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ICLEI's 2013 Tools, Resources, and Leadership for Local Governments

by Don Knapp Nov 29, 2012

Did you miss our webinar last week, "ICLEI's Vision to Support Resilient Cities and Counties"? Watch the recorded version, or read on for full details on the exciting new software tools, resources, and leadership initiatives ICLEI will offer in 2013 to help our local government members create safer, more prepared, and more resilient communities.

>> Watch Recorded Webinar (members only)

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ICLEI Organizes 2013 Global Town Hall in Germany

by Katrina Borromeo, ICLEI World Secretariat Nov 28, 2012

The leading global network of cities, ICLEI, and the world’s foremost trade fair company, Deutsche Messe, launched their partnership on hosting the ICLEI Global Town Hall at the Metropolitan Solutions fair on April 8-13, 2013 in Hannover, Germany. The ICLEI Global Town Hall is the world’s leading dialogue and networking event tackling urban sustainability solutions. It will bring together more than 300 Mayors, city representatives, experts and businesses worldwide.

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Improving Travel Efficiency at the Local Level

by Shruti Vaidyanathan, ACEEE Senior Transportation Analyst Nov 19, 2012

This post was originally published on the ACEEE blog.

A comprehensive approach to transportation energy efficiency must include a combination of strategies targeted at both vehicle fuel efficiency and travel behavior. While the federal government has taken the lead on fuel efficiency, local and regional policies that reduce the need for driving are also essential to achieve an efficient and sustainable transportation system.

Today ACEEE released a new local guide to help municipalities and metropolitan regions identify policies to expand transportation choices and improve transportation system efficiency. The toolkit is targeted at local policymakers and stakeholders interested in reducing transportation-related fuel consumption in their communities.

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After Sandy: ICLEI’s Vision to Support Resilient Cities and Counties

by Michael Schmitz, ICLEI USA Executive Director Nov 03, 2012

Atlantic City, NJ, during Hurricane Sandy. Photo credit: New Jersey National Guard

We’ve had a week to process the devastation from hurricane Sandy, and now the hard question emerges: Where do we go from here?

As the slow road to recovery begins, we know we must do more than rebuild our cities and neighborhoods. We must make them more resilient: better prepared and able to bounce back from extreme weather fueled by climate change, not to mention energy insecurity and economic recession. When Sandy’s path of destruction will cost at least $50 billion, can anyone argue that investments in resilience are not cost-effective and a top priority?

If you’ve been following ICLEI for the past year, you know this message well. But you also know that we deliver more than just inspiring words: We develop the technical resources local governments need to achieve their goals.


New Support From ICLEI for Local Governments

In the wake of Sandy, ICLEI is ready to step up and deliver. We have a vision and a plan for how to help cities and counties like yours become more resilient in 2013—with new climate and energy tools, new training and guidance, an innovative online knowledge network, new opportunities for local elected officials to connect and share ideas, and new ways to rally local leaders and make their voices heard to federal leaders.

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