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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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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…

wetlands
wetlands
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Senator Jim Inhofe explains why he is committed to addressing the infrastructure needs of the nation with the Water Resources Development Act of 2016.

 

Wastewater treatment facilities like the one pictured here are a…

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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. With Infrastructure Week just around the corner, this week's talk…

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Local governments in the rust belt are working to socially integrate immigrants in order to promote local development. Here's how they're achieving success.

This is a guest post co-authored by Professor Felipe Filomeno and undergraduate…

Baltimore
Baltimore
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SolSmart offers cities no-cost technical assistance to improve access and affordability of local solar projects. Launched on April 27 by the Sustainable Cities Institute at the National League of Cities and a team of organizations, the new…

Solar
Solar
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The summit featured mayors, public and private sector leaders, journalists, academics, students and entrepreneurs discussing the stories, innovations and people who will transform our cities in the coming decades.

 

"Whether…

news
news
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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. In honor of Earth Day on April 22, this week's featured talk…

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With more than half the world's population now living in cities (a figure that is projected to increase), the important role cities and their residents play in taking care of the environment cannot be understated.

Each year, Earth Day (…

soil
soil
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NLC's Sustainable Cities Institute has partnered with The Solar Foundation to provide national recognition and no-cost technical support for local governments to promote solar energy.

This is a guest post by Phillip Haddix.

The…

Solar panels
Solar panels
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Two factors could give us a better sense of how Judge Merrick Garland may view the interests of state and local government in cases: his state and local government experience, and his previous decisions.

If this were not an election year,…

Supreme Court
Supreme Court