Author: Cooper Martin

Journeying to Jerusalem: Examining the Benefits Urban Agriculture Can Bring to Your City

This is a guest post by Allison Paisner. How can local leaders create a community-building activity that helps citizens make healthy food choices and get outside more? Gardens may be the ideal answer. While you may not have immediately jumped to the same conclusion, consider that gardens are a valuable resource, providing a good source

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LED Street Lights: Energy Savings Likely to Outweigh Initial Costs for These Three Cities

LED streetlights, such as those found on the Lowry Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis, Minn., can provide better visibility while reducing emissions and cutting cities’ energy bills by more than 60%. (Joe Ferrer/Getty Images) Nearly every boulevard, avenue, road or side street in America is lined with opportunities to reduce energy consumption and save important municipal

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Managing Municipal Risk In The Face Of Climate Change

The 2014 NLC Congress of Cities in Austin, TX was a fantastic opportunity to learn and share information related to sustainability, but not all NLC members and partners were able to attend. Through the end of the year, the Sustainable Cities Institute will highlight the tools and resources that were presented at some of the key

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Cities Make Sustainability the New Business-as-Usual

Mayors from cities large and small increasingly recognize that the business of local government cannot be separated from environmental issues. Ralph Becker, Mayor, Salt Lake City (pictured), dedicated over 80% of his State of the City address to environmental issues. In June 2013, President Obama released the first federal Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon emissions

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To Thrive in the 21st Century, America Must Be a Nation of Resilient Cities

One of the key priorities for the Resilient Communities for America campaign (RC4A) has been to urge federal leaders to support local resilience through meaningful policy changes. As we reflect on the first year of this campaign it is clear that our message, which has been endorsed by nearly 200 local leaders, is being heard.

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