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Leading with Local Action: 2 Webinars Show Local Governments What’s Next for City Sustainability Action

Webinar 1: Webinar: What the House Select Committee’s Climate Crisis Report Means for Local Governments

Date: 2 September | 2:00pm EST / 8:00pm CET

Local governments are on the front lines of the climate crisis, implementing sustainability programs and land use decisions that directly affect the climate preparedness of their communities. Based on extensive consultation with stakeholders and experts, including local leaders and elected officials, the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on the Climate Crisis majority staff issued a report in June 2020, “Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America.” Acknowledging the important role of local planning, the Select Committee report includes an array of recommendations for how Congress should empower the federal government to be a strong partner to local communities for climate preparedness, adaptation, and resilience. Join ICLEI elected leadership and House Committee experts for a presentation of the Select Committee’s report, key recommendations that affect local climate planning, and next steps for implementation.

Webinar 2: Leading with Local Action: U.S. Local Governments Contribute to Global Processes Past, Present, Future

Date: 23 September | 11:00am EST / 5:00pm CET

September 2020 marks the 30 years since a group of emboldened mayors asserted the local contribution to global sustainability in what would come to be called the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, the founding of ICLEI. Today, the advocacy on behalf of cities, towns, and regions continues around climate, biodiversity, health and equity action — with important opportunities for U.S. local governments over the coming year. Join California State Senator Nancy Skinner, an original architect of the ICLEI Charter and local-to-global champion, alongside researcher Ben Leffel and ICLEI Director of Global Policy Yunus Arikan for a look into how U.S. cities counties continue to assert their leadership: past, present, and future.