Sustainable Cities Institute

The Sustainable Cities Institute (SCI) is your hub for climate leadership in local government.

The Sustainable Cities Institute provides convening opportunities, direct technical assistance and leadership training for cities to mitigate and adapt to the effects of a changing climate. We help cities identify and implement proven strategies to preserve clean air, clean water, and clean land.
At the National League of Cities, SCI has unparalleled access to elected officials in more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns that it represents. Our programs develop local political leadership will put America on a path that is more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable.

Cities Harnessing the Sun: Solar Designation and Consulting Services through SolSmart

The Sustainable Cities Institute is proud to be part of the SolSmart team, helping cities throughout the United States capitalize on a booming solar energy market and providing citizens the option of more affordable and accessible renewable energy. SolSmart, funded by U.S. Department of Energy, is designed to nationally recognize local solar achievements. Additionally, SolSmart will empower new communities to become solar leaders and achieve national designation through no-cost technical assistance provided by the Sustainable Cities Institute and a team of national solar experts. Our team will work with elected officials, city staff, and community members to help cities update their solar processes using established best practices. 

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Leadership in Community Resilience Program

The Sustainable Cities Institute at the National League of Cities has launched the Leadership in Community Resilience program, bringing together 10 cities to help local officials, city staff, and community partners share their experiences and advance local resilience efforts. Visit this site for updates as the pilot project runs through the end of 2017.

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Small Cities Resliency Competition

How are you working to improve your city’s resilience to natural disasters or economic stress?

Have you been able to assess your risk or identify projects that would reduce it?

The Sustainable Cities Institute at the National League of Cities is teaming up with IBTS to launch a Small Cities Resilience Competition. 

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Urban Water Management

Cities have an obligation to maintain clean, healthy water for their citizens, and local governments construct, operate, and maintain between 95-98 percent of the country’s water infrastructure networks.

SCI has partnered with the WaterNow Alliance to build a network of local elected officials with decision-making authority over their municipal water utilities. Together, we’re promoting innovative practices that accelerate green infrastructure, encourage greater urban water efficiency, and promote watershed health.

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