City buildings with trees
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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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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…

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Last week, President Obama announced first-ever national standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. The Clean Power Plan sets state-specific carbon emissions reduction goals, letting the states develop and implement their own plan…

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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy with members of the Local Government Advisory Committee

Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) met in Washington, D.C. to discuss key…

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WASHINGTON—Today President Obama will announce the Clean Power Plan initiative to address the threat of climate change. The following statement may be attributed to National League of Cities (NLC) President Ralph Becker, mayor, Salt Lake City,…

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Press Release
  • 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
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Becoming a successful advocate for your city means two things: getting educated on the issues that affect your residents and making your voice heard on behalf of local government.

Today, the National League of Cities is pleased to…

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  • 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