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Green Works for Climate Resilience: A Community Guide to Climate Planning

by christinaashtary May 28, 2014

Cities are on the frontlines of climate change impacts, such as sea-level rise, drought, and extreme weather. Along the United States coasts, communities are lining their shorelines with grasses, boulders, oyster reefs, and sand dunes. What sound like the components of an extravagant sandcastle are actually the key features of a living shoreline – a coastal resilience technique that uses natural and structural features to control coastal erosion and protect water quality.

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Network of Mayors and Local Elected Officials Provide Policy Recommendations for White House Climate Efforts

by christinaashtary May 13, 2014

DES MOINES, IA – May 14, 2014 – Members of President Obama’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience convened earlier today in Des Moines, IA, where they received a report of federal policy recommendations from a network of 170+ mayors and local officials.

The report calls for modernizing federal emergency management and infrastructure programs to help communities better prepare for extreme weather and other climate change impacts. The findings were shared by the Resilient Communities for America Campaign - a nationwide effort led by local elected officials.  The effort combined both survey and workshop feedback from local leaders in the ICLEI USA and National League of Cities (NLC) networks as well as signatories of the Resilient Communities for America Campaign.

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STAR Community Leadership Program - Applications Now Open

by ShaneDowning May 04, 2014


Due to widespread interest, STAR Communities is launching another round of its popular Leadership STAR Community Program in September 2014.  Selected communities will receive extensive support from STAR Communities staff and learn from one another as they pursue certification in the nation's first comprehensive rating system for measuring city and county sustainability.

Applications are due May 30, 2014.  Read on to find out more about the program, scholarships, and how to get more information.

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Second Nature Partners with the RC4A Campaign to Strengthen College Leadership in Resilience

by christinaashtary May 04, 2014

A new partnership has been announced today between ICLEI's Resilient Communities for America (RC4A) campaign and Second Nature, a national nonprofit that works to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society by transforming higher education.

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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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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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