President Challenges Cities to Join Compact & Set Precedent for Climate Action by COP21

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In a fact sheet released today by the White House, President Obama challenged all Mayors to publicly commit to a climate action plan ahead of the Paris UN meeting, and has set a goal of having at least 100 US cities that have signed onto the Compact of Mayors by the end of November. The […]

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Energy Efficiency in Low Income Communities

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The EPA Clean Power Plan final rule, announced this week, includes a proposed early credit program for energy efficiency savings achieved in 2020 and 2021 in low-income communities. Through ICLEI’s Unite2Green program, young people in low-income communities are trained to deliver energy efficiency education to members of their community.  Using the Enterprise Green Communities Green and […]

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Biggest US Cities Setting Unprecedented Emissions Reductions Goals to Fight Climate Change

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Some of the largest cities in the country, including New York, Chicago, Atlanta and 34 others have already set emissions reductions goals of 80 percent or higher by 2050, aligning with the scientific consensus of what will be required to avoid the most disastrous effects of climate change, finds a new report by World Wildlife […]

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Connecting Cities with Science

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ICLEI/Thriving Earth Exchange Pilot Project Partnership ICLEI USA and the American Geophysical Union (AGU)’s Thriving Earth Exchange® (TEX) have established a pilot partnership to advance both knowledge and practices contributing to resilient communities, and through activities to help mitigate the impact of climate change, natural hazards or natural disasters on lives and properties.  The pilot […]

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EnergySage & ICLEI Ally to Help Local Governments Boost Solar Energy Adoption

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Online solar marketplace equips cities with simple alternative to Solarize programs, gives residents the power of choice in evaluating solar systems, installers and financing options EnergySage and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability USA today announced that they have allied to help municipalities reach their renewable energy goals by advancing solar adoption in their communities. […]

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Building energy efficiency and the Clean Power Plan

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Energy efficiency serves as a compliance strategy for EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Energy efficiency in the building sector is touted as a “low-hanging fruit” for cities to take hold of, in order to lower overall carbon emissions. Indeed, energy efficiency opportunities are well understood and implemented in a variety of settings. And yet, energy efficiency as […]

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Clean Power Plan Clean Energy Incentive Program

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Today’s release of the Clean Power Plan, is a hugely important step in the fight against climate change.  Through energy productivity and renewable energy polices and programs, state and local governments have provided, and will continue to provide, meaningful carbon reductions and health benefits across the country. ICLEI’s technical assistance The Solar Outreach Partnership, our Solar Marketplace and our Climate Equity […]

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“On the ClearPath” Interview Series – Columbus, OH

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On the ClearPath interview series is an opportunity to highlight stories from ICLEI members and ClearPath users in an effort to share best practices and the user experience of ClearPath, ICLEI’s online emissions management platform. With over 300 local governments and regional agencies actively leveraging the platform to monitor and track their municipal and community […]

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Sustainability Success Series: Oberlin, OH “Live Learn Lead”

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City is awarded ICLEI’s Milestones 3, 4 and 5 for Monitoring & Verifying Emissions Reductions With the community slogan, “Live Learn Lead”, Oberlin, OH is certainly taking those words very seriously and demonstrating considerable action on the climate front. Oberlin released its highly anticipated 2012 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Update as an opportunity to provide an […]

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Cupertino’s Green Business Challenge: We Planned, We Challenged, We Saved A Lot of Money & Resources

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On a cool Bay Area evening on January 29th, 2015, I took a Cal Train trip to Cupertino, CA, to formally launch Cupertino’s Green Building Challenge.  After months of planning for this day, the day had come. This was my first time in Cupertino and my first Green Business Challenge event since taking over the […]

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