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Citation

Homsy GC, Liao L, Warner ME. Rural Sociol. (1936) 2019; 84(3): 516-540.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2019, Rural Sociological Society, Publisher John Wiley and Sons)

DOI

10.1111/ruso.12262

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

In this article, we examine the connections between resiliency and sustainability by asking: Can disaster planning lead to more sustainability actions? In a survey we conducted of 1,899 cities, towns, and counties across the United States in 2015, we found that disaster plans are three times more common than sustainability plans. Our regression models find both types of plans lead to sustainability action as does regional collaboration across the rural-urban interface. However, we find that hazard mitigation planning may be done without including sustainability staff, citizens, and other officials. After controlling for motivations, capacity, and cooperation, we find that rural communities are more likely to have sustainability plans than suburbs, though their level of sustainability action is lower due to capacity constraints. Our models of multilevel governance find local motivations balance sustainability's concept of environmental protection, economic development, and social equity--and are more important drivers of action than grassroots or higher-level government funding and policy. This bodes well in a context where federal government leadership on sustainability is absent.


Language: en

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