In 2013, the Center released a five year strategic plan to guide its efforts and activities. In formulating the plan, the Center Leadership Group identified that the building of sustainable communities is the greatest challenge to public works in the 21st Century and recommits APWA as an organization to the promotion and support of public works professionals’ efforts to advance sustainability in their communities. The Strategic Plan identifies six goals:
The Center Leaders also identified a series of activities they can implement to ensure that the six identified goals of the strategic plan are implemented. The Strategic Plan also clarifies the role of the APWA Center for Sustainability: to inform APWA members on best practices, tools, and knowledge; identifies and communicates a compelling case for sustainability in public works; and creates, complies, organizes and distributes information on creating sustainable communities.