Category: sustainability & resilience

Can Tucson, Arizona Bring Back its Miracle Mile?

In cities, certain neighborhoods may have a history that gave them an economic purpose, a distinctive aesthetic identity, and unique role in their city decades ago — even if time has moved on. When those neighborhoods fall on hard times, that identity can sour from a source of pride to one of perceived blight. And

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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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Cities, Innovation, and the Growth of the Digital Economy

The digital economy, or the internet sector, is a critical component of urban economies. This sector is not often thought of in the same way as more traditional industries — if formally measured, it would be among the 20 largest — but today it looms over many ‘powerhouse’ sectors like retail, construction, and the auto

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Exploring Nashville’s Small Manufacturing Revolution

Since its founding, the city of Nashville has constantly reinvented itself — first as a hub for trade, then as a shipping power, and finally as a center for the music, healthcare, and food industries. Now, Nashville is banking on yet another economic reinvention: unlocking the power of maker spaces, local artisans, and small manufacturers.

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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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In Providence, Fighting Climate Change Starts With Racial Equity

Last week, NLC’s Shafaq Choudtry talked with Leah Bamberger and Monica Huertas of Providence, Rhode Island, to discuss how the city is proactively working with communities of color as a key strategy in combating the impacts of climate change. The city is one of the participants in NLC’s Leadership in Community Resilience Program. Leah Bamberger

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A “One Water” Future for America’s Cities

This is a guest post from Cynthia Koehler, Executive Director of the WaterNow Alliance and a session leader at City Summit 2017. If there were any doubts about the central role of local decision makers in ensuring sustainable communities and resilient water infrastructure, Irma and Harvey have put them to rest. Many have observed that water

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NLC Launches Local Climate Solutions Engagement Program

Today, the National League of Cities (NLC) announced a new program with ecoAmerica aimed at elevating local climate engagement activities by its members and affiliates in nearly 19,000 American cities and towns. This post was co-authored by Cooper Martin and Daniel Barry. In light of the need to prevent pollution while also preparing for adverse

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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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How One Small City Is Making Big Moves in Resilience Planning

NLC recently joined a community forum on hazard adaptation and mitigation in the city of Annapolis, Maryland, where federal, state and local agencies were working together to take action on climate change. Here’s what we learned. This post was co-authored by Shafaq Choudry and Meri St. Jean. Earlier this month, the Trump Administration made headlines

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