Overview of city at night
Overview of city at night

Energy

Energy is the quiet force that keeps our cities running smoothly. NLC’s work highlights the various alternatives in this field and what local officials need to know to make the best decisions for their cities and towns.

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  • Case Studies & Practices

Benchmarking is the process of comparing inputs, processes, or outputs within or between organizations, often to motivate performance improvement. Benchmarking typically measures performance using an indicator per common unit (e.g., cost per unit…

  • Webinar

Join us to learn about two great opportunities to grow local solar markets and which is right for your community.

Solar in Your Community Challenge:

The Solar in Your Community Challenge is a $5 million prize competition sponsored…

Solar array in Portland, Oregon
Solar array in Portland, Oregon
  • CitiesSpeak

An upcoming webinar will show how cities can provide their residents with reliable, low-cost, and easy-to-perform home energy assessments.

When the city of Berkeley, California, launched its Building Energy…

photo - Cities Turn to Home Energy Score to Help Residents Save Money and Reduce Energy Waste
photo - Cities Turn to Home Energy Score to Help Residents Save Money and Reduce Energy Waste
  • Webinar

With more than 50,000 homes scored, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score is gaining momentum across the country. The Home Energy Score provides homeowners and homebuyers with a simple way to understand how much energy a home is…

  • CitiesSpeak

This is a guest post by Odette Mucha.

In 2016, solar energy was the largest source of new generating capacity in the United States. With more than one million solar projects now operating across the country, the U.S. has over 35 gigawatts…

Pictured is the Oregon Convention Center.
Pictured is the Oregon Convention Center.
  • News Announcement

As a part of the Obama Administration's effort to cut energy waste in the nation's buildings and facilities, today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National League of Cities launched the Better Buildings Zero Energy Districts…

city at night
city at night
  • Grant Programs

The Sustainable Cities Institute at NLC is part of a team providing no-cost consulting services to cities through SolSmart, a national designation and technical assistance program that recognizes leading solar communities and empowers additional…

  • Case Studies & Practices

To date, most of Tempe's sustainability and resilience initiatives have been housed within the Department of Public Works. To broaden the sustainability mission of the city government, Tempe created in October of 2015 a citizens' Sustainability…

  • CitiesSpeak

SolSmart Advisors are fully-funded, temporary staff who work in cities to provide intensive technical assistance to communities looking to adopt solar-friendly programs and practices.

Cities across the nation should…

Solar panels
Solar panels
  • CitiesSpeak

The data explorer tool helps communities, cities and municipalities easily visualize how many rooftops are suitable to install solar, how much power they could collectively generate, and how much carbon could be displaced by…

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