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Green Jobs through the Green New Deal

July 31, 2019


With the Cities of Los Angeles and New York City passing their own versions of the Green New Deal, there is a lot of momentum and real opportunity to move forward on renewable energy and green jobs at the local level. What are the common barriers to creating these green jobs and how can local governments leverage policy to make sure that frontline communities get the benefits? Christy Veeder from Jobs to Move America will discuss policy infrastructure and strategies that can create local green jobs and challenges that need to be addressed through extensive stakeholder engagement. Jessica Tovar from the Local Clean Energy Alliance will present a case study from community organizing efforts to bring local clean energy to the Bay Area through the East Bay Community Energy, the community choice aggregation program.

Nature-based Soltuions in Cities, Part 2: Mainstreaming Nature-Based Solutions into Planning

July 09, 2019


As the main instrument for implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity , National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) are seen as a key framework for mainstreaming considerations for wildlife and nature for nations — but can these frameworks easily scale down the city or town level? In Part 2 of the Nature-based Solutions in Cities series, with a focus on U.S. action, ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center is joined by Biophilic Cities Network and Sustainable Development Code, which recenlty relaunched an updated Wildlife Subchapter, to provide an overview of city-scale biodiversity action plans.

People with Disabilities in the Climate Emergency: Vulnerability and Adaptation

June 19, 2019


People with disabilities are marginalized across social, economic, and environmental spheres — and especially in dangers presented by the climate emergency. This June 19, 2019, presented a conversation between Alex Ghenis, Policy and Research Specialist at the World Institute on Disability, for a discussion moderated by Dr. Hoi-Fei Mok, ICLEI USA Senior Equity Program Officer, that explained the vulnerabilities that the disability community faces, and adaptive actions we can take to protect safety and well-being.

Nature-based Solutions in Cities, Part 1: Introduction to Nature-based Solutions

May 28, 2019


For years, ICLEI’s Cities Biodiversity Center has promoted innovation to address the complex issues surrounding natural capital and the degradation of ecosystem services in a rapidly urbanizing world. Recognizing the crucial role that local governments play in biodiversity and ecosystem management, we’re launching a year-long webinar series to ground the CBC’s work in U.S. case stories. Join ICLEI and Biophilic Cities for Part 1, May 28 at 8am Pacific / 11am Eastern, to hear from City of Milwaukee, WI’s Director of Sustainability, Erik Shambarger; Biophilic Cities Program Director J.D. Brown; and project managers for ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center’s Interact-Bio and Urban Natural Assets projects on how nature-based solutions can work in any location.

Launch an Online Solar Marketplace with ICLEI and EnergySage

April 24, 2019


Local governments are key facilitators of local solar power in their communities, including for residential and commercial sectors. However, often logistics and staff capacity limit the ability for cities and counties to manage an effort. Solar Marketplaces remove many of these barriers through an online web portal that connects residents to qualified installers to gain free quotes with secure information sharing. ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA has partnered with EnergySage to bring the a solar marketplace platform directly to cities with minimal setup and management — but with key analytics on resident engagement. available to the City. Hear from city staff in Chula Vista, Calif., where the City customized an ICLEI Solar Marketplace to manage a solarize buying campaign. Then, learn the steps to launch a marketplace for your town or county.

Climate Action Planning in North America Experiences from 4 Canadian and American Communities-20190327 1701-1

March 27, 2019


Countless cities, towns, and communities across North America have faced many of the same issues, challenges, and hurdles when developing their climate action plans. Yet their approaches to these challenges may be different. Join us for a free webinar hosted by the FCM-ICLEI Canada Partners for Climate Protection Program and ICLEI USA, and hear from two Canadian and American cities—Cincinnati and Sudbury—and two Canadian and American towns—Aspen and Canmore—as they share stories and lessons of their own climate action planning experiences. Speakers: Lawrence Falkin, Director, Office of Environment and Sustainability, City of Cincinnati Jennifer Babin-Fenske, Coordinator of EarthCareSudbury Initiatives, City of Greater Sudbury Chris Menges, Sustainability Programs Administrator, Climate Action Office, City of Aspen Lori Rissling Wynn, Sustainability Coordinator/Development Planner, Town of Canmore Moderated by Kale Roberts, ICLEI USA, and Sarah Shenstone-Harris, ICLEI Canada

Exposed & Closest: Climate, Poverty and Homelessness from CAKE on Vimeo.

March 20, 2019


This webinar focuses on the intersection of climate change, poverty, and homelessness, led by a “poverty Skola” from POOR Magazine, a poor people led/indigenous people led, grassroots non-profit, arts organization dedicated to providing revolutionary media access, art, education and advocacy to silenced youth, adults and elders in poverty. The poorest among us know that climate change exacerbates the challenge of the day to day. When people are already struggling to get by without shelter, clothing, or food in places hit by gentrification, displacement, and poverty, emergencies like wildfire or hurricanes will cause another crisis in impossible situations. Some may also be driven to poverty due to climate change and forced migration or become unhoused during climate crises. Access to scant resources for recovery is often complicated by immigration status, age, race, gender, disability, mental health, and other factors that impede the ability to get one’s paperwork in order. While these stories reveal the struggles faced by those living in poverty, they also demonstrate the community resilience and real solutions, beginning with redefining who is centered closest to the crisis of Mama Earth change aka Climate change and the concept of Poverty Scholarship itself, a poor people-led theory to redefine the voices of poor peoples in crisis as experts, rather than “subjects” of research to be talked about us without us. These are seen in the programs run by POOR Magazine called Homefulness. The Camp Fire in Paradise, CA will be used as a case study to discuss crisis points and homelessness, as well as solutions like Unselling Mama Earth, Radical Redistribution & land liberation projects like Homefulness.

Bridging the Gap Between City Sustainability and Land Use Planning with ICLEI USA and UrbanFootprint

March 20, 2019


We’re partnering with UrbanFootprint, a Berkeley-based location intelligence and urban planning software company, to bring extra support to local governments striving to address the challenges of climate change with smart land-use consideration. As part of this partnership, new UrbanFootprint Civic customers will get a no-cost, one-year ICLEI membership, and current ICLEI members will receive a discount to purchase UrbanFootprint’s planning and analysis software. Hear from City staff from Honolulu and Madison on an info webinar.

July 18, 2018


Tracking progress in GHG mitigation can be a challenging exercise. Time between data points might be several years in length, the resolution of the data is often coarse, and the task in mitigation action is to manage a dynamic system that is open to many other factors that influence outcomes. In addition, many types of actions are diffuse throughout the community and rely on the individual decisions of many actors. In these types of circumstances, an approach known as “Contribution Analysis” can offer insights to the many factors working for and against the intended outcome. In this webinar, you’ll hear from ICLEI USA experts along with Cities of Bellevue, WA; Aspen, CO; and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments on how they are using this approach to determine the drivers of their jurisdictions’ GHG emissions.

New York City Fossil Fuel Divestment: How Divestment Protects Pensions and the Planet

May 22, 2018


Done appropriately, fossil fuel divestment not only sends a strong market signal on climate action, but it also:
• Helps ensure the long-term sustainability of pension funds by significantly reducing investment risk
• Potentially decreases long-term taxpayer contributions to pension funds
• Protects those who rely on the pension funds for their retirement

We cover why New York City is pursuing divestment as part of a comprehensive climate action program, the financial outlook for the fossil fuel industry today and in the future, the evolving nature of fiduciary duty in light of climate change, and the perspective of labor on divestment.

• Daniel Zarrilli, Senior Director of Climate Policy and Programs, NYC Mayor’s Office
• Tom Sanzillo, Director of Finance at IEEFA and former First Deputy Comptroller of New York State
• Susannah Vickers, Executive Director for Pensions, Office of NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer
• Lisa Anne Hamilton, Director, Climate & Energy Program, Center for International Environmental Law
• Henry Garrido, Executive Director, AFSCME District 37

Webinar produced in partnership with: NYC Mayor’s Office, NYC Climate, Mayors Innovation Project, C40 Cities, ICLEI, Elected Officials to Protect New York

Announcing Temperate, Your Adaptation Planning Companion

April 4, 2018


ICLEI USA partners with the Heinrich Böll Foundation to present a case study on just transitions for coal communities. Over decades, coal mining and burning has played an important role for energy production in Germany and the US. The economy of many regions was dominated by coal for a long time. But with coal being less and less competitive, declining jobs and the coal sector being one of the biggest polluters, these communities in both countries now experience big changes and challenges.

A Just Transition: The Way Forward for Coal Communities

April 5, 2018


ICLEI USA partners with the Heinrich Böll Foundation to present a case study on just transitions for coal communities. Over decades, coal mining and burning has played an important role for energy production in Germany and the US. The economy of many regions was dominated by coal for a long time. But with coal being less and less competitive, declining jobs and the coal sector being one of the biggest polluters, these communities in both countries now experience big changes and challenges.

City-University Collaborations on Sustainability and Climate from ICLEI USA.

January 31, 2018


Collaboration between universities and their local governments on sustainability initiatives has proven these partnerships can lead to precipitous action on climate change and accelerate community-wide benefits. Throughout 2017, ICLEI USA hosted two graduate interns from University of Colorado-Boulder who dived into an analysis of “town-gown” collaborations on sustainability and climate — producing a number of case studies to support their findings.

Join this January 31, 2018, webinar features researchers Katelyn Manzer and Samuel Krasnobrod, are joined by University of Northern Iowa Energy Manager Eric Giddens to present analysis of these city-university networks and explore several projects that have shown how institutional synergies can be leveraged as catalysts for change.

Localizing the Paris Agreement: Local Government Climate Action and the Road Ahead from ICLEI USA.

January 12, 2018


In December 2015, after years of negotiations, 197 countries made a commitment to work together to address climate change. The Paris Climate Agreement is seen as a turning point for global climate policy and the ability for international cooperation to safeguard the planet. Although the U.S. federal government has walked away from climate action both internationally and at home, thousands of mayors, county officials, and city staff have stepped up to show that local governments can and will carry the momentum of Paris forward — and already are implementing projects to meet ambitious emissions reduction targets.

Join ICLEI USA’s Tools and Technical Director Mike Steinhoff, City of Urbana Environmental Sustainability Manger Scott Tess, and Senior City Planner at the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans Bridget Tydor in this webinar, where they will explain what Localizing the Paris Agreement looks like and maps out a path forward for local government climate action in 2018.

Research Applications in Agriculture and Water Management from ICLEI USA.

September 8, 2017


This webinar features two research presentations from Dr. Andre Dozier (Colorado State University) and Dr. Hoi-Fei Mok (ICLEI) on agriculture and water management. Based on his work in the South Platte River Basin, Dr. Dozier will speak on the trade-offs between agricultural and municipal uses of water in rapidly urbanizing, semi-arid regions. His research modeled the effectiveness of different alternative water supply and demand management scenarios. Dr. Mok will present highlights from their work in Shepparton, Australia on the feasibility of wastewater reuse for agricultural irrigation in regional cities. Their project focused on the biophysical impact on crops, public health risks, and economic feasibility.

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