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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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Recent

  • Press Release

by Carolyn Berndt 

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework (Framework) to help local governments meet Clean Water Act (CWA) water…

  • CitiesSpeak

NLC delegates tour IBA

After a full week of traveling, touring, meetings, and presentations we reach the end of NLC’s International Sustainability Exchange. We began our day with a meeting at the Ministry of Urban Development and…

  • CitiesSpeak

On day three of the NLC delegation’s tour of Europe, we arrived in Hamburg, Germany, the European Green Capital in 2011. Hamburg is a beautiful and bustling city that is home to the second largest port in Europe and is a center of…

  • CitiesSpeak

NLC’s delegation to Sweden and Germany kicked off the first day of the trip with a breakfast meeting with Ambassador Brzezinski, the U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, and representatives from U.S. businesses with a presence in Sweden.  In his…

  • CitiesSpeak

“Do you eat food?” This was the question posed by Jim Embry, Director of the Lexington Sustainable Communities Network and local foods “jedi” (according to those in the local ‘food-know’) at the beginning of the Fourth Annual Local Foods Summit…

  • Press Release

by Tammy Zborel

NLC's Sustainability Program is proud to officially announce and welcome the Sustainable Cities Institute (SCI) to the Center for Research and Innovation. Announced last fall, and celebrated throughout the 2011…

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SCI Logo
  • Press Release

The City Showcase exhibition, held annually at NLC's Congress of Cities and Exposition, shines a spotlight on some of the most successful and creative programs from cities and towns across the country. City Showcase winners host display booths at…

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CG Trolley
  • News Announcement

by Carolyn Berndt

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently launched two tools to help local governments make policy decisions pertaining to greenhouse gas reduction, particularly through energy efficiency and renewable…

  • News Announcement

For many municipalities, electricity usage is the primary source of their greenhouse gas emissions. To dramatically reduce these emissions and fight climate change, a growing number of cities are switching to green power. Since 2001, the…

  • CitiesSpeak

Sustainability. Cities are talking about it, many are doing it, public is demanding it, businesses are embracing it, even the federal government is taking steps to support and incorporate it into and across their agencies. And while “it” has been…