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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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  • 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
  • Webinar

The private sector and all levels of government are embracing resilience as a holistic, proactive framework to reduce risk, improve services, adapt to changing conditions, and empower citizens. Recent high profile programs, such as the $1 billion…

  • 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
  • CitiesSpeak

More than 900 participants at the Department of Energy's 2017 Better Buildings Summit will share proven approaches to cutting energy use in their buildings over the next 10 years.

The U.S. Department of Energy (…

photo - City Leaders – Here's Why the Better Buildings Summit Should Be on Your Calendar
photo - City Leaders – Here's Why the Better Buildings Summit Should Be on Your Calendar
  • CitiesSpeak

Cuts in the administration’s budget proposal threaten funds that cities rely on to invest in water management, clean energy and revitalization efforts across the country. Here’s how these cuts could impact your city.…

photo - President’s Budget Threatens Cities' Ability to Act on Environmental & Infrastructure Issues
photo - President’s Budget Threatens Cities' Ability to Act on Environmental & Infrastructure Issues
  • CitiesSpeak

Cities can earn national recognition and prizes by showcasing their support for solar energy.

Solar energy experienced a record-setting year in 2016 as 14,762 megawatts of solar PV became operational across the U…

photo - NLC Announces 2017 SolSmart City Challenge
photo - NLC Announces 2017 SolSmart City Challenge

WASHINGTON — March 28, 2017 — Today, President Donald J. Trump signed the Energy Independence Executive Order, a measure that begins the process of undoing the Clean Power Plan, rescinds the moratorium on coal mining of federal lands and…

Coal Plant
Coal Plant
  • Research Report

Responsible for more than 70 percent of global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, cities represent the single greatest opportunity for tackling climate change. The first step for cities to realize their potential is to identify and measure…