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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  • CitiesSpeak

SolSmart Advisors are fully-funded, temporary staff who work in cities to provide intensive technical assistance to communities looking to adopt solar-friendly programs and practices.

Cities across the nation should…

Solar panels
Solar panels
  • CitiesSpeak

The data explorer tool helps communities, cities and municipalities easily visualize how many rooftops are suitable to install solar, how much power they could collectively generate, and how much carbon could be displaced by…

Google
Google
  • CitiesSpeak

Cities and towns are on the front lines when it comes to dealing with the very real effects of pollution and climate change. In this op-ed, Mayors William Peduto and Jim Kenney explain why the cities of Philadelphia and…

windpower
windpower
  • CitiesSpeak

Some of the most successful breweries in the hugely competitive beer industry have pursued extremely aggressive programs for environmental conservation – and they’ve proven that it pays to be green.

hops and grain
hops and grain
  • CitiesSpeak

Two U.S. cities have been recognized for removing barriers to solar energy and making it easier and more affordable for homes and businesses to install solar. Here’s how they achieved that recognition.

The National…

solar
solar
  • Press Release

WASHINGTON — Following the White House’s announcement that both the United States and China have formally joined the Paris Agreement, National League of Cities (NLC) CEO & Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony released the following…

  • CitiesSpeak

As part of our efforts to promote professional development among city leaders, each week we'll be featuring a new TED Talk focused on cities, community issues or local government. This week's talk focuses on inspiring, civic-minded urban forestry…

  • CitiesSpeak

Your city could win national recognition, free passes to NLC's 2016 City Summit in Pittsburgh, a speaking role at the conference, a guest blog post, and more.

NLC is excited to be part of a team administrating the SolSmart program, which…

SolSmart program
SolSmart program
  • Press Release
In press release

Creating a Culture of Shared Vision, Knowledge and Trust: New ULI Report Explores How to Build Effective Public-Private Partnerships

Posted on July 28, 2016 by Robert Krueger

For more information, contact Trish…

  • CitiesSpeak

“Our city’s leaders believe that assessing and improving resilience offers assurance to our citizens, businesses, and other stakeholders that our community will be stronger and a better place to live.”

Guided in part by a new resilience…

fort collins
fort collins