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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

This is a guest post written by Steve Creech, Executive Director of the Wyland Foundation.

With cities across the United States facing water scarcity, five U.S. cities were honored today for the commitment of their residents to making…

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Bridge
  • CitiesSpeak

This is the second blog in a series on why the key to protecting our environment lies in city innovation.

It’s no accident that “energy” is one of the main components of city sustainability plans. If we drilled down, much of these…

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Word cloud
  • CitiesSpeak

This is the first blog in a series on why the key to protecting our environment lies in city innovation. 

I grew up feeling a lot of guilt on Earth Day. When April 22 of every year came around, I felt a huge pile of bricks dropped on…

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earth day
  • CitiesSpeak

This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) met in Washington, DC to discuss local perspectives on climate, water, resiliency and environmental justice with Administration…

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meeting
  • CitiesSpeak

This post was written by Steve Creech, Executive Director of the Wyland Foundation.

In 2013, Mayor…

  • Press Release

Washington, D.C. - The National League of Cities' (NLC) Sustainable Cities Institute today launched a new website to provide information, tools and resources to local governments and sustainability professionals who want to pursue sustainability…

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Press Release
  • Press Release

Short- and long-term climate impacts are having direct economic, social and environmental consequences on communities of all sizes.  From immediate and costly devastation caused by hurricanes, floods and wildfires to the longer term effects of…

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Press Release
  • Press Release

Last week, as part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, President Obama established a State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to develop recommendations on how the federal government can better support…

Press Release
Press Release
  • CitiesSpeak

Drive just thirty miles west of Pinecrest, Florida - a beautiful, cozy village neighboring Miami - and you are engulfed in a dramatically different landscape.  You look around, taking in the dense, semi-tropical air and the mysteriousness of…

  • Press Release

Recent extreme weather events, such as the recent flooding in Boulder, have brought renewed attention to the need for cities to anticipate, prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change. 

 

How local governments can take…

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Press Release