ICLEI President, Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie, Commends Inflation Reduction Act Signing, Shows How U.S. Local Governments Can Achieve Carbon Neutrality

Local leaders and communities are on the frontlines of the climate crisis. The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) empowers communities and leaders to implement more equitable climate solutions. Through IRA, the United States will meaningfully reduce GHG emissions and strengthen community resilience to climate change. “This is a historic investment of $369 billion for the country. […]

City and County Leaders Launch ICLEI150 Race to Resilience in the United States

Today, ICLEI USA announced its support of U.S. local and regional governments in the Cities Race to Resilience, a global initiative of the United Nations that aims to build the resilience of 4 billion vulnerable people globally to climate risks.  On the occasion of the ICLEI World Congress Malmö Summit; 4 cities, towns, and counties […]

What is a Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Why is it Important?

Through the application of standardized methods and protocols, greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories calculate, quantify, and assess community associated emissions and their sources. Inventories can be conducted of emissions from a country; from the operations of an entity like a corporation, university or government; or for a local community. A community-scale inventory captures the emissions associated […]

Science-Based Targets for U.S. Communities

Science-based targets (SBTs) are climate goals in line with the latest climate science. They represent your community’s fair share of the ambition necessary to meet the Paris Agreement commitment to keep warming below 1.5 °C. To achieve this goal, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that we must reduce global emissions by 50% […]

City and County Leaders Crucial to Meeting U.S. Climate Commitments

The historic Paris Climate Agreement recognized local governments as critical to achieving global climateoutcomes. Nations cannot succeed without the full and active participation of local communities, led byelected officials who demonstrate bold action. The delegation of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEI) leaders at the UNFCCC’s 26thConference of the Parties (COP26) underscores the […]