City of Fort Collins Leads on Cross-Departmental and City-Citizen Sustainability Learning with its One Planet Program

In many cities, economic and environmental sustainability is the purview of a single department, be it Parks and Recreation, Planning or, if the city is fortunate and funded enough to have one, a standalone Sustainability Office. Often, the concepts of sustainability stay cloistered away in this single department while the others carry on with business […]

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Visualizing City GHG Emissions Data, Part 2: Taking Stock of City GHG Inventories

This Visualizing the Data series, written by ICLEI Technical Director Mike Steinhoff, gives life to the greenhouse-gas emissions reporting numbers pulled from ICLEI USA’s flagship ClearPath tool. Hundreds of U.S. cities have used ClearPath to initiate greenhouse gas emissions inventories — allowing for a science-based approach to inform decision making and climate action planning. Read […]

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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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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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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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US Composting Council seeks municipal stakeholder input

 This is a guest blog by Sarah Martinez, who serves on the Board of the U.S. Composting Council and is the Sustainability Maven at Eco-Products, Inc. Are you aware that composting organic materials, such as food scraps and landscaping debris, and incorporating compost into soil not only reduces pressure on landfills, but it also reduces greenhouse […]

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Are you Getting to Zero?!

    ICLEI USA is proud to support the 2016 Getting to Zero National Forum. Join us Oct. 12-14 in Denver along with leading designers, owners, operators, commercial real estate professionals, policymakers, manufacturers and others to share perspectives on the growth of zero net energy (ZNE), discuss the policies driving new projects, engage in best practices […]

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