City buildings with trees
City buildings with trees

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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  • Webinar

Join elected leaders from sister cities Ann Arbor, USA, County Durham, UK, and Tuebingen, Germany as they discuss their efforts to advance climate action and achieve a just transition to carbon neutrality. This webinar will feature short…

Wind turbines
Wind turbines
  • Webinar

As we approach the summer months in midst of the Coronavirus pandemic and its cascading effects, cities will still be confronted by more shocks and stresses, including tornadoes, climate-induced events such as hurricanes, extreme heat events, and…

Small town
Small town
  • Webinar

NREL and its project partners are developing the Solar Automated Permit Processing (SolarAPP) Platform to allow for the instant approval of residential rooftop projects that are compliant with AHJ code. The tool will be provided to AHJs at no…

solar panels
solar panels
  • Press Release
  • News Announcement

WASHINGTON — March 12, 2019 — Today, the National League of Cities (NLC) announced eight new cities for the Leadership in Community Resilience program. Each city will receive $10,000 in direct financial support as well as technical assistance and…

Wind turbines
Wind turbines
  • News Announcement
  • Press Release

WASHINGTON — November 15, 2018 — To improve municipal waste management practices, boost local green jobs and help address climate change, the National League of Cities (NLC), in partnership with Starbucks, today released Recycling Reimagined, a…

Waste management
Waste management
  • Press Release

The National League of Cities is launching a municipal recycling campaign

WASHINGTON — September 25, 2018 — Today, the National League of Cities (NLC) released a new report, “Rethinking Recycling: How Cities Can…

Recycling in cities
Recycling in cities
  • Research Report

In 2015, Americans generated more than 262 million tons of waste, or nearly 4.5 pounds per person, per day. To handle this load, nearly every U.S. city has developed a solid waste management program that includes recycling. These initiatives have…

  • Toolkit
  • Case Studies & Practices

Despite lingering disagreement about the causes of climate change, its impacts have reached cities and towns across America. That is why thousands of local leaders have already started working to cut energy use, use more renewables, improve…

Infrastructure is a bipartisan issue. It's time to rebuild together.

Policymakers, industry experts, and city leaders agree – we must rebuild America’s infrastructure before it’s too late. But, it's not…

  • Research Report

In American cities, green design continues to expand its influence. Solar panels, porous pavement, and green roofs are all catching on as ways for developers to reduce environmental impacts of buildings. But what happens when these features and…