‘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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How Does ICLEI Support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals?

The following communication is provided to the ICLEI member community by ICLEI Global Head of Policy, Yunus Arikan, to explain the the history and role of ICLEI in international sustainability policy. This background is provided to support ICLEI’s agenda during the High-level Polical Forum, the United Nations’ central platform for reviewing the Sustainable Development Goals […]

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New Paltz, NY, Awarded ICLEI Milestone Award for Data-Driven Climate Action with First GHG Inventories

New Paltz, NY – July 10, 2019 –  The Town and Village of New Paltz, New York, have completed their first community greenhouse gas inventories to quantify community-wide greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. For their efforts, the Town and Village of New Paltz have each achieved Milestone 1 of the ICLEI framework […]

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