Sustainable Cities Institute

The Sustainable Cities Institute (SCI) is the centerpiece sustainability initiative of the National League of Cities. SCI serves to catalyze, inform, support, and celebrate the efforts of local government and their leaders.

Serving as both an online toolbox and an active provider of technical assistance, SCI helps NLC members foster more livable and resilient communities.


Cities Harnessing the Sun: Solar Designation and Consulting Services through SolSmart

The Sustainable Cities Institute is proud to be part of the SolSmart team, helping cities throughout the United States capitalize on a booming solar energy market and providing citizens the option of more affordable and accessible renewable energy. SolSmart, funded by U.S. Department of Energy, is designed to nationally recognize local solar achievements. Additionally, SolSmart will empower new communities to become solar leaders and achieve national designation through no-cost technical assistance provided by the Sustainable Cities Institute and a team of national solar experts. Our team will work with elected officials, city staff, and community members to help cities update their solar processes using established best practices. 

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Leadership in Community Resilience Program

The Sustainable Cities Institute at the National League of Cities has launched the Leadership in Community Resilience program, bringing together 10 cities to help local officials, city staff, and community partners share their experiences and advance local resilience efforts. Visit this site for updates as the pilot project runs through the end of 2017.

Water Now Alliance

Hosted by the WaterNow Alliance and the Mayors’ Innovation project, in collaboration with American Rivers and the Sustainable Cities Institute at the National League of Cities, this is a forum for public officials to exchange policy and program ideas that can help your city chart a more resilient water future.