Category: sustainability & resilience

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day during COVID-19

How will COVID-19 change long-term efforts to address climate change? Is the current Coronavirus pandemic a prelude to the climate disasters cities will face in the future? On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, NLC Sustainability and Resilience experts reflect on how COVID-19 will change the way cities mitigate and adapt to climate and environmental policy.   The Future is Local By

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Integrated Planning Offers A Better Way to Comply With the Clean Water Act

Last January, President Trump signed bipartisan legislation to benefit cities, towns, and villages with municipal storm sewer systems (MS4s) and publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). The Water Infrastructure Improvement Act codifies the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) integrated planning framework in the Clean Water Act (CWA). The legislation is short – just 6 pages –

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House Republicans Outline Carbon Emissions Reduction Legislation

Building on President Trump’s support for the 1 Trillion Trees initiative expressed during the State of the Union, House Republican leaders, led by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), recently unveiled a package of bills aimed at reducing carbon emissions. The plan centers around three themes: carbon capture, clean energy investment and conservation. The initial set

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How Indiana Borough is Building a Sustainable Future

Western Pennsylvania, home to coal mines and natural gas wells, might not be the first place you think of when picturing a clean energy transition, but Indiana Borough, Pennsylvania wants to change your preconceptions. It’s one of many smaller communities across the country that are embracing sustainability and renewable energy as a way towards 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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2020 Candidates Address Local Leaders

On the main stage at City Summit in San Antonio, in front of nearly 4,000 local leaders, two 2020 presidential candidates shared their plans to strengthen local communities in America. Continuing the National League of Cities’ 95-year legacy of non-partisanship, 2020 presidential candidates from both sides of the aisle participated. Moderated by Kim Hart, Cities

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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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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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Housing Resilience in San Antonio

Housing affordability is about more than the list price of a home. San Antonio, for example, is one of the fastest growing large cities in the United States. The region’s rapid economic and population growth has caused local housing costs to increase faster than AMI for nearly two decades. For residents, that means homes are increasingly

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How Austin’s Commitment to Sustainability is Driving Prosperity

By Kathleen M. O’Donnell, writer and editor at the American Institute of Architects. Austin, Texas, is a shining example of how sustainability can contribute to the development and growth of a city. Through its Office of Sustainability and the work of local architects, Austin provides a thoughtful framework for other cities to consider when crafting

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