Category: environment

Public and Private Sectors Mobilize for Hurricane Relief

This week, the catastrophic flooding and winds of Hurricane Harvey impacted millions of Americans across Texas and Louisiana. But while the storm’s effects were vast, much of the greatest damage was averted by the swift actions of local leaders, first responders, heroic citizens and outside organizations. As the floodwaters recede and the rebuilding begins, NLC’s partners

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Five Practices to Help Cities Green their Purchasing

This is a guest post by Arizona State University’s Nicole Darnall, Justin M. Stritch, Stuart Bretschneider, Lily Hsueh and Won No. In the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, city leaders are demonstrating environmental leadership across America. More than 367 U.S. mayors in 44 states have committed to reduce their greenhouse gases

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Planning a More Resilient Future: Four Takeaways From the 2017 Resilient Cities Summit

This post was co-authored by Katharine Burgess, Jeremy Sigmon and Cooper Martin. Last week, an inspirational group of mayors, senior city officials, and nationally-recognized experts gathered in Stowe, Vermont, for the 2017 Resilient Cities Summit, hosted by the National League of Cities (NLC), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Against

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D.C. Circuit Will Not Rule on Clean Power Plan — For Now

With its Friday ruling, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has stayed the Clean Power Plan — but a Supreme Court review may be on the horizon. On Friday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the Trump Administration’s request to hold the Clean Power Plan (CPP) case in abeyance for 60 days. Additionally, the court asked the

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Beyond Buzzwords: How West Palm Beach Is Creating a Lasting Resiliency Strategy

As part of NLC’s Leadership in Community Resilience Program, the city of West Palm Beach, Florida, conducted a STAR Communities workshop aimed at identifying and prioritizing actions to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy and the well-being of the people living in the community. This post was co-authored by Cooper Martin and Lacey Shaver.

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President’s Budget Threatens Cities’ Ability to Act on Environmental & Infrastructure Issues

Cuts in the administration’s budget proposal threaten funds that cities rely on to invest in water management, clean energy and revitalization efforts across the country. Here’s how these cuts could impact your city. This April recess, NLC is encouraging city leaders to engage with their members of Congress while they are at home in their

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Mayor Sal Panto Testifies for Brownfields Redevelopment Funding

“Turning polluted properties back into productive real estate helps us create jobs in distressed communities while simultaneously improving public health and safety.” On Tuesday, Mayor Sal Panto of Easton, Pa., testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s Environment Subcommittee to advocate for brownfields redevelopment funding. Mayor Panto, Chair of the NLC

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Local Officials Support Climate Action, but What Will Happen to the Clean Power Plan?

The president’s executive order on energy leaves the Paris Climate Agreement intact – but while it merely calls for the review of the CPP, it has been widely viewed as the president’s first step to dismantle Obama’s signature climate change measure. This post was co-authored by Lisa Soronen and Carolyn Berndt. This week, President Donald

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How the City of Grand Rapids is Amplifying Local Voices to Connect Children with Nature

Dialogue between the city’s parks and recreation department and its schools and residents has resulted in a new environmentally-focused park system – built around local history and identity – that aims to connect children to nature. This is a guest post by David Marquardt and Catherine Zietse. On a sunny afternoon last fall, neighbors from

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The Trump Administration and Waters of the U.S.

President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order aimed at rolling back the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, an Obama-era rule designed to protect the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. What will happen to current WOTUS litigation following the president’s recent executive order? President Donald Trump’s executive

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