Category: energy & sustainability

Meet Evanston: a Mid-Sized Climate Powerhouse

Picture the scene: Approximately one thousand ten-year-olds packed into an expansive field house, explaining to their parents, teachers and other guests what worsening climate impacts will feel like in Evanston, Illinois, and how their ideas or products could help mitigate these effects. The crowd convened at Evanston Township High School (notably, the country’s largest high school

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How Sustainability is Changing Regional Cooperation

Mayors in towns large and small recognize the power of collaboration — the strength in numbers. In my last blog post, we discussed the Greenest Region Compact (GRC), which featured 115 municipalities and 10 councils of government in Northeast Illinois as signatories at last count. It is the largest regional collaboration on sustainability in the United

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You Can’t Meet Energy and Climate Goals Without Building Efficiency

This is guest post by Bill Fay, Coalition Director, Energy Efficient Codes Coalition There is no national policy issue that is as largely in cities’ hands to develop as writing building energy codes. With little effort and no expenditure of public funds, cities, towns and villages can help write the nation’s building energy code. All

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How Northeastern Illinois Aims To Become the Greenest Region

Solar power development is skyrocketing in Northeastern Illinois, communities are gaining new sustainability coordinators, and mayors are taking a literal seat at the table in global environmental conferences. It’s all fueled by the nation’s largest regional collaboration on sustainability called the Greenest Region Compact (GRC). With 115 municipalities and 10 councils of government as signatories, and

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Local Leaders Will be Our Climate Change Heroes

As another Earth Day approaches, I feel the need to make a confession related to something I heard at a climate conference two years ago. The speaker (who will remain anonymous), exclaimed to the jam-packed and dumbfounded room, “Folks, somehow, I am able to hold two totally contradictory ideas in my head at once: ONE

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Four Observations on the Future of Mobility

Last week, local leaders from all over the country traveled to Washington, D.C., to advocate for stronger federal partnerships on issues important to their communities. And for the second year in a row, NLC’s top legislative priority is legislation that helps rebuild and reimagine our nation’s infrastructure. Although our advocacy focus has not changed, the

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Electric School Buses Make for a Safer Ride for Kids

This is a guest post by Matt Casale, transportation campaign director with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. What do parents want when they put their kids on a school bus? Yes they want their kids to get to school on time, they want them to get along with the other kids or get more

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Making Shared Scooters and Bikes Successful in Your City

This is a guest post by Rachel Zack, Policy Strategist at Remix. Since Remix was founded, one of the most important questions we’ve asked is: “What problems can we help solve?” Answers to that question have always come from close communication with cities and transit agencies, helping us understand the complex challenges across transportation. We focused on

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Keeping the Holidays Fire Free

Every holiday season, municipal fire departments across the country respond to an average of 200 fires that start with a Christmas tree. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 30 percent of all home fires and 38 percent of home fire deaths occur during the months of December, January and February. While

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Ten Tips for Going Zero Waste

This is an excerpt from NLC’s new recycling guide, Recycling Reimagined. The health of our citizens and the safety of our environment depend on sustainable waste management systems. Cities should feel empowered to improve diversion rates and reduce waste. Examining your waste and recycling system can jumpstart local circular economies. A linear economy’s model is

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