Category: Green Living

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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Green Design Isn’t Just a Luxury. It Could Save Cities Billions.

In American cities, green design is having a moment. Solar panels, porous pavement, and green roofs are all catching on as ways for developers to reduce environmental impacts of buildings. But what happens when these features and other smart surface design elements are deployed throughout a neighborhood, or even an entire city? A new report

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Canoemobile and CCCN Help Close the Nature Gap on Urban Waterways

(Featured photo: Julia Schweitzer) Canoemobile partnered with four of NLC’s seven pilot Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN) cities to connect more children to their local waterways. This is a guest blog by Greg Lais, Founder and Executive Director of Wilderness Inquiry. On a recent October day on the banks of the Ohio River in Louisville,

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Introducing the Cities Connecting Children to Nature Municipal Action Guide

Just published online: A new resource for city leaders who want to take steps to connect more children to nature more equitably, from the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) and the Children & Nature Network. “Connect children with parks and open spaces and do it in a way

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Are Your Residents Within a 10-Minute Walk to a Park?

At 10:10 a.m. on October 10, 134 of the nation’s most influential mayors joined The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute in launching an historic “10-minute walk” parks advocacy campaign, establishing the ambitious goal that all Americans should live within a 10-minute walk (or a half-mile) of a

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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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How Can Cities Become More Disaster Resilient?

Three historic hurricanes. Wildfires in the West. Increased frequency nuisance flooding and heavy rainfall. As extreme weather continues to dominate the headlines, in 2017 what can city leaders do to protect their communities? Last week, NLC and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) co-hosted a Congressional Briefing entitled “How Can Cities Become More Resilient

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Mayor Coleman on How Saint Paul Shows How Cities Can Bring Nature to Children

I grew up in a family that celebrated being in the great outdoors – we would travel to the Boundary Waters and our national parks. I was fortunate to spend that time in the wilderness, but that wasn’t my only, or even most common, experience in nature. Most of my time outdoors was spent in

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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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Cities Turn to Home Energy Score to Help Residents Save Money and Reduce Energy Waste

An upcoming webinar will show how cities can provide their residents with reliable, low-cost, and easy-to-perform home energy assessments. When the city of Berkeley, California, launched its Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO) in December 2015, other cities around the country started paying attention. The city’s ordinance requires owners of single family homes to disclose their

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