Author: Cooper Martin

How Local Leaders Can Build Momentum on Climate Solutions

In America, most local leaders don’t run for city council, county commissioner, or mayor solely to solve climate change. But its challenges are now present in our communities — along with opportunities to solve them. Despite lingering disagreement about the causes of climate change, its impacts have reached cities and towns across America. That is

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Green Design Isn’t Just a Luxury. It Could Save Cities Billions.

In American cities, green design is having a moment. Solar panels, porous pavement, and green roofs are all catching on as ways for developers to reduce environmental impacts of buildings. But what happens when these features and other smart surface design elements are deployed throughout a neighborhood, or even an entire city? A new report

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Confronting Climate Change at City Summit 2017

Whether you’re a newly elected official or a seasoned public servant, the Sustainable Cities Institute (SCI), a National League of Cities program, provides local leaders innovative ideas and personal connections necessary to address challenges related to local energy policy, environmental quality, utility management, and climate-related disasters. This year at City Summit in Charlotte, several sessions

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Beyond Buzzwords: How West Palm Beach Is Creating a Lasting Resiliency Strategy

As part of NLC’s Leadership in Community Resilience Program, the city of West Palm Beach, Florida, conducted a STAR Communities workshop aimed at identifying and prioritizing actions to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy and the well-being of the people living in the community. This post was co-authored by Cooper Martin and Lacey Shaver.

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On the Road to a More Resilient America, Cities Will Lead

“As mayors, we are all first responders. A smart resilience strategy can mitigate impacts and speed recovery time in the event that our buildings and infrastructure are compromised – making our cities safer for our residents and for long-term investment and growth.” – Mayor Dawn Zimmer The air was crisp in Santa Fe, New Mexico,

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Celebrating Sustainable Suds on National American Beer Day

Some of the most successful breweries in the hugely competitive beer industry have pursued extremely aggressive programs for environmental conservation – and they’ve proven that it pays to be green. You may not have realized it, but today, in cities across the country, people are celebrating National American Beer Day. I like beer, and I’ve

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Mayors Address Energy, Environmental Issues with Greater Substance

This year’s State of the Cities analysis reflects a growing gap between leading cities and the rest of the country on issues related to energy, environment, and climate change. The last year has been monumental for anyone following environment and energy policy. A global climate change agreement was reached with a one point five degree

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New SolSmart Program Helps Cities Go Solar, Create Jobs

SolSmart offers cities no-cost technical assistance to improve access and affordability of local solar projects. Launched on April 27 by the Sustainable Cities Institute at the National League of Cities and a team of organizations, the new designation program will recognize the efforts of cities, towns, and counties to implement best practices and promote solar

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Planet Forward Summit Highlights Sustainable Future for Cities

The summit featured mayors, public and private sector leaders, journalists, academics, students and entrepreneurs discussing the stories, innovations and people who will transform our cities in the coming decades. In celebration and recognition of Earth Day 2016, National League of Cities President Melodee Colbert-Kean joined municipal officials, private sector leaders and students from around the

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3 Ways Your City Can Celebrate Earth Day on April 22

With more than half the world’s population now living in cities (a figure that is projected to increase), the important role cities and their residents play in taking care of the environment cannot be understated. Each year, Earth Day (April 22) marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. The first Earth

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