Local Leadership, Global Influence: Be part of ICLEI’s Regional Executive Committee 2021-2024

Every three years, ICLEI Members are invited to take part in elections of the Regional Executive Committee (RexCom). The RexCom guides ICLEI USA’s and ICLEI Candada’s strategic direction in sustainable development across North America. Taking an active part in ICLEI’s governance is an excellent opportunity for any committed local government leader to represent their city, […]

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Pressing Forward: Local Government Climate and Sustainability Staff Speak to Uncertainty Amid Global Health Crisis

During the global pandemic and the associated local health crises created by the novel Coronavirus, local sustainability and resilience staff are experiencing a significant upheaval in their programming, budgets, and daily life. As many are able to switch to remote-working arrangements, uncertainty remains for many of their projects. Here we capture some of the initial […]

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‘Leading with Local Action’ report shows U.S. local governments upholding their end of the climate deal

As the leading network of U.S. local governments working to build a just, resilient, and sustainable future, ICLEI USA is committed to meeting our member governments—including 53 new members—where they are with industry-leading tools, protocols, and 2,112 hours of direct technical assistance last year. This Leading with Local Action report recounts some of the insights […]

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ICLEI and Indiana University Help 11 Communities Develop GHG-Reduction Plans

Eleven Indiana cities will be developing plans in 2020 to address greenhouse gas emissions as part of the next phase of an Indiana University program. Building on the success of the 2019 Resilience Cohort program, local governments will be working with IU students and staff to identify actions, policies, and programs to reduce emissions, an […]

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Three Decades of Local Sustainability: ICLEI at 30 Enters Next ‘Decade of Local Action’

In 2020, ICLEI celebrates 30 years of advancing local-level sustainability action. Read our founding documents compiled by researcher Ben Leffel and housed in the University of California-Irvine archives, check this page for updates and our year-long #ICLEI30 communications campaign on social media, where we’ll be highlighting the people and places who have shaped ICLEI USA […]

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ICLEI members tackling climate change invited to apply for $25,000 Keeling Curve Prize

The following guest post from the Keeling Curve Prize committee provides the ICLEI USA network with a call to appy for the next prize cycle, deadline February 10, 2020. Especially at a time when Americans cannot look to Washington for leadership on climate action, local initiatives are essential for demonstrating practical and effective ways to […]

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Response: As the U.S. Pursues Paris Agreement Withdrawal, Hundreds of U.S. Communities Stand Firm on Climate Action

Today, the United States formally withdrew the country from the Paris Agreement. Ratified three years ago by 187 nations, including the U.S., this international climate agreement is essential to ensuring a safe, just, and livable future for all Americans and for people and nature across the planet. The administration’s decision to withdrawal does not represent […]

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Global Covenant of Mayors USA Helpdesk Webinar Series

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) USA Helpdesk provides administrative, logistical, and technical support to signatory cities, as well as those cities interested in joining the initiative and other stakeholders. Running through February 2020, the Helpdesk provided a series of webinars to inform and support U.S. cities, counties, and regional governments. […]

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ICLEI’s Takeways from the UN Climate Action and SDG Summits 2019

Last update October 03, 2019 On September 23, 2019, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, will host the Climate Action Summit in New York with the objective of boosting ambition and rapidly accelerating action to implement the Paris Agreement. The Summit will take place during the UN General Assembly where other complementary events […]

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Communities Now Better Equipped to Include Trees in Climate Action Planning

Forests sequester about one third of greenhouse gas emissions, yet only a handful of U.S. communities include trees in GHG inventories. Washington, D.C. (August 19, 2019) – Today, ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEI) unveiled new guidance that enables U.S. cities and counties to include forests and trees within their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions accounting, […]

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