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 USA Congratulates Climate Mayors’ Leadership Announcements

Climate Mayors announced that Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will become the next Chair of the nationwide peer-to-peer network of U.S.  mayors.  Mayor Turner will fill a vacancy created by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who leaves the city and his post at Climate Mayors to become labor secretary in the Biden-Harris administration.  ICLEI Local Governments for […]

ICLEI Action Plan for Biden-Harris First 100 Days

When his inauguration as the forty-sixth President of the United States is complete, Joe Biden will reenter the U.S. into the Paris Climate Agreement. This action will help to create positive momentum around the world, aligning some of the world’s biggest economies and political powers around climate action. To strengthen the power of these goals, […]

Local action upholding the Paris Agreement – five-year anniversary review

As we look forward to our national government reengaging in global climate action, let’s look back at how local action supported the Paris Agreement since its ratification. In the last five years, local governments have diligently implemented integrated, science-based, and engaging action – three focuses of the Paris Agreement. Together, these three areas build communities’ […]

Kelly Takaya King, Maui Hawaii County Councilmember, Joins Board of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEI USA) welcomes Kelly Takaya King, Maui Hawaii County Councilmember, to its Board of Directors. “I am truly honored to join this impressive group and look forward to action-oriented discussions on renewable energy, managed retreat, and other solutions to our climate crisis,” said Councilmember King. “I’m especially excited to bring […]

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 […]