Cities Lead in Building Resilient Communities and Climate Change Mitigation Efforts

Press Release
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Earlier today, President Obama addressed the special U.N. climate summit about the critical need for international action to mitigate the harms of climate change and extreme weather. While international cooperation must clearly be a priority, cities across America are taking the lead by building resilient communities and developing regional climate mitigation solutions.

This week in Saint Paul, Minn., the National League of Cities (NLC) convened more than 60 city officials in the Midwest to discuss city resiliency strategies and tactics. The convening focused on how cities in the Midwest can develop strategies, promote discussion and strengthen engagement on the regional level.

"It is encouraging to see the international community convene this week to address climate change issues, but cities can't afford to wait for action," said National League of Cities President Chris Coleman, Mayor of Saint Paul, Minn. "This crisis is at a critical period. Cities are leading efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and build resilient, more sustainable communities. We are on the front lines-our residents are the most affected by the increasing severe weather that impacts us on a local, regional and global scale."

NLC reiterates the need for strong federal partnerships to be successful in solving these critical climate issues. For more information and case studies on city sustainability and resiliency efforts, visit NLC's Sustainable Cities Institute.

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.