Overview of city at night
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  • 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…

Google
Google
  • CitiesSpeak

Two U.S. cities have been recognized for removing barriers to solar energy and making it easier and more affordable for homes and businesses to install solar. Here’s how they achieved that recognition.

The National…

solar
solar
  • CitiesSpeak

Your city could win national recognition, free passes to NLC's 2016 City Summit in Pittsburgh, a speaking role at the conference, a guest blog post, and more.

NLC is excited to be part of a team administrating the SolSmart program, which…

SolSmart program
SolSmart program
  • CitiesSpeak

SolSmart offers cities no-cost technical assistance to improve access and affordability of local solar projects. Launched on April 27 by the Sustainable Cities Institute at the National League of Cities and a team of organizations, the new…

Solar
Solar
  • CitiesSpeak

NLC's Sustainable Cities Institute has partnered with The Solar Foundation to provide national recognition and no-cost technical support for local governments to promote solar energy.

This is a guest post by Phillip Haddix.

The…

Solar panels
Solar panels
  • CitiesSpeak

The Obama administration's Clean Power Plan requires power plants to reduce carbon emissions and establishes state-by-state targets to accomplish this goal.

The Supreme Court may currently be on recess but that did not stop it from issuing…

Power Plant
Power Plant
  • CitiesSpeak

Nearly every boulevard, avenue, road or side street in America is lined with opportunities to reduce energy consumption and save important municipal dollars. Street lights in the United States are estimated to use as much energy as six million…

Streetlights
Streetlights