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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What’s Driving Changes in Local GHG Emissions? Report Outlines Results from Contribution Analysis

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA released at Global Climate Action Summit a report summarizing the major determinants of community-scale performance in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Released in partnership with numerous other reports detailing the scale of action among business, regions, and local government, this analysis is the first to report on the collective progress of the […]

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Case Study: New York City Moves to Divest Pension Funds from Billions of Dollars in Fossil Fuel Reserves

When NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Comptroller Scott Stringer and several trustees of the city’s pension funds announced the city would divest from fossil fuel reserve owners by 2022, the move positioned NYC at the center of the divestment movement. Over the past few years, many cities, from Berlin to Berkeley and Melbourne to Dunedin, […]

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ICLEI World Congress Comes to North America

Mayor Valérie Plante of Montréal, Canada, inviting ICLEI Members and partners to join the ICLEI World Congress in June 2018. In our increasingly urban world, cities and their surrounding regions have a growing influence on global patterns of production, consumption, innovation and technological development. At the same time, they are experiencing rapid change, brought about […]

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A Photo Reflection of U.S. Local Governments at COP23

America’s Pledge to the Paris Agreement and the commitment to see it through was indeed a top story line at COP23, the 23rd annual installment of the Conference of the Parties climate talks organized by the United Nations’ climate body. During the two weeks of the conference, held Nov. 6-17, 2017, the delegation of U.S. […]

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U.S. Local Elected Leaders Join Peoples Delegation for Climate Action Town Hall at COP23

The text of this post originally appeared on ICLEI Global’s CityTalk Blog. The livestream recording above was made possible by the We Are Still In campaign, U.S. Climate Mayors, and America’s Pledge. We thank our partner organizations for reporting out on this ICLEI-350.org event. On 11 November at the U.S. Climate Action Center at COP23, […]

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Localizing the Paris Agreement: A Guide for Local Government Action in Support of the U.S. Nationally Determined Contribution

About This Guide In December 2015, after years of negotiations, 197 countries made a commitment to work together to address climate change. The Paris Climate Agreement came into force on November 4, 2016, and is seen as a turning point for global climate policy and the ability for international cooperation to safeguard the planet. Despite […]

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Toward 1.5 Degrees: ICLEI USA 2016 Annual Report

Spurred by calls from the communities most exposed to climate change impacts, the Paris Climate Agreement set the ambitious goal of limiting the end-of-century global average temperature increase to 1.5° Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. The Paris Agreement includes Nationally Determined Contributions, reductions in GHG emissions by country — which offer this reality: […]

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