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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

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…

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solar
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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…

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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…

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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…

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SolSmart program
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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…

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“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…

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fort collins
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The nation’s mayors are leading our country with a critical focus on the issues that matter to citizens. From sustainability and entrepreneurship to public health, mayors described their policy goals in their State of the City speeches. In our…

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  • Press Release
In press release

PORTLAND, Ore., June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National League of Cities (NLC), PolicyLink and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) are convening today in Portland, Oregon to launch the first-ever Equitable Economic…

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Implementing successful programs like this takes commitment from multiple partners as well as funding, participant recruitment, event planning, and risk management strategies.

This is a guest post by Greg Lais and Phil Ginsburg.

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In a win for local governments, the Supreme Court concluded that jurisdictional determinations issued by the Army Corps of Engineers under the Clean Water Act can be reviewed in court immediately. In some instances, this ruling will allow local…

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wetlands