Examining the variation in local water sustainability practices

Sung Wook Kwon, Daniel B. Bailey

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As sustainable development is becoming more important to ensure the economic success and social well-being of any government, without regard to its level, the efficient use and protection of natural resources has increased in importance. And local governments are at the forefront of developing sustainability policy in many ways. This study investigates the factors that influence the variation in local sustainability practices in one critical area, water conservation. The variation in adoption of water sustainability programs in municipalities across the U.S. is hypothesized to rely on three key factors: environmental condition, form of government, and fiscal condition. Our findings from an ordered logistic regression model indicate that municipalities with high drought level, high environmental policy priorities, and high community wealth are likely to adopt more water conservation programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-117
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Science Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2019


  • Environmental condition
  • Local governments
  • Water conservation policy
  • Water sustainability


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