Category: climate

NLC Announces Third Annual City Challenge for Solar Energy

More local solar energy development means cleaner air, increased resiliency, and more well-paying jobs in cities across the country. That’s why we’re launching our third-annual SolSmart City Challenge, a national competition for cities to showcase their support for solar energy, starting this week. The prizes for the two winners of the SolSmart City Challenge include: “Techno-economic

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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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200 Local Governments Recognized as Solar Leaders by SolSmart

On May 1, Lee’s Summit, Missouri became the 200th local government to embrace clean, renewable solar energy by achieving SolSmart Gold designation. Launched two years ago in April 2016, SolSmart is a national designation and technical assistance program funded by the US Department of Energy that promotes the use of best practices by local governments

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Young and Thriving, North Port, Florida Seeks a Better Backbone

This blog post is part of a series on rebuilding and reimagining America’s infrastructure for NLC’s Rebuild With Us campaign.  The City of North Port is a young and thriving community in southwest Florida. It’s also one of Florida’s largest cities by area — covering over 105 square miles. Incredibly, the city is only 30% developed right

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Eleven Cities Join Cities Connecting Children to Nature Initiative

Regular access to nature brings multiple benefits to children, including improved mental and physical health and increased opportunities for social and emotional learning. With these benefits in mind, Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN), a joint initiative of the National League of Cities and Children & Nature Network, welcomes 11 new cities to mobilize municipal

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Cities Partner with NREL to Forge Pathways from Energy Data to Decision Making

This is a guest post by Megan Day, AICP, Project Leader at the National Renewable Energy Lab. It was originally published on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) Blog for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) and State and Local Energy Data (SLED) projects. Cities are increasingly interested

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The Future of Equity in Cities

Cities are shaping the story of America. The success we have seen in our nation’s cities is clear, but the future of our urban places will be defined by how we work together — to lift all members of our communities in the future. Great places don’t rise from a blank slate — they use

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Wildfires Are A Community Design Problem

This is a guest post by Mayor John Suthers of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Yucel Ors of the National League of Cities. Every mayor or city manager has read an article or watched a news clip focused on a community ravaged by wildfire. Many have even witnessed firsthand the economic, environmental, and social implications that

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In Providence, Fighting Climate Change Starts With Racial Equity

Last week, NLC’s Shafaq Choudtry talked with Leah Bamberger and Monica Huertas of Providence, Rhode Island, to discuss how the city is proactively working with communities of color as a key strategy in combating the impacts of climate change. The city is one of the participants in NLC’s Leadership in Community Resilience Program. Leah Bamberger

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A “One Water” Future for America’s Cities

This is a guest post from Cynthia Koehler, Executive Director of the WaterNow Alliance and a session leader at City Summit 2017. If there were any doubts about the central role of local decision makers in ensuring sustainable communities and resilient water infrastructure, Irma and Harvey have put them to rest. Many have observed that water

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