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The APWA Framework for Sustainable Communities is an APWA guide designed and produced by the Center for Sustainability to help decision makers make economical and responsible decisions regarding public works infrastructure issues within the community. Making sustainable decisions means making long term, fiscally and socially responsible decisions. The APWA Framework for Sustainable Communities is a guide to help assess the risk regarding these decisions.

The Framework is based on three key dimensions:
1. The five legs of sustainability, which include ecology, economy, empowerment, efficiency and health.

2. S.W.O.T. (Strengths; Weaknesses; Opportunities; and Threats)

3. The Stoplight system

Framework for Sustainable Communities

Interactive desktop version

APWA Framework for Sustainable Communities Facilitator's Guide includes instructions for how to use the Framework for Sustainable Communities.