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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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How Can the Federal Government Support Local Climate Resiliency Leadership? ICLEI USA is Showing the Way

by Salud Carbajal Supervisor, Santa Barbara County ICLEI Board Member & Resilient Communities for America Campaign Inaugural Signatory Dec 11, 2013

On Tuesday morning as a looming snowstorm threatened the nation’s capital and kept thousands of federal government workers at home, I along with 26 leaders from U.S. state, local, and tribal government headed to the White House to convene meetings with Obama administration officials on U.S. climate resiliency. The irony of a snow day shutting down most federal agencies during the kickoff meeting for the White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience was a clear reminder of how important it is to be prepared,  especially when  weather challenges are becoming more extreme.

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Brown Administration Releases Draft Safeguarding California Plan to Ready State for Impacts of a Changing Climate

by christinaashtary Dec 10, 2013


Brown Administration Releases Draft Safeguarding California Plan to Ready State for Impacts of a Changing Climate Extreme Heat, Sea Level Rise, Other Effects Hit Public Health, Power Grids, Water Delivery - Key Actions Save Lives Now, Property Later

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Eight ICLEI USA Members To Receive Millions from Rockefeller Foundation to Support their Climate Resiliency Leadership; 33 Global Cities Picked for Climate Action Awards

by christinaashtary Dec 02, 2013

ICLEI-USA is proud to congratulate eight ICLEI USA member cities and Resilient Communities for America Signatories on their success in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities challenge: Alameda, CA; Berkeley, CA; El Paso, TX; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; New Orleans; Norfolk, VA; and Oakland, CA.

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Senior White House Officials Celebrate 100+ RC4A Signatories

by christinaashtary Nov 19, 2013



St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman Calls on Local Leaders to Collaborate in Preparing for Climate Change Impacts and Reducing CO2 Emissions as Superstorm Typhoons and Tornadoes Wreak Global Havoc

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Cities and Local Communities are Increasing their Renewable Energy Through CCA

by Shawn Marshall, LEAN Energy Executive Director Nov 06, 2013

By Shawn Marshall, LEAN Energy US

Have you heard about a local energy solution called Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)? Currently enabled in six states – CA, IL, OH, NJ, RI, and MA – CCA leverages the market power of group purchasing, consumer energy choice, and local decision-making. It enables local governments to buy and/or develop power on behalf of their residents, businesses and municipal facilities. CCA creates a functional partnership between municipalities and existing utilities. It has the proven ability to lower electricity rates, rapidly green the grid, and slash greenhouse gas emissions.

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ICLEI Board Members and Resilient Communities for America Campaign Chair Appointed to White House Task Force on Climate Change

by Christina Ashtary Nov 02, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        NOVEMBER 3, 2013


ICLEI USA is proud to announce the appointment of local elected officials and ICLEI board members Salud Carbajal (Santa Barbara County, CA), Frank Cownie, (Des Moines, IA), Michael Nutter (Philadelphia, PA), and Kristin Jacobs (Broward County, FL) as well as its Resilient Communities for America Campaign Chair Kevin Johnson (Sacramento, CA) to the White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.

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California Regional Leaders Discuss how Climate Adaptation Should be Governed

by Melissa Higbee, Climate Program Officer Oct 28, 2013









*Image of the Seal of California

On October 24, California’s Little Hoover Commission convened a group of regional government, non-profit and foundation leaders to discuss how climate adaptation should be governed in the state.

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In Absence of Federal Government, the City of Irvine Steps In for the U.S. Dept. of Energy Solar Decathlon

by christinaashtary Oct 09, 2013

Despite a week of government shutdowns, the 6th U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon kicked off last Thursday in the City of Irvine, Calif., replacing its typical home on the Washington, D.C. National Mall and attracting over 25,000 visitors in one weekend.

Holding the Decathlon outside of Washington could not have come at a more controversial time: while current government shutdowns have left the U.S. Department of Energy immobile, the City of Irvine carried the mantle of clean energy leadership forward as the first host of the Decathlon and XPO Solar exhibit outside of the District of Columbia.

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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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