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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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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New Adaptation Services Offerings for Cities

Communities across the U.S. are facing climate change impacts in the here and now that threaten critical infrastructure, livelihoods, and economic development. As more and more local governments are seeking resources and guidance to adapt to climate impacts already affecting their communities, we see that human-centered design processes lead to better outcomes. In response to […]

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Modeling Multi-Stakeholder Resilience Strategies: Lessons from Pittsburgh, PA, and Oakland, CA

View of downtown Pittsburgh, PA, from the Duquesne Incline railroad observation deck. As a 100 Resilient Cities initiative city, Pittsburgh is tackling air quality issues, inequality, flash floods, and infrastructure failure through its resiliency strategy, completed in 2016. Photo by AdobeStock/f11photo A resilient city is prepared to absorb and recover from a shock or stress while […]

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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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Officials Deliver Resilience Recs to the President

ICLEI and the Resilient Communities for America partners commend the local, state, and tribal officials who participated in the President’s Task Force on a compelling vision for local-federal collaboration. Local leaders such as Mayor Frank Cownie of Des Moines and Supervisor Salud Carbajal of Santa Barbara County provided key insight as strategic members of the […]

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