Today, climate change, pollution, poor health, and economic crisis pose a threat to Earth and its inhabitants. If these global threats are left unmitigated, serious economic, environmental, and social consequences will occur. Earth’s future currently rests in the hands of urban planners and policy makers. It is their responsibility to develop and implement methods that ensure a sustainable ... [Show full abstract] future. Sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The current effort to achieve global sustainability needs to be improved as conditions continue to decline. Urban planners and policy makers, at all levels of government, from jurisdictions around the globe, need to share their innovative, sustainable planning methods with one another. Their combined effort will help humans and the environment better cope with existing threats and protect the planet from irreversible damage.