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STRONG Act: Proposed Federal Legislation to Support Local Planning for Extreme Weather

by Don Knapp Dec 18, 2012

Proposed federal legislation announced today would support local planning to create more resilient communities in the face of increasing extreme weather events. The STRONG Act—Strengthening The Resilience of Our Nation on the Ground—was introduced this morning by Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). The bill has been endorsed by ICLEI USA's Policy Council of local elected officials. As this legislation develops, ICLEI will keep its local government members informed and engaged.

>> Bill Summary (pdf)

>> Section-by-Section Overview (pdf)

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Former World Leaders Sign Accord in Little Rock to Expand Climate Action Financing

by Don Knapp Dec 17, 2012

This week former heads of state, including President Bill Clinton, met in Little Rock, AR, for the Club de Madrid's annual conference, and signed a partnership intended to help direct what could amount to a major new influx of private investment toward sustainable technology and climate change solutions. ICLEI USA leadership attended the meeting and provided consultation throughout the process. North Little Rock Mayor and ICLEI USA Chair of the Board Patrick Henry Hays played a key role the event.

The Little Rock Accord is an action plan to help direct private sector finance, such as pensions, toward actions and technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote climate resilience and sustainability. The Accord formalizes a partnership between the Club de Madrid, a non-profit organization composed of more than 90 democratic former heads of state from over 60 countries, and the P80 Foundation.

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