U.S. cities to take action for nature unlike ever before with free Biodiversity Bootcamp

Communities will learn to finance nature-based solutions, integrate biodiversity within climate and sustainability action plans, and advocate through UN channels To prioritize nature-based solutions during the “Super Year for Nature” — a year when the global community is calling for nature to have its “Paris Agreement” moment —  ICLEI USA is hosting a six-part “Biodiversity […]

Urbana, Illinois, Leads a Regional Biodiversity Planning Process with CitiesWithNature

A member of ICLEI USA, the City of Urbana, Ill., joined the CitiesWithNatureAction Platform to channel its previous nature and urban biodiversity work into a nationwide initiative, outlined by Sustainability & Resilience Officer Scott R. Tess in ICLEI Global’s 23rd Post 2020 Biodiversity Roadmap Webinar Series. Tess said that one of Urbana’s nature-based initiatives includes […]

The City of Austin, the City of Oberlin, and the City of San José Explore What It Means to Be an Equitably Sustainable City

“A truly resilient community is only achievable when natural and built environments support cohesive communities in which all residents have a voice and where diversity and cultural identities are woven into the social fabric.” This core tenet of ICLEI’s Equitable and People-Centered Pathway is a reminder to build just, inclusive, and livable communities.  Equity is […]

Three Innovative ICLEI USA Cities Utilizing Nature-Based Solutions

Introduction to Nature-Based Solutions Nature is the life-support system for our society. In this “super year for nature”, when the global community will seek to provide an ambitious deal for nature, we are inspired by stories of how local governments are leading the way in safeguarding their communities by implementing nature-based solutions, connecting residents to […]

Climate Action Funding Opportunity: Action Fund

We are delighted to announce an incredible opportunity to develop and deploy highly visible and replicable projects that demonstrate community-led, data-driven, and lasting innovation in local climate action through the Action Fund! Made possible through funding from Google.org, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA, Inc. (ICLEI USA) is accepting expressions of interest (EOI) from nonprofit […]

The Power of Podcasts: ICLEI USA Members Share Climate Action Stories with City Climate Corner

Sharing Climate Action Stories ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability is the first and largest global network of local and regional governments dedicated to advocating, collaborating, and sharing about local climate action to create a fair, sustainable future for all.  The ICLEI USA network consists of over 300 members passionate about local action that follows low […]

Modernizing the U.S. Community Protocol

About the U.S. Community Protocol (USCP) Greenhouse gas protocols provide authoritative guidance for communities to account for carbon pollution accurately and consistently. ICLEI USA led the development of the USCP in 2010.  The USCP is the industry-standard for community-scale inventories, with detailed methods tailored to the needs and data availability of US local governments. The […]

How Local Governments Support Community-Led Food Systems Transformation

In May 2021, ICLEI and the City of New Haven, CT’s Food System Policy Division hosted the North American Local Food Dialogue on Inclusive Food Systems to inform and contribute to the cities and counties proceedings of the UN Food Systems Summit in September. More than 40 local government stakeholders, including local government staff and […]

4 Ways Google EIE Transformed Transportation Data Collection

Local governments need high-quality, consistent data to plan and achieve their transportation goals. To help meet this need, Google’s Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE) makes locally-relevant, regularly-updated data more accessible than ever.  EIE provides local governments with a streamlined platform to access transportation and building emissions data and rooftop solar capacity that is powered by Google’s […]