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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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Washington, D.C. -- The Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the National League of Cities (NLC), which collectively represent the world's foremost real estate professionals and the nation's most distinguished municipal leaders, have signed a…

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Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a "Report and Order" that takes steps to increase broadband deployment. Prior to the order, the FCC sought input on Section 6409(a) of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation…

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a series of listening sessions on the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA), which NLC supported as part of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) bill.…

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  • CitiesSpeak

Mayors from cities large and small increasingly recognize that the business of local government cannot be separated from environmental issues.

In June 2013, President Obama released the first federal Climate Action Plan to reduce…

Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
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Washington, D.C. - Earlier today, President Obama addressed the special U.N. climate summit about the critical need for international action to mitigate the harms of climate change and extreme weather. While international cooperation must clearly…

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Under the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which became law in June, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) is accepting proposals from local governments for feasibility studies and modifications to authorized water…

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The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held a hearing last week to discuss the impact of the U.S. Environmental Protect Agency’s (EPA) Integrated Planning Framework on cities…

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  • CitiesSpeak

Has your city even been involved in Superfund litigation either as a plaintiff or a defendant?  Or may your city be involved in such a case in the future?  If so, the Supreme Court decided a case that in some states will shorten the…

Supreme Court
Supreme Court
  • CitiesSpeak

This is a guest post by Hilari Varnadore, Executive Director of STAR Communities.

Last week, STAR Communities announced that Northampton, Massachusetts is the first city in the United States to be awarded the 5-STAR Community Rating, STAR'…

North Hampton
North Hampton
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Des Moines, Iowa - Members of President Obama's State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience convened earlier today in Des Moines, Iowa, where they received a report of federal policy recommendations from a…

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Press Release