City buildings with trees
City buildings with trees

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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  • Research Report

Bringing Nutritious, Affordable Food to Underserved Communities: A Snapshot of Healthy Corner Store Initiatives in the United States.

For many Americans, buying fresh fruits and vegetables is as simple as walking a few blocks to the…

  • Research Report

For many Americans, buying fresh fruits and vegetables is as simple as walking a few blocks to the neighborhood grocery store or getting in the car and driving a short distance to the supermarket. There are many, mostly low-income people however…

  • Case Studies & Practices

Comprehensive community planning represents the most effective tool available for the implementation of a green infrastructure network. Requirements for community comprehensive plans vary from state to state, and certain regions within states,…

  • Research Report

A Complete Streets approach redefines what a street is intended to do, what goals a transportation agency is going to meet, and how the community will spend its transportation money. It breaks down the traditional separation of 'highways,' '…

Green City Center
Green City Center
  • Research Report

This case study describes the City of Santa Monica's efforts to identify and to purchase products and services that minimize the negative impacts on the environment and human health. It provides an overview of Santa Monica's environmental…

  • Research Report

Foreword

T he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes that environmentally preferable purchasing is a dynamic concept that, depending on the product category, will not necessarily be implemented in the same manner within an…

  • Case Studies & Practices

Benchmarking is the process of comparing inputs, processes, or outputs within or between organizations, often to motivate performance improvement. Benchmarking typically measures performance using an indicator per common…

  • Press Release

WASHINGTON — February 17, 2017 — Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment of Scott Pruitt as the 14th administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a 52 to 46 vote. The National League of Cities (NLC) congratulates…

Washington, DC
Washington, DC
  • Webinar

Join us to learn about two great opportunities to grow local solar markets and which is right for your community.

Solar in Your Community Challenge:

The Solar in Your Community Challenge is a $5 million prize competition sponsored…

Solar array in Portland, Oregon
Solar array in Portland, Oregon
  • CitiesSpeak

“[An overhaul of the EPA] is not something that can nor will happen overnight, but I think we know that it is something the new administration is interested in.” 

Every week leading up to the 2017 Congressional…

photo - Meet Your City Energy and Environment Advocate
photo - Meet Your City Energy and Environment Advocate