Meghan Z. Gough, Ph. D., is Associate Professor and Chair of the Urban and Regional Studies and Planning Program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Gough teaches community-engaged courses on sustainable community development, planning process and decision-making, and public participation. Her scholarly work focuses on the human dimensions of sustainability, including the development and role of creative partnerships to implement sustainability at the local and regional levels. Gough is currently writing a book for Cornell University Press that examines partnerships among cultural institutions, municipalities, and local organizations to enable more livable communities, and is leading research on the early outcomes of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Sustainable Communities Initiative, which funded regional planning efforts for sustainability in 74 regions nationwide.