Category: environment

House Introduces CLEAN Future Act

2020 is a benchmark year for attaining sustainability and climate goals. Last week, House Energy and Commerce Democrats released a legislative framework for addressing climate change through economy-wide solutions, including the power sector, buildings, transportation, and industry. In July 2019, the Committee adopted the ambitious goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The

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How Anchorage is Making Emergency Preparedness Inclusive

In 2018, Anchorage emerged largely unscathed from what could have been a devastating 7.1 earthquake. Following the event, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and other city officials noted that while strict seismic building codes and significant strides in emergency preparedness had paid off, a gap in communication between limited and non-English speaking communities and the city remained.

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Next Steps on Addressing PFAS Contamination in Drinking Water

Throughout the year, there was a growing concern across all levels of government about drinking water contamination from PFAS – a group of man-made chemicals that were made and used in a variety of industries around the globe, which have made their way into drinking water systems across the country, particularly in communities near military installations

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Could Franchise Agreements Help Your City Reach 100% Renewable Energy?

As of today, 138 cities have formally announced 100% renewable energy goals or targets, while others are actively considering similar goals. Cities have a wide variety of renewable energy procurement options to help them achieve their goals. One such option available to cities is leveraging an electric franchise agreement to partner with their local utility on new

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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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This Small City in Kansas is a Leader on Climate Resilience

Interested in becoming a climate leader like Shawnee? Apply today for NLC’s Leadership in Community Resilience program. Deadline is December 20. Across the country, local leaders are recognizing the benefits of reaching across jurisdictions to address climate issues. While regional collaborations of any kind can be challenging, elected officials and their staff know that social,

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In DC, Building Bridges for Equitable Economic Growth

This is a guest blog by D.C. Department of Transportation Director Jeff Marootian and Bridge Park Director Scott Kratz. The 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C.—a planned repurposing of the retired 11th Street Bridge across the Anacostia River between the East of the River neighborhoods and Capitol Hill into a vibrant city park—will connect

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The EPA and Clean Water Act Authority

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking comments on two separate rulemakings concerning the agency’s authority under the Clean Water Act. Section 401 of the Clean Water Act is a water quality certification program. It states that no federal permit or license can be issued that may result in a discharge into “waters of

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Three Ways Jersey City Connects More Children to Nature

Parks and open space are an ongoing priority in Jersey City, New Jersey. We understand the value that parks bring to a city, its economy and, most importantly, its residents. What we didn’t fully realize was that by integrating park priorities with other key city priorities, such as youth development, stormwater management, and Vision Zero,

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As Hurricanes Continue to Wreak Havoc, Disaster Recovery Is Still A Broken Landscape for Small Cities

This is a guest post by C.H. “Burt” Mills, Jr., Aransas County Judge and William R. Whitson, Managing Director of Local Government Visions, LLC. Hurricane Harvey came ashore in Aransas County near Rockport, Texas as a full class IV hurricane. Harvey raged for more than 12 hours, causing widespread devastation, including 25% loss to the local tax

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