Category: environment

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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How Cities Are Rethinking (and Saving) Recycling

The city of Kirkwood, Missouri, recently announced that it would continue curbside recycling for residents. This may not seem like big news, but the decision comes after a month of speculation that the service would need to be terminated — even as Mayor Tim Griffin committed to do “everything we can to save our curbside

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How to Help Cities Impacted by Hurricane Florence

As the Hurricane Florence response and recovery effort continues in the Carolinas and Virginia, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued an advisory that allows states to send support through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). EMAC is a national interstate mutual aid agreement that enables states and local governments to share resources during

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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: Advanced

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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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‘Space to Grow’ Celebrates National Infrastructure Week

This is a guest post by Allison Fore, Public and Intergovernmental Affairs Officer of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Last week, leaders from across America convened in Washington for Infrastructure Week 2018, which focuses on the impact of infrastructure on the economy and society and how to make improvements for the 21st century. Cities across

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What Happens When Wildlife Conservation and Economic Impacts Collide?

According to the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) may designate land a “critical habitat” for an endangered species. The act mandates that FWS consider the economic impact of specifying an area as a critical habitat. FWS may exclude an area if the benefits of excluding it outweigh the benefits

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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 Should Shift Diets to Meet Climate Goals

This is a guest post by Steve Cohen, Food Policy and Program Manager in the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and Chloë Waterman, Senior Food Campaigner for Friends of the Earth U.S. Today, with the federal government denying the contribution of humans to climate change and dismantling climate action policies, Americans are increasingly reliant on

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