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

ICLEI150 is an  ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEI USA) initiative. During 2021, ICLEI USA will support 150 U.S. local governments in the Cities Race to Zero through the development of their 2030 science-based emission reduction target and guidance to implement at least one high-impact action. Participants receive ICLEI USA’s support to achieve […]

CDP-ICLEI Unified Reporting System Webinars

To kick off this year’s reporting cycle, CDP and ICLEI are hosting webinars to help you get started if it’s your first time, or if you’ve reported before, we will highlight recent changes to the Cities questionnaire and explain how our partnership supports your city. Both webinars will run twice, so feel free to sign up for […]

New Tool for Measuring Forest Emissions and Sequestration

Increasing carbon sequestration and reducing emissions from local forests and trees plays a key role in climate change mitigation. Land use, land-use change, and forestry resulted in a net offset of 12.3 percent of the United State’s total 2019 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To better understand local GHGs from forests, communities can now use the […]

ICLEI’s North American Governing Committee Supports a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership with Local-Level Action

The Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership establishes a blueprint for an ambitious and whole-of-government effort against the COVID-19 pandemic, while addressing some of the most pressing challenges confronting our region, including climate change, global health security, cooperation on defense and security, and our two nations’ shared commitment to diversity, equity, and justice. As the […]

U.S. Cities are NOT Vastly Undercounting Emissions

City climate accounting standards are consistent methods that capture emissions most policy-relevant to local governments For Immediate Release: 02/05/21 On February 2, 2021, Nature Communications published a study whose results indicate an under-reporting of city-level greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across 48 U.S. cities. The GHG accounting method in the study is atypical in local GHG […]

U.S. Mayors Bring Local Recommendation to White House Climate Leadership

On January 27 “Climate Day”, President Biden released Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. The order calls for putting the climate crisis at the center of U.S. foreign policy and national security through a government-wide approach, while securing environmental justice and spurring economic opportunity. These issues are ones that mayors […]

ICLEI’s Regional Executive Committee 2021 – 2024

Our election for the ICLEI Regional Executive Committee is underway. The Regional Executive Committee, or RexCom, provides an international platform for city and county leaders to drive organizational strategies for ICLEI’s North America region. RexCom members represent ICLEI North America at regional and international meetings and provide input to ICLEI’s Global Executive Committee, our highest […]

Circular Economy Principles can Drive the Clean Energy Economy: Reflecting form GreenBiz VERGE 18 Summit

In mid-October 2018, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend VERGE 18 – a high-powered conference dedicated to accelerate a clean economy. The conference – hosted by GreenBiz – took place in Oakland, California, and brought together professionals in fields as (seemingly) disparate as as technology, business, government, transportation, and materials science. The conference convened […]

GHG Contribution Analysis Toolkit Released

Contribution analysis results for City of Aspen, CO for their 2011 and 2014 inventories ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability USA released today a new methodology to measure performance in greenhouse gas inventories by analyzing major external factors that determine year-to-year results. Supported by financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Cities Leading through […]