ICLEI USA Membership Now Open to U.S. Colleges and Universities

More and more universities are undertaking inventories to analyze and track their greenhouse gas emissions. Higher education institutions also often play a significant role to support their host cities in conducting GHG inventories and developing climate action plans. In recognition of these trends and the important ways university students and faculty contribute to climate action, […]

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Let’s Talk Communities and Climate: Communication Guidance for City and Community Leaders

The letter to ICLEI network cities below is from ICLEI USA Executive Director Angie Fyfe, published in the newly released report Let’s Talk Communities & Climate: Communication Guidance for City and Community Leaders. The report is designed to help experienced and novice climate change communicators by synthesizing the latest academic research and message testing on climate communications. Download the full […]

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Toward 1.5 Degrees: ICLEI USA 2016 Annual Report

Spurred by calls from the communities most exposed to climate change impacts, the Paris Climate Agreement set the ambitious goal of limiting the end-of-century global average temperature increase to 1.5° Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. The Paris Agreement includes Nationally Determined Contributions, reductions in GHG emissions by country — which offer this reality: […]

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Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet: Santa Cruz Models Coastal Resilience and Green Business in Its Award-Winning ‘GreenWharf’ Initiative

The City of Santa Cruz sits on the fringes of California’s Silicon Valley, and is sometimes left out of the Valley’s regional affiliation. But in December 2016, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group acknowledged the City’s role as a valuable regional member and green business innovator for the Santa Cruz GreenWharf Initiative. The Silicon Valley Leadership […]

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New Adaptation Services Offerings for Cities

Communities across the U.S. are facing climate change impacts in the here and now that threaten critical infrastructure, livelihoods, and economic development. As more and more local governments are seeking resources and guidance to adapt to climate impacts already affecting their communities, we see that human-centered design processes lead to better outcomes. In response to […]

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Modeling Multi-Stakeholder Resilience Strategies: Lessons from Pittsburgh, PA, and Oakland, CA

View of downtown Pittsburgh, PA, from the Duquesne Incline railroad observation deck. As a 100 Resilient Cities initiative city, Pittsburgh is tackling air quality issues, inequality, flash floods, and infrastructure failure through its resiliency strategy, completed in 2016. Photo by AdobeStock/f11photo A resilient city is prepared to absorb and recover from a shock or stress while […]

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ICLEI Represents Cities at Meeting with UN Secretary-General as Paris Agreement Enters Into Force

ICLEI USA Executive Director Angie Fyfe meets with United Nations Secretary General Bank Ki-Moon to mark the occasion of the Paris Agreement’s entry in to force, November 4, 2016. Secretary General Ban called the special meeting for civil-society leaders at UN Headquarters in New York City to acknowledge the role civil society played in advocating […]

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The Resilience Dialogues: White House Announces Collaboration to Support Community Climate Resilince

White House Resilience Dialogues

This blog post is shared with permission from The White House Blog, and was originally published October 31, 2016, at www.WhiteHouse.gov. ICLEI USA is proud to be a community-based network working in collaboration with The White House and partners on the Resilience Dialogues. Visit the Resilience Dialogues website to start a dialogue in your community, […]

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ICLEI USA Member Cities Show Local-Level Leadership at Habitat III

This week marked a big opportunity for ICLEI USA member cities to share their experiences with the global community at Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. From October 17-20, 2016, leaders from local governments around the world gathered in Quito, Ecuador, to determine the roadmap for urban development and […]

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New ICLEI Report Details Progress Made by California Cities in Cutting Carbon Pollution

A new report out from ICLEI and partners presents a first-of-its-kind portrait of city climate leadership at the state level.  The State of Local Climate Action: California 2016 provides a comprehensive analysis of measurable local emissions trends, targets, planning efforts, and energy and climate actions in the state, along with in-depth profiles of local and regional agencies […]

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