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ICLEI USA and Office Depot Award Four Cities with $20,000 in Resources and Technical Support to Strengthen Green Business Practices

by ShaneDowning Apr 30, 2014

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MAY 1, 2014

ICLEI USA AND OFFICE DEPOT AWARD FOUR CITIES WITH $20,000 IN RESOURCES AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO STRENGTHEN GREEN BUSINESS PRACTICES


BOCA RATON, Fla.— ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability- USA (ICLEI), and Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, today announced $20,000 in support to each of the four winning cities of the national Green Business Challenge. The money will fund each city’s respective Green Business Challenge implementation pack and builds on a successful five year public-private partnership between ICLEI and Office Depot.

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EPA Announces New Funding Opportunities for Local Governments

by ShaneDowning Apr 21, 2014

Nearly $618 million of funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), and the Department of the Interior (DOI) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.In addition, please visit the calendar of 2014 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.


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Pima Association of Governments: Supporting Local Governments with a "ClearPath" Forward

by ShaneDowning Apr 21, 2014

 

Now, more than ever before, local governments are engaging in comprehensive plans to reduce water and energy use, increase public transit, and cut greenhouse gas emissions.  Green ambitions, however, are not enough.  Drawn by the release of ICLEI’s new emissions management software, ClearPath, the Pima Association of Governments (PAG) in Pima County, Arizona has recognized the unmatched benefits of ICLEI’s tools, resources, and technical assistance to help meet these ambitions, and joins ICLEI as our newest member this month.

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ICLEI Member Spotlight: Sustainability, According to Plan (Breckenridge, CO)

by ShaneDowning Mar 31, 2014

The Town of Breckenridge, Colorado is well-known for its scenic landscapes,  stellar ski slopes, and quaint, community centric atmosphere.  Yet from an environmental perspective, this tiny Colorado town is a prime example of how having a sustainability plan and sticking to it is essential to cutting carbon emissions, greening local businesses, and funneling energy savings back into the people who call this mountain municipality home.

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Envisioning the Next Generation of Climate Adaptation Resources

by christinaashtary Mar 25, 2014

ICLEI USA, in collaboration with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, National League of Cities, and researchers with the Kresge Foundation, has developed a survey to assess barriers and needs among local governments in advancing local resilience.  The results from the survey will be used to ensure we are providing the most relevant, timely, and usable resources to help you advance municipal climate efforts.

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ICLEI Launches Climate Pathways to Help Cities & Counties Tackle Carbon Pollution

by christinaashtary Mar 18, 2014

ICLEI USA is very excited to announce a pivotal development in local sustainability with the launch of Climate Pathways, a brand new comprehensive program of tools, trainings, technical support, and leadership recognition designed to help local governments measure and reduce GHG emissions and energy use.

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Urban Nexus: Integrated Urban Policy, Design and Management for a Resource-Efficient Future

by christinaashtary Mar 06, 2014

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability to speak at the Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate, and Energy Conference on the “Urban Nexus”, in cooperation with the German Development Cooperation (implemented by GIZ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH)

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Communicating the Connection between Climate Change and Extreme Weather: New Guidebook & Webinar

by christinaashtary Feb 24, 2014

Building support for climate adaptation and local preparedness requires that a range of individuals and groups fully understand the threat of climate extremes to their local communities. Effective communication is essential, and key insights are offered in the Climate Extremes Communications Guidebook recently released by ICLEI and World Wildlife Fund.

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Announcing the President's Task Force Policy Initiative

by christinaashtary Feb 20, 2014

Preparing for an era of more extreme weather and climate change starts at the local level.  That's why ICLEI and its partners are pleased to announce the newest component of the Resilient Communities for America Campaign: the President's Task Force Policy Initiative.

 

 

 

At the request of the members of the President’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, ICLEI is engaging its member elected officials, Resilient Communities for America Campaign Signatories, and partner networks to crowdsource policy insights that will be considered by the President's Task Force, thereby enabling the participation of a broader group of local leaders in the Administration’s climate change activities.

 

 

 

 

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Resilient Community Series: A "Well-Rounded" Plan For Environmental Sustainability in Carmel, IN

by christinaashtary Feb 18, 2014

Over the past decade, Carmel Indiana has continued to respond to global climate change – from building a city fleet of hybrid vehicles to adding electric car-charging stations; from its “Tree City” plantings to “Bike-Friendly” lanes on local roads; and from a single Energy Center feeding several buildings to a water treatment plant that uses geothermal technology and solar power. But in an “edge city” of more than 80,000 – many of whom commute daily by car – the biggest environmental success story in Carmel has more to do with “well-rounded” intersections than anything else.

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