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Environment & Sustainability

An ever more critical area of focus for cities, environmental and sustainability-minded approaches to governance ensure cities can continue building on today’s successes into the future. We offer resources based on our own research, and equally as important, we are a convener where cities can share proven best practices.

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  • Press Release

WASHINGTON — October 10, 2017 — This afternoon, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a measure by the previous administration to reduce…

Coal Plant
Coal Plant
  • Press Release

WASHINGTON – August 2, 2017 – Today, the National League of Cities (NLC) announced a new program aimed at elevating local climate engagement activities by its members and affiliates in nearly 19,000 American cities and towns. In light of the need…

Family
Family
  • Toolkit
  • Case Studies & Practices

"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. 

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  • Case Studies & Practices

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,…

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  • Case Studies & Practices

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…

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  • Case Studies & Practices

"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.

  • CitiesSpeak

The 2017 summit centered around how to finance resilient infrastructure and implement actions to build more resilient communities. Here are four key takeaways.

This post was co-authored by Katharine Burgess,…

photo - Planning a More Resilient Future: Four Takeaways From the 2017 Resilient Cities Summit
photo - Planning a More Resilient Future: Four Takeaways From the 2017 Resilient Cities Summit
  • CitiesSpeak

NLC recently joined a community forum on hazard adaptation and mitigation in the city of Annapolis, Maryland, where federal, state and local agencies were working together to take action on climate change. Here’s what we…

photo - How One Small City Is Making Big Moves in Resilience Planning
photo - How One Small City Is Making Big Moves in Resilience Planning
  • CitiesSpeak

At an uncertain time for federal transportation policy, local elected officials across the country are rolling up their sleeves and adopting a “do it yourself” ethos — and the result is often surprising.

This is…

photo - All Transportation Is Local
photo - All Transportation Is Local
  • CitiesSpeak

The city of Santa Fe is proof that small cities can take the lead and set an example for larger cities when it comes to resource management.

This is a guest post by Eric West.

For Small Cities Month, NLC…

photo - How One Small City Makes a Big Impact on Resource Management
photo - How One Small City Makes a Big Impact on Resource Management