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  • CitiesSpeak

Philosopher George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” When it comes to planning and action around climate change, though, we need to flip his advice: If we wish to avoid repeating the past, we…

Flooding
Flooding
  • Feature Article

If there were any doubts about the central role of local decision makers in ensuring sustainable communities and resilient water infrastructure, Irma and Harvey have put them to rest. Many have observed that water — even more than rising…

Water
Water
  • CitiesSpeak

Three historic hurricanes. Wildfires in the West. Increased frequency nuisance flooding and heavy rainfall. As extreme weather continues to dominate the headlines, in 2017 what can city leaders do to protect their communities?

Last week,…

Wildfires
Wildfires
  • CitiesSpeak

This week, the catastrophic flooding and winds of Hurricane Harvey impacted millions of Americans across Texas and Louisiana. But while the storm’s effects were vast, much of the greatest damage was averted by the swift actions of local leaders,…

Rescuers in Houston, Texas.
Rescuers in Houston, Texas.
  • 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
  • Press Release

WASHINGTON — June 1, 2017 — Today, America’s city leaders issued a strong condemnation of President Donald J. Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The agreement, which was supported by the…

Wyoming Coal Plant
Wyoming Coal Plant
  • Issue Briefing

Today, cities across the nation are grappling with significant water challenges from aging infrastructure and poor water quality, to water scarcity or flooding. Not only do these challenges impact public health and quality of life, but they also…

Water tap
Water tap
  • CitiesSpeak

As part of NLC’s Leadership in Community Resilience Program, the city of West Palm Beach, Florida, conducted a STAR Communities workshop aimed at identifying and prioritizing actions to promote a healthy environment, a…

photo - Beyond Buzzwords: How West Palm Beach Is Creating a Lasting Resiliency Strategy
photo - Beyond Buzzwords: How West Palm Beach Is Creating a Lasting Resiliency Strategy

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – April 4, 2017 – The Rose Center for Public Leadership, jointly operated by the National League of…

Downtown Anchorage
Downtown Anchorage