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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  • Press Release

The Pope and the assembled mayors signed a Declaration of the Mayors committing to address the challenges of climate change and its impacts.

The City of Boulder was honored…

  • Press Release

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…

  • CitiesSpeak

This is a guest post by Allison Paisner.

In response to the effects of global climate change, experienced locally in the form of unprecedented drought and increasing frequency of extreme weather events, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti…

smog
smog
  • CitiesSpeak

This is a guest post by Steve Creech.

Water shortages may be one of the most dramatic headlines in the news, but cities everywhere are facing mounting challenges to the tune of nearly $1 trillion to address aging water systems, eliminate…

National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation
National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation
  • CitiesSpeak

This December, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will meet in Paris for COP-21 (the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC) in hopes of negotiating a new, international agreement on greenhouse gas…

Elected officials at the FOCUS
Elected officials at the FOCUS
  • CitiesSpeak

This is a guest post by Allison Paisner.

How can local leaders create a community-building activity that helps citizens make healthy food choices and get outside more? Gardens may be the ideal answer.

While you may not have…

Mizmor L’David Garden
Mizmor L’David Garden
  • CitiesSpeak

The consolidated cases of Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency, Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency and National Mining Association v. Environmental Protection Agency challenge a 2012 Environmental Protection…

Coal Power Plant
Coal Power Plant
  • Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- The Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the National League of Cities (NLC), which collectively represent the world's foremost real estate professionals and the nation's most distinguished municipal leaders, have signed a…

  • Press Release

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a "Report and Order" that takes steps to increase broadband deployment. Prior to the order, the FCC sought input on Section 6409(a) of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation…

  • Press Release

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a series of listening sessions on the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA), which NLC supported as part of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) bill.…