Tag: Congress of Cities

Youth Delegates Take Center Stage in Music City

This post was co-written by Indira Jimenez. NLC’s annual Congress of Cities is the largest gathering of local elected officials and staff in the country. This year’s conference in Nashville also included a large number of youth delegates. Over 200 youth delegates, from Jacksonville, Florida to Seattle, Washington, came together in Nashville to learn from

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Seattle Leads by Example with Green Buildings

Most of us are familiar with the popular Earth Day catch phrase, “Make Earth Day Every Day.”  While we might not always live up to this ideal, I try to keep this quote from Denis Hayes, founder of the Earth Day Network and president of Seattle’s Bullitt Foundation, in mind when I need a little

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Insights on Being Business Friendly

At the 2012 NLC Congress of Cities conference in Boston, Danielle Casey, Assistant City Manager for the City of Maricopa, AZ presented on ways to make cities more business friendly. The room was packed to the brim and the panel discussion lively. What were some of the key points that arose from the session? Transparency

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Supporting Food Systems, Supporting Communities

“The best way to preserve farmland is to make farmers successful on that land.” This call to action from participants attending the Supporting Local Food Systems Roundtable at NLC’s Congress of Cities (CoC), speaks to just one of the many factors driving the National League of Cities’ (NLC) commitment to addressing sustainable food issues in

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Elevating the Principles of Net-Zero Buildings to Teach Us About Building Sustainable Communities

A few weeks ago, at the Greenbuild conference in San Francisco, I attended a session that featured NREL’s Research Support Facility (RSF) in Golden, CO. The session’s speakers described the design and construction process of the RSF, a net-zero energy building (NZEB) that today serves as a model for performance-based design. The possibilities presented about

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Eugene, Oregon to Veterans: “Thanks and welcome home.”

With leaders from across the country gathered in Boston for NLC’s Congress of Cities, about 40 people joined a conversation about housing for veterans with disabilities. The City Manager of Eugene, OR, Jon Ruiz, discussed his city’s Veterans Housing Project. From his personal experience in helping veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, Jon spoke about

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