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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

Mayors from cities large and small increasingly recognize that the business of local government cannot be separated from environmental issues.

In June 2013, President Obama released the first federal Climate Action Plan to reduce…

Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
  • CitiesSpeak

Has your city even been involved in Superfund litigation either as a plaintiff or a defendant?  Or may your city be involved in such a case in the future?  If so, the Supreme Court decided a case that in some states will shorten the…

Supreme Court
Supreme Court
  • CitiesSpeak

This is a guest post by Hilari Varnadore, Executive Director of STAR Communities.

Last week, STAR Communities announced that Northampton, Massachusetts is the first city in the United States to be awarded the 5-STAR Community Rating, STAR'…

North Hampton
North Hampton
  • Press Release

Des Moines, Iowa - Members of President Obama's State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience convened earlier today in Des Moines, Iowa, where they received a report of federal policy recommendations from a…

Press Release
Press Release
  • CitiesSpeak

This is a guest post written by Steve Creech, Executive Director of the Wyland Foundation.

With cities across the United States facing water scarcity, five U.S. cities were honored today for the commitment of their residents to making…

Bridge
Bridge
  • CitiesSpeak

This is the second blog in a series on why the key to protecting our environment lies in city innovation.

It’s no accident that “energy” is one of the main components of city sustainability plans. If we drilled down, much of these…

Word cloud
Word cloud
  • CitiesSpeak

This is the first blog in a series on why the key to protecting our environment lies in city innovation. 

I grew up feeling a lot of guilt on Earth Day. When April 22 of every year came around, I felt a huge pile of bricks dropped on…

earth day
earth day
  • CitiesSpeak

This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) met in Washington, DC to discuss local perspectives on climate, water, resiliency and environmental justice with Administration…

meeting
meeting
  • CitiesSpeak

This post was written by Steve Creech, Executive Director of the Wyland Foundation.

In 2013, Mayor…

  • Press Release

Washington, D.C. - The National League of Cities' (NLC) Sustainable Cities Institute today launched a new website to provide information, tools and resources to local governments and sustainability professionals who want to pursue sustainability…

Press Release
Press Release