Category: environment

What American Cities Can Learn From Toronto’s Success

Last month, representatives from four NLC member cities — Columbus, Ohio, Richmond, Virginia, Salt Lake City, and Tucson, Arizona — traveled to Toronto, Ontario for a study tour. With a population of 2,800,000, Toronto is North America’s fourth-largest city — and the  community is working to cope with explosive growth (fueled in part by immigration),

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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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When Talking Infrastructure, Remember the Municipal Securities Market

This is a guest post by Susan Collet, Director of Government Relations for the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. The National League of Cities’ City Fiscal Conditions 2017 study arrived this fall at a time of heightened discussion at the White House and on Capitol Hill regarding policies that can spur more investment in the nation’s infrastructure.

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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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Countdown Begins on Volkswagen Settlement Funds for Cities

In October 2016, the U.S. government approved a $14.7 billion settlement against Volkswagen for violations of the Clean Air Act. As part of the settlement, $2.7 billion was set aside into an Environmental Mitigation Trust and will be given directly to states to fund projects to reduce nitrogen oxide at the local level. Cities can

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Confronting Climate Change at City Summit 2017

Whether you’re a newly elected official or a seasoned public servant, the Sustainable Cities Institute (SCI), a National League of Cities program, provides local leaders innovative ideas and personal connections necessary to address challenges related to local energy policy, environmental quality, utility management, and climate-related disasters. This year at City Summit in Charlotte, several sessions

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The Final Days of the Clean Power Plan

Earlier this year, it seemed like a certainty: The Supreme Court would hear arguments concerning, and rule on, the legality of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a key component of the Obama legacy. Now, with the proposal of new regulations intended to rescind the CPP, Supreme Court review seems less and less likely. If there

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Seizing the Moment to Lead on Climate

This is a guest post by Daniel Barry, Director of ecoAmerica’s Path to Positive Communities Program. It originally appeared on ecoAmerica.org.  Philosopher George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” When it comes to planning and action around climate change, though, we need to flip his advice: If

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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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How Smart Cities Will Change Our Lives

Technology has always been a critical force deeply intertwined with the evolution of cities. From the first human settlements millennia ago to the industrial revolution to today, technological breakthroughs have impacted the buildings we use, the way we get around, and how we live, work, and play in the urban space. Now, as we are

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