Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience Work at ICLEI USA

Communities across the U.S. already are facing challenges associated with the impacts of climate change. Extreme weather events, impacts on health and vulnerable communities, and adverse effects to infrastructure and economies strain the social fabric. Since 1997, ICLEI has understood the risks facing communities but also the steps toward resilience, providing technical assistance to cities, […]

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Change the Pallet: Procurement Specs Reduce Emissions

GUEST BLOG by Adam Pener and Roger Ballentine More so than ever, cities are taking the lead in adopting sustainable innovations that reduce climate impact, save money, and better the lives of their citizens. Cities were early adopters of clean energy, high efficiency lighting and other measures that are now mainstream. While perhaps less sexy than […]

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U.S. Mayors Cross Party Lines to Reject White House Rollback on Climate Action

ICLEI USA mayors commit to bold climate action at the Cities and Regions Pavilion during COP21 in Paris. With the White House’s March 28, 2017, Executive Order Promoting Energy Independence, the Administration takes action to roll back critically important U.S. climate policies, including the Clean Power Plan and vehicle fuel efficiency standards, along with its […]

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ICLEI Supports U.S. Local and State Governments in Turning the New Presidential Executive Order into a Call for a New Global Climate Leadership

Since President Trump took office, there has been growing concern among U.S. local leaders regarding the new administration’s stance on agendas critical to America’s future: namely environmental protection, clean energy, climate action. With his March 28 Executive Order, which adds to last week’s budget proposal, President Trump has once again taken an ideologically charged approach […]

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Before it ends…women’s history month

I’d be remiss in letting WHM go by without sharing a few thoughts on my own career trajectory. I’ve been fortunate to have had strong female role models.  As @ValerieJarrett notes in her WHM Spotify Playlist – it is very hard to be what you cannot see – and she challenges “trailblazing women” to share our stories […]

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U.S. Mayors Cross Party Lines to Reject White House Rollback on Climate Action

ICLEI USA mayors commit to bold climate action at the Cities and Regions Pavilion during COP21 in Paris. With the White House’s March 28, 2017, Executive Order Promoting Energy Independence, the Administration takes action to roll back critically important U.S. climate policies, including the Clean Power Plan and vehicle fuel efficiency standards, along with its […]

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ICLEI USA Affiliation Now Open to U.S. Colleges and Universities

More and more universities are undertaking inventories to analyze and track their greenhouse gas emissions. Higher education institutions also often play a significant role to support their host cities in conducting GHG inventories and developing climate action plans. In recognition of these trends and the important ways university students and faculty contribute to climate action, […]

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Let’s Talk Communities and Climate: Communication Guidance for City and Community Leaders

The letter to ICLEI network cities below is from ICLEI USA Executive Director Angie Fyfe, published in the newly released report Let’s Talk Communities & Climate: Communication Guidance for City and Community Leaders. The report is designed to help experienced and novice climate change communicators by synthesizing the latest academic research and message testing on climate communications. Download the full […]

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Toward 1.5 Degrees: ICLEI USA 2016 Annual Report

Spurred by calls from the communities most exposed to climate change impacts, the Paris Climate Agreement set the ambitious goal of limiting the end-of-century global average temperature increase to 1.5° Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. The Paris Agreement includes Nationally Determined Contributions, reductions in GHG emissions by country — which offer this reality: […]

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