ICLEI USA 2018 Annual Report Shows Local Governments Raise Ambition using Data-Driven Sustainability Solutions

At the conclusion of a year that brought continued signs of and warnings about the effects of carbon buildup in our atmosphere, we pause to celebrate the work of ICLEI USA cities and counties — including 41 new members in 2018 — and the supporters in those communities who made local policies and programs a […]

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Keeling Curve Prize Invites Cities Targeting GHGs to Apply for $25,000 Award

“From many seeds, solutions grow.” That’s the thinking behind the Keeling Curve Prize, which recognizes projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or promote uptake. The awards program is custom-designed to spotlight a wide variety of promising solutions to global warming. Because municipalities are so often the laboratories of climate action — where dynamic solutions are put […]

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Circular Economy Principles can Drive the Clean Energy Economy: Reflecting form GreenBiz VERGE 18 Summit

In mid-October 2018, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend VERGE 18 – a high-powered conference dedicated to accelerate a clean economy. The conference – hosted by GreenBiz – took place in Oakland, California, and brought together professionals in fields as (seemingly) disparate as as technology, business, government, transportation, and materials science. The conference convened […]

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Opportunity for U.S. EPA Technical Assistance: Travel Efficiency Emissions Assessment and Planning

The U.S. EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) is seeking to partner with state, tribal, regional or local transportation and air quality agencies interested in assessing transportation sector emissions and exploring how they could be reduced through travel efficiency strategies.[1] This opportunity continues the EPA’s program of Travel Efficiency Assessment Method (TEAM) technical […]

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Talanoa Dialogues Denver Brings Regional Experience to UN Climate Negotiations

On October 18th, 2018, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA and The Alliance Center hosted Talanoa Dialogues Denver, an historic event for international climate negotiation that brought together local elected officials, community leaders and engaged citizens from cities of Denver, Boulder, Lafayette, and other constituents from the Colorado Front Range region to discuss local support for […]

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Larchmont, NY, Achieves ICLEI’s 5 Milestones to Exceed GHG Reduction Goals

Bordering the shores of Long Island Sound in Westchester County, the Village of Larchmont in the town of Mamaroneck, NY, boasts the hometown comforts and charm you’d expect with a “village” designation, paired with the picturesque shore views and stately architecture characteristic of New England. Situated about 30 miles northeast of Manhattan (an easy 40-minute […]

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What’s Driving Changes in Local GHG Emissions? Report Outlines Results from Contribution Analysis

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA released at Global Climate Action Summit a report summarizing the major determinants of community-scale performance in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Released in partnership with numerous other reports detailing the scale of action among business, regions, and local government, this analysis is the first to report on the collective progress of the […]

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Case Study: New York City Moves to Divest Pension Funds from Billions of Dollars in Fossil Fuel Reserves

When NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Comptroller Scott Stringer and several trustees of the city’s pension funds announced the city would divest from fossil fuel reserve owners by 2022, the move positioned NYC at the center of the divestment movement. Over the past few years, many cities, from Berlin to Berkeley and Melbourne to Dunedin, […]

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