Climate and Sustainability Funding Opportunities

Partners for Places

  Cities and counties working on sustainability and climate action often cannot find the resources to implement great projects. ICLEI members, including Austin, Baltimore, Blacksburg, Chula Vista, Cleveland, Dubuque, Madison, Missoula, and New Orleans, have found a useful source of funding in Partners for Places. Partners for Places is a successful matching grant program that […]

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Defending the Clean Power Plan


On November 5th, ICLEI’s Local Climate Leaders Circle – a delegation of U.S. local elected officials who will travel with ICLEI USA to COP21 in Paris – issued a letter to EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy to underscore the importance of the Clean Power Plan to an international climate agreement. A delay in implementing the Clean Power Plan will considerably undermine the ability of the U.S. to negotiate with other countries for a meaningful agreement in Paris.

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Acting Now and Acting Together on Air Quality Management

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ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, USA (ICLEI USA) hosted a delegation of environmental protection and municipal government officials from China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, Jiangsu Provincial Environmental Protection Department, and environmental protection officials from Nanjing, Wuxi, Changzhou, and Suzhou as part of its ongoing activities under the California-China Urban Climate Collaborative (CCUCC). The CCUCC fosters long-term collaboration amongst Californian and Chinese cities to join together to be more effective and powerful—in combating carbon emissions and air pollution.

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World’s Transit Experts Meet for EcoMobility Festival


It’s a mad, mad world out there…traffic congestion, cyclists braving distracted drivers, and would-be pedestrians without access to sidewalks. Can you imagine a car-free American city which is built around integrated, socially inclusive, and environmentally friendly options namely walking, cycling, wheeling and public transport options?

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“On The ClearPath” Interview Series with Kirkland, WA

Kirkland, WA

We continue our blog series with Kirkland, WA which is a growing community of about 86,000 in King County outside of Seattle, WA. We sat down “virtually” with Van Sheth, Management Analyst with 15 years experience at the City to learn more about the City’s climate and sustainability goals through Kirkland Green as well as her experience with ClearPath.

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LA County & UCLA Launch Free Energy Atlas

Energy Atlas Snapshot

The Energy Atlas illuminates the many differences in how people, buildings, and neighborhoods use energy, showing that a one-size-fits-all policy on enEnergy Atlas Snapshotergy reduction would not be equitable or cost effective, the researchers said. Local governments’ enforcement power over building codes and permits means they shoulder much of the responsibility of California’s greenhouse-gas reduction goals. The atlas gives local governments reliable data to establish baselines and evaluate the effectiveness of programs.

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Sustainable Water Planning Wins in Urbana, IL


Urbana’s Sustainable Water Management Plan includes ambitious, but achievable Goals for water con­servation within City-owned buildings, region-wide coordination, consideration of conservation rules for new private developments, and public engagement in conservation activities addressing businesses and residents. All Actions in the Plan are intended to be completed between the date of adoption in 2013 and January 1, 2020 with the exception of certain Actions that shall be ongoing.

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ClearPath Opens to All US Cities for Free


In support of cities meeting their Compact of Mayors’ commitments to local climate action and thanks to a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, starting today the community-scale Inventory Module of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability’s ClearPath is open to any US city, county, or regional government for free.

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