to provide protection, either to individuals, or to the environment. Whether the topic is environmental protection, safety and health in the home or…

Exploring the Application of an Integrated Strategic and Change Management Framework to the Issue of Mass Shootings

Acts of gun violence against innocents, particularly mass shootings, are generally agreed as heinous.  Yet, government’s effort to legislate on the issue is arguably failing.  This article explores an alternative…

Using Regulatory Agencies to Implement Environmental Sustainability Programs for the New York State Energy System

New York state has made progress during the past 10 years in using regulatory agencies to make the state’s energy system more environmentally friendly. Specifically, New York state has developed…

Sustainability and Public Reality

Sustainability and Public Reality

The word sustainability gets mentioned a lot these days in the popular press, in academia and in government. We are told that humanity is faced with the threat of dwindling…

How Might Immigration Reform Affect Implementation of the Affordable Care Act?

A raging debate continues in Congress between those who want a legalization pathway for the nation’s 11.2 million undocumented workers and others who view such an approach as amnesty. Even…

Are the Best and Brightest Attracted to Public Service?

Are the Best and Brightest Attracted to Public Service?

“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”  -Former U.S. President John F. Kennedy During the 1960s and 1970s, interest in…

Recruitment and Retention of Top Talent in Public Service Worldwide

Recruitment and retention of the right staff are two of the major challenges confronting modern organizations as they determine their level of productivity and sustainability. Recruitment determines the quality and…

Targeting Top Students for Federal Service

Despite constraints on budgets for recruiting and retaining top talent, federal agencies cannot simply halt hiring. As the nation’s largest employer—with more than two million civilian employees—the government must fill…