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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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Resilient Community Series: Stormwater & Floodplain Management in Fort Collins, CO

by christinaashtary Feb 13, 2014

(PICTURE: Downtown - Fort Collins, CO).

Because of its geographic location, the Fort Collins community is vulnerable to sudden, severe rainstorms that exceed the capacity of the City’s stormwater system and creates localized drainage problems throughout the community. Because of this, the City holds a long history of flood-related devastation, from a deadly flood in 1997 to recent regional flooding in fall 2013. With stormwater and floodplain management as a major priority for city leaders, the City of Fort Collins is keenly focused on the responsibility to ensure the City employs best practices in policy and planning.

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Making Economic Development & Infrastructure the Priority in Franklin County, OH.

by christinaashtary Feb 11, 2014

The majority of the residences in the flood-prone area around Whims Ditch creek in Franklin Township were developed between the 1950s-1970s, before local floodplain delineation and risk management measures were in place. As a result, residences and business are extremely susceptible to the threat of flooding during heavy rainfall.

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ICLEI Hosts Policy Exchange Between Tokyo, San Diego, and Philadelphia

by Melissa Higbee,Climate Program Officer Feb 02, 2014

PHOTO: The Delegation learned about the San Diego Airport's vulnerability to sea level rise and adaptation strategies under consideration.

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Cities: Cut Carbon Footprint via CoolCalifornia City Challenge

by christinaashtary Jan 30, 2014

$100,000 in incentive and prize money offered

SACRAMENTO -    Cities throughout California are invited to sign up now through March 30 to participate in the statewide CoolCalifornia City Challenge, a community-based competition to cut carbon emissions.

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ICLEI's 2013 Program Milestones

by christinaashtary Jan 26, 2014

As we wrap up this first month of the new year, ICLEI would like to thank you for your continued support. We've been working hard to bring you an action-packed year ahead, with new tools, resources, and partnerships already in the pipeline.

With 2013 behind us, we're proud to reflect on numerous achievements and accomplishments over the past 12 months, as well as goals and deliverables set for in 2014 outlined here.

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ICLEI Members : Participate in the 2014 Global Town Hall in Germany

by christinaashtary Jan 26, 2014

ICLEI's World Secretariat would like to cordially inviting our US member cities to join us April 7-11 for Global Town Hall @ Metropolitan Solutions 2014 in Hannover, Germany.

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Livable Cities Forum is Coming this April!

by christinaashtary Jan 21, 2014

This year's Livable Cities Forum is the first North American convening on resilient communities, bringing together local governments and other  experts from the US and Canada to share insights. Set against the backdrop of the vibrant and picturesque City of Vancouver, the Livable Cities Forum will explore how to build healthy, sustainable, and economically resilient communities.

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Los Angeles Releases Sea-Level Rise Vulnerability Study Prepared by ICLEI and USC SeaGrant

by Melissa Higbee, Climate Program Officer Jan 16, 2014

The City of Los Angeles has just released a sea level rise vulnerability assessment. This report represents a first step in adaptation planning for sea level rise in Los Angeles, presenting initial research on the potential impacts of sea level rise and associated flooding from storms. The study was conducted in partnership between the City of Los Angeles, USC Sea Grant, and a team of science and planning experts, including ICLEI USA.

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