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Apply to Receive $20,000 Worth of Support to Launch a Green Business Challenge in Your Community

by christinaashtary Jan 07, 2014



ICLEI USA-Local Governments for Sustainability and national program sponsor Office Depot are excited to announce an expanded opportunity to support four additional local governments with $20,000 to create or enhance their Green Business Challenge, a model for local governments and NGOs to engage businesses in a friendly competition to implement activities that increase business operational efficiency while contributing to community sustainability goals.

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Win $5 MM for your County or City through the Georgetown University Energy Prize

by christinaashtary Oct 07, 2013

What if communities across the country came together, in the spirit of friendly competition, to significantly raise the bar on energy efficiency?

That’s where the Georgetown University Energy Prize comes in. This multi-year, $5 million prize was born of a mission to tap the imagination, creativity, and spirit of competition between communities across the country to develop sustainable energy-saving innovations.
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July 2013 – New Funding Available for Local Governments

by christinaashtary Jul 15, 2013

Nearly $132 million of funding is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Energy (DOE), Economic Development Administration (EDA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Corporation for National and Community Service that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including energy efficiency and sustainable planning. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below. In addition, please visit the calendar of 2013 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

In addition, please visit the calendar of 2013 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.
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Tell Us: How Do You Fund Your Sustainability Staff?

by Don Knapp Feb 27, 2011

Money Sign Puzzle

ICLEI is compiling a fact sheet and we need your help. Can you take a moment to tell us how your local government funds staffing and operations for your sustainability and climate initiatives? From the general fund? EECBG? Special fees or taxes? Energy savings? Do you have a dedicated sustainability office, or is the work performed by your planning or public works departments?

We're putting together a list with local government examples from across the country. In these budget-challenged times, ICLEI wants to help local government staff share their funding approaches, whether typical or innovative. (Watch for the fact sheet in an upcoming issue of the ICLEI Connection e-newsletter.)

You need only write a few sentences about your funding approach (see submission form for an example), and if you wish to remain anonymous, we will list you as "a local government in the Midwest" for example, rather than your formal name. Thanks in advance for contributing to the ICLEI Network!

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The President’s 2012 Budget, Local Governments, and Sustainability

by Art von Lehe, Senior Policy Officer Feb 14, 2011

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The President released his budget proposal to Congress today for FY2012. While today’s proposal will undoubtedly go through many changes given the recent shifts in power in Washington, the announcement provided insight into his priorities for energy, the environment, land use, transportation, and infrastructure.

Of interest to local governments advancing sustainability:

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Apply for EPA’s Sustainable Communities Technical Assistance

by Don Knapp Feb 12, 2011

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EPA is offering quick, targeted technical assistance to help 20 communities jump-start their sustainability efforts. But if you want it, you’ve also got to be quick: Apply by Feb. 23 to participate in the Sustainable Communities Building Blocks program.

EPA logoEPA will provide tools to help selected local and tribal governments to “implement development approaches that protect the environment, improve public health, create jobs, expand economic opportunity, and improve overall quality of life.”

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Remember, whether or not you are selected for the Building Blocks program, your local government can access advanced sustainability planning resources from ICLEI. Below are just a few offerings to help you develop sustainability solutions that can benefit your community for decades to come.

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Economic Development and Sustainability Resources

by Art Von Lehe, ICLEI Senior Policy Officer Nov 21, 2010

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New York City, NY. Photo credit: mgarbowski on Flickr.

Did you miss ICLEI’s two-part webinar series, Clean Energy and Sustainability as a Local Economic Development Strategy? Watch the recordings or download the PowerPoint slides, filled with key insights for local governments.

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DOT and HUD Announce Winners of $640 Million in Grants

by Art von Lehe, Senior Policy Officer Oct 19, 2010

Money Sign Puzzle

Today, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the winning projects that will receive $600 million in TIGER II Awards, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and DOT announced which communities and regions will receive $68 million in awards: $40 million for HUD’s Sustainable Communities Challenge Grants and $28 million as a portion of DOT’s TIGER II Planning Grants.

DOT Tiger II Grants - $600 Million

Today, DOT announced that 42 capital construction projects and 33 planning projects in 40 states will share nearly $600 million from the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) II program for major infrastructure projects including highways and bridges to transit, rail and ports.

ICLEI USA members are among the awardees. The level of interest in these grants was tremendous, as DOT received applications totaling $19 billion. Twenty nine percent of the $600 million in awards will go to road projects, 26% to transit, 20% to rail, 16% to ports, 4% to bicycle and pedestrian projects and 5% to planning projects.  More than $140 million was reserved for projects in rural areas.

One example of a projects funded is ICLEI USA member Atlanta, GA, host of ICLEI USA’s Southeastern Regional Office. The City of Atlanta will receive  $47.6 million to construct a new streetcar line connecting many of the most important downtown residential, cultural, educational and historic centers.

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HUD Awards $100M in Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants

by Art von Lehe, ICLEI USA Senior Policy Officer Oct 13, 2010

Money Sign Puzzle

The long-awaited announcement from HUD is finally out: HUD has designated the 45 regional areas that will receive funding from the $100M Sustainable Communities Planning Grants Program – and ICLEI USA members are among the winners. The grants will be used to help create more livable and sustainable communities: "to build economic competitiveness by connecting housing with good jobs, quality schools and transportation," according to HUD's press release.

HUD logoThese grants will support metropolitan and multi-jurisdictional planning efforts that incorporate housing, land use, economic development, transportation and infrastructure. The awards will be awarded as such: $25.6 million split evenly between regions with populations less than 500,000 and rural places (fewer than 200,000 people). HUD is reserving $2 million to help all of these areas build the needed capacity to execute their plans.

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The awards are divided into two different categories:

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HUD Sustainable Communities Update as Deadline Approaches

by Art von Lehe, Policy Officer Aug 01, 2010

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This is an update on the HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning NOFA. On August 23, 2010 the application window will close and the review process will get underway. Read on for timely updates and new resources to access as that deadline approaches -- including an updated FAQ on the HUD website, and a new webinar on data and geography needs for the Sustainable Communities program.

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