Author: NLC Guest Writer

Coronavirus Communication: Make Your Messages Hit Home

Listen to a recording of NLC’s Webinar: COVID-19 Crisis Communication “It’s not what you say in a crisis. It’s what you do.” That principle guides my thinking about crisis decision making. It’s why I try to take my classes into the pressure-packed confines of board rooms to see what happens when threatening events rob organizations

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Integrated Planning Offers A Better Way to Comply With the Clean Water Act

Last January, President Trump signed bipartisan legislation to benefit cities, towns, and villages with municipal storm sewer systems (MS4s) and publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). The Water Infrastructure Improvement Act codifies the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) integrated planning framework in the Clean Water Act (CWA). The legislation is short – just 6 pages –

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Three Important Takeaways from Silicon Valley

Serving as municipal leaders, our work is ever constant and dynamic. We work tirelessly to respond to constituent needs by developing policy, managing land use, setting direction, negotiating contracts, balancing budgets, and working with various stakeholders. And the work can be quite detailed!   Opportunities like the recent Silicon Valley Future of Cities event, hosted by

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How Indiana Borough is Building a Sustainable Future

Western Pennsylvania, home to coal mines and natural gas wells, might not be the first place you think of when picturing a clean energy transition, but Indiana Borough, Pennsylvania wants to change your preconceptions. It’s one of many smaller communities across the country that are embracing sustainability and renewable energy as a way towards the

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Get Your City Cyber Ready with CISA’s Cyber Essentials

In November of last year, leaders from across the country met in San Antonio for the National League of Cities’ City Summit to learn from one another and exchange ideas on the issues affecting their cities. Of those issues, cybersecurity was one of the biggest on leaders’ minds. It is not difficult to understand why:

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Legal Considerations for Carbon Mitigation by Cities

The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law seeks to partner with cities to understand the legal challenges facing cities in crafting and adopting climate-friendly laws and policies. U.S. cities, towns, villages and counties are increasingly taking the lead on climate mitigation. Dozens of U.S. cities have set greenhouse gas mitigation targets, more than 400 U.S. mayors

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Ensuring Children Get Healthy Meals After School

The Food Research & Action Center’s (FRAC) new report, Afterschool Suppers: A Snapshot of Participation, found that 1.3 million children were served afterschool suppers in October 2018, a 10.4 percent increase from October 2017. Unfortunately, the program still falls short of the need. Nationally, only 1 child received an afterschool supper for every 16 children

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Regreening Cities: Strategies to Build Resilience and Community

By Laura Huffman, regional director of The Nature Conservancy in Texas Cities are on the front lines of climate change and have committed to meeting the goals of the Paris climate agreement even as the Trump Administration has declared its intentions to withdraw. The administration is now finalizing that decision, and while disappointing, it also underscores the

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5 Steps Your City Can Take to Boost Building Energy Efficiency by 10%

The year-long process to develop the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code culminates with cities’ online vote beginning November 18. In just a few days, cities across the country have a golden opportunity to boost the efficiency of America’s Model Building Energy Code (the International Energy Conservation Code, or IECC) by at least 10%. Buildings are

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Why E-Book Access Matters

As digital technologies become more integrated into how people learn, work and interact, ensuring equal access to e-books is more important than ever. And yet, major publishers have changed the rules on e-book access for public libraries through highly restrictive new pricing and lending practices. Notably, Macmillan Publishers launched a new policy this month that

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