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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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Top Local Policymakers Say Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan is Critical in Reducing Emissions and Averting the Worst Climate Impacts

NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), the…

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Cities were at center stage during the two week U.N. Conference of Parties (COP21) climate change negotiations last month, giving a sense of urgency, optimism and resolve to the high-level negotiations taking place at Le Bourget.

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WASHINGTON—The National League of Cities (NLC), in partnership with ICLEI, the U.S. Green Building Council and the World Wildlife fund, sent a delegation of 11 local elected officials to Paris to participate in the U.N. climate change…

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants for projects that will advance EPA's water quality and environmental justice goals through the Urban Waters Small Grants program.

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Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati issued a temporary nationwide stay of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's and U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's Clean Water Rule (also known as the "Waters of the U.S."…

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Stemming from a 2003 court decision, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established a timeline for updating its Phase II stormwater regulations regarding the procedures to be used for providing coverage to small municipal separate…

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Last month, President Obama took two key actions to address climate change committing to reduce carbon emissions and promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Through the first-ever national standards to reduce carbon…

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Last month, following a last-minute preliminary injunction by a North Dakota judge, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (Army Corps) controversial Clean Water Rule (also known as the "Waters…

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In ULI Fall Meeting

The Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use has selected ten public officials to receive scholarships to attend the ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco, October 5-8. The winners, all management-level, public-sector ULI…

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Local Climate Leaders Circle Brings Together More Than a Dozen Cities to Highlight Examples of Strong Climate Action

WASHINGTON - A coalition of U.S. mayors and city officials announced today that they will…