“On The ClearPath” Interview Series with Metro Washington Council of Governments

  “On the ClearPath” Interview with Metro Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) “On the ClearPath” interview series is an opportunity to highlight stories and experiences from ICLEI members as well as ClearPath users in an effort to bring greater awareness to the power of ClearPath. With hundreds of local governments actively leveraging the platform to […]

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The New York Proposal for Inclusive Growth in Cities

The Ford Foundation New York, NY March 29, 2016: ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability joined The Ford Foundation and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in the launch of the Inclusive Growth in Cities Campaign. Analyzing economic data collected following the global financial downturn of 2008-2009, the OECD recognized a new emerging economic […]

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Guest Member Blog Post: Sarasota, FL Moving Forward Climate Adaptation Work

  City of Sarasota uses BP Oil Spill Funds for Climate Adaptation Work The funding source for Sarasota’s first vulnerability assessment and climate adaptation plan may surprise some – Deepwater Horizon (BP oil spill) money. After receiving the funds Sarasota’s sustainability program pitched an idea to use some for this much needed and important component […]

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ICLEI and partners COP21 update: Compact of Mayors

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During a side event of COP21 – December 7 in Paris ICLEI and its partners provided an update to the UNFCCC negotiators with the achievements of the Compact of Mayors and created a dialogue to explore options for enhanced engagement of local and subnational governments in raising the level of ambition and accelerating climate action at all levels based on the outcomes of the COP21 in Paris.

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U.S. House Calls for Near-Zero GHG Emissions by 2050

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November 30, U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus introduced a House Resolution calling for near-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, generating 50% of the country’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2050.

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Local Climate Leaders Circle Delegation Makes an Impact

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ICLEI co-hosted a delegation of mayors and local officials called the Local Climate Leaders Circle for one week in Paris, and hardly a moment was lost. From panels to summits to bilateral meetings; with Senators, Cabinet officials, and mayors from around the world; in the “Blue Zone” to City Hall and everywhere in between – the Leaders Circle represented US local governments admirably, and the partners ICLEI, NLC, WWF, and USGBC could not be prouder. In the end, the US boasted the largest delegation of local officials of any of the almost 200 nations in Paris, and they made their voices heard.

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What’s at Stake in the COP Negotiations

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The 21st Conference of Parties represents the biggest opportunity for agreeing on an international climate framework in many years. After years of preparations, it is almost certain that some agreement will be reached – but the strength of the agreement is an open question. Local officials have a key role to play in showcasing solutions and inspiring and advocating for an ambitious approach.

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