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District-Scale Sustainable Development at the 2013 EcoDistricts Summit

by christinaashtary Sep 24, 2013

On November 12-14, 2013,  the EcoDistricts Summit will promote the sustainable neighborhood development movement at their premier Boston conference. The Summit is an important event for leading city makers who are designing the urban areas of the future.

 

>>Register Here and use "ICLEISUMMIT13" to receive an ICLEI exclusive 10% discount.


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Cut Residential Energy Use with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score

by christinaashtary Sep 03, 2013

Until recently, homebuyers did not have a standardized way to evaluate a home’s energy use.  With the launch of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score,  states and local governments can now encourage homeowners and homebuyers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. By providing reliable information about home energy use, the Home Energy Score will help homeowners and point-of-sale homebuyers to better assess the energy usage for any home in the Unites States.

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Meet ICLEI's Summer 2013 Solar Outreach Partnership Interns

by christinaashtary Aug 22, 2013

Exciting news: we’ve recently been expanding our staff here at ICLEI! Under the Department of Energy-sponsored SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs),  ICLEI has hired a cohort of ten interns to compose 40+ case studies this summer.

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VACANCY: Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator

by christinaashtary Aug 20, 2013

The Local Government Commission (LGC), the Institute for Local Government (ILG) and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) (the three statewide associations) are recruiting for an individual to fill the Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator (Coordinator) position. The current Coordinator is retiring at the end of 2013.

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Shape National Energy Policy via ICC Final Action Hearings: Scholarships Available

by christinaashtary Aug 06, 2013

 

Learn how you can shape national energy policy. ICLEI is offering travel scholarships to assist local governments to attend the Final Action Hearings in Atlantic City, NJ, from October 2-10, 2013* that will decide the 2015 energy code!

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Local Governments Must Take Charge of Building Resilient Communities

by Haris Alibašić, Office of Energy and Sustainability, Director, City of Grand Rapids, Michigan Jul 29, 2013

Photo credit: ifmuth via flickr

Community-wide resiliency preparedness takes into consideration emergency preparedness, energy planning, health, and safety issues. Weather patterns are no longer predicated upon existing patterns, and the impact on regions, cities, and especially urban areas will be significant.  There have been more frequent and severe heat waves, excessive rain events and flooding, and changes in temperature and precipitation pattern impending social systems, ecosystems, and the economy. The U.S. Department of Energy reported that “at least three major climate trends are relevant to the energy sector: Increasing air and water temperatures; Decreasing water availability in some regions and seasons; Increasing intensity and frequency of storm events, flooding, and sea level rise.” (p. i). Climate change presents a whole new set of challenges when it comes to emergency planning and preparedness for municipalities.

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Funding available for CCAs through the Earth Hour City Challenge

by christinaashtary Jul 25, 2013

Under the auspices of its Earth Hour City Challenge, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) supports the work of local governments in preparing for and responding to the threat of climate change.  This year, WWF is highlighting the importance and potential of local energy aggregation in the nation's transition to a clean energy economy.

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Key Takeaways: White House Call With Local Governments

by Don Knapp Jul 16, 2013

Federal action on climate change is rolling forward, and local governments will play a key role. Yesterday more than 100 local government staff and elected officials joined a conference call with senior White House officials, who outlined how the President’s Climate Action Plan will support local governments and improve community resilience to extreme weather and climate change impacts, as well as expand federal climate mitigation efforts.

The call was hosted by the White House and coordinated by ICLEI exclusively for its member network and for signatories of the Resilient Communities for America Agreement (RC4A)—which is emerging as a key channel to strengthen local-federal collaboration on climate action. Call speakers included Michael Boots, Chief of Staff to the Council on Environmental Quality, and David Agnew, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Did you miss the call? Below are the take-home points.

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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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DOE Report Details Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather

by U.S. Department of Energy Jul 10, 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy released a new report which assesses how America’s critical energy and electricity infrastructure is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.  Historically high temperatures in recent years have been accompanied by droughts and extreme heat waves, more wildfires than usual, and several intense storms that caused power and fuel disruptions for millions of people. These trends are expected to continue, which could further impact energy systems critical to the nation’s economy.

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