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  • Summary of the historic building code proposal voted on during the International Code Council hearings in October 2010. Outcomes are expected to result in a 30 percent increase in energy efficiency and conservation over the 2006 code.
    November 08, 2010

    New Energy Code Will Result in Increased Energy Efficiency for Residential and Commercial Buildings

    Summary of the historic building code proposal voted on during the International Code Council hearings in October 2010. Outcomes are expected to result in a 30 percent increase in energy efficiency and conservation over the 2006 code.

  • Maintaining ports is vital for economic stability.  Ports face challenges related to safety and security issues, as well as to funding -- not only for maintenance and operations but also for increasing capacity to deal with future growth.
    November 01, 2010

    Port Infrastructure: Transportation for the Economy

    Maintaining ports is vital for economic stability. Ports face challenges related to safety and security issues, as well as to funding -- not only for maintenance and operations but also for increasing capacity to deal with future growth.

  • A national infrastructure bank could reduce the complexity of expensive transportation projects, funding high-speed rail networks quickly and creating thousands of jobs in the U.S.
    October 18, 2010

    High-Speed Finance for High-Speed Rail

    A national infrastructure bank could reduce the complexity of expensive transportation projects, funding high-speed rail networks quickly and creating thousands of jobs in the U.S.

  • To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, more and more cities are choosing renewable energy sources.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program designed to promote and recognize the use of green power by leading U.S. organizations and communities.
    September 27, 2010

    EPA’s Green Power Partnership: Helping Cities Fight Climate Change by Supporting Renewable Energy

    To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, more and more cities are choosing renewable energy sources. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program designed to promote and recognize the use of green power by leading U.S. organizations and communities.

  • President Obama’s transportation plan includes an upfront $50 billion investment in transportation to jumpstart job creation, the creation of an Infrastructure Bank to leverage federal dollars, a commitment to high-speed rail, and a dedication to environmental sustainability and increasing transportation choices in communities.
    September 13, 2010

    President Announces Vision for New Transportation System

    President Obama’s transportation plan includes an upfront $50 billion investment in transportation to jumpstart job creation, the creation of an Infrastructure Bank to leverage federal dollars, a commitment to high-speed rail, and a dedication to environmental sustainability and increasing transportation choices in communities.

  • Presents summaries of energy saving initiatives across five cities as a result of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds and provides an update on the federal bipartisan effort supporting the continuation of this important program.
    August 19, 2010

    Legislators Commend City Innovation, Ask for Additional EECBG Funding

    Presents summaries of energy saving initiatives across five cities as a result of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds and provides an update on the federal bipartisan effort supporting the continuation of this important program.

  • An innovative energy finance strategy, the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, was unexpectedly suspended following an objection by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. This article outlines the importance of this program to local communities and steps NLC has taken in response.
    August 16, 2010

    PACE Clean Energy Program Dealt Setback

    An innovative energy finance strategy, the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, was unexpectedly suspended following an objection by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. This article outlines the importance of this program to local communities and steps NLC has taken in response.

  • In a hearing before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, Kansas City, Mo., Councilwoman Jan Marcason discussed the important role of clean water infrastructure investment in creating jobs, protecting the environment and improving the quality of life in cities and towns.  Councilwoman Marcason also described Kansas City’s 25-year, $2.5 billion program to improve the city’s water quality.
    July 26, 2010

    NLC Testifies in Support of Clean Water Infrastructure Investment

    In a hearing before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, Kansas City, Mo., Councilwoman Jan Marcason discussed the important role of clean water infrastructure investment in creating jobs, protecting the environment and improving the quality of life in cities and towns. Councilwoman Marcason also described Kansas City’s 25-year, $2.5 billion program to improve the city’s water quality.

  • Guest author Bill Fay of the Energy Efficiency Codes Coalition (EECC) explains the importance of building codes for local governments and details on how cities can participate in the International Code Council final action hearings.
    July 12, 2010

    Guest Column: The 30 Percent Solution 2012

    Guest author Bill Fay of the Energy Efficiency Codes Coalition (EECC) explains the importance of building codes for local governments and details on how cities can participate in the International Code Council final action hearings.

  • A new NLC report, “Community Wellness: Comprehensive City-School Strategies to Reduce Childhood Obesity,” focuses on lessons learned by cities that, with technical assistance from NLC, sought to develop and implement local wellness strategies to combat childhood obesity.
    May 03, 2010

    NLC Report Highlights City-School Partnerships to Combat Obesity

    A new NLC report, “Community Wellness: Comprehensive City-School Strategies to Reduce Childhood Obesity,” focuses on lessons learned by cities that, with technical assistance from NLC, sought to develop and implement local wellness strategies to combat childhood obesity.