“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

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

Compact Committment

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.

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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.

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


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.

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Connecting Cities with Science


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.

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


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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