City Solutions Database

Welcome to NLC's City Practices Database. Here, you will find examples of initiatives and projects on a variety of topics being implemented now in cities of all sizes across the country.

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Aug 01
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Climate

"The American Climate Values Survey" assesses climate and other values to provide information and insights for people who want to increase the effectiveness of their efforts to build public support for climate solutions. 

Download survey. 

Aug 01
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Climate
  • Communications

Leadership for climate solutions is growing dramatically. Major faith communities, heralded by Pope Francis; leading health organizations, such as the American Public Health Association; Fortune 500 companies, including Procter & Gamble, Google, and General Mills; virtually every college and university in America; and cities and states across the nation are taking action and speaking out…

Aug 01
  • Climate
  • Communications
  • Environment & Sustainability

Local governments and the services they provide contribute a small percentage of a community’s climate pollution. Because the majority comes from the private sector (homes, businesses, churches, schools, hospitals, etc.), successful community climate solutions require broad community participation. 

A key step is to ensure that mayors are well equipped to communicate local climate…

Jul 26
  • Climate
  • Communications
  • Environment & Sustainability

"15 Steps to Create Effective Climate Communications" from National League of Cities and ecoAmerica outlines the specific flow for creating and delivering successful climate change communications that resonate with your target audience.

Keep in mind that the order in which you present information matters. Research shows that the same set of facts arranged in different ways produces…

May 08
  • Public Safety
  • Health & Wellness
  • Violence
What are the goals of the program?

In December 2013, realizing that the issue of firearm violence rates in the City of Wilmington, especially among youth, was becoming a crisis situation, the city leaders requested that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assist in an investigation of gun violence and provide recommendations for preventive action. Specifically, the CDC was…

Apr 17
Healthy housing
Healthy housing
  • Housing
  • Neighborhoods
  • Community & Housing
What was the goal of the initiative?

The Arroyo Vista public housing development, the city’s only such venue, was falling into disrepair. The costs to improve or rebuild the 150-unit development could not be borne by the city alone. Toward the goal of transforming this low-density deteriorating property into a mixed-use and mixed-income complex offering several housing types in a…

Mar 08
  • Resilience
  • Climate
  • Leadership & Management
  • Equity
  • Community
  • Zoning

Communities across the country are integrating smart growth, environmental justice, and equitable development approaches to design and build healthy, sustainable, and inclusive neighborhoods.  These diverse communities and many others are finding that environmental justice, smart growth, and equitable development can be an effective combination for promoting a clean and safe environment, a…

Mar 08
  • Food
  • Community & Housing
  • Health
  • Zoning
  • Land Use
Urban Agriculture Policies: City of Cleveland, Ohio

The City of Cleveland is committed to increasing community health, sustainability and supporting local economies.

 

Urban Agriculture: Best Practices & Possibilities

This report provides an overview of urban agriculture and local food system resources and practices across the United States and parts of Canada, with a…

Mar 07
  • Food
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Health
  • Community & Housing
  • Land Use
  • Zoning

Local governments can use urban agriculture as a tool to address many financial, health, and environmental issues.  For example, agriculture in and close to major cities can help the environment by, among other things, reducing the distances food travels.  Community gardens can keep people active while providing them with natural, locally grown food.  Municipal policies can help community…

Mar 07
  • Water & Green Infrastructure
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Climate
  • Water Quality
  • Placemaking
  • Community & Housing
  • Open Space
  • Health

Given the water challenges facing many parts of the country, capturing, storing, and using rainwater and stormwater runoff is often an effective way of decreasing stresses on municipal water sources.  "The Texas Manual on Rainwater Harvesting" prepared for the Texas Water Development Board is a good resource for Sustainability Officers interested in learning about small-scale commercial and…