Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea Appointed ICLEI USA Board Chair

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEI USA) announces today the appointment of Brigid Shea, Commissioner of Travis County, Texas, as Chair of the organization’s Board of Directors, which also welcomes new Board Member Meghna Tare, Director of Sustainability for University of Texas at Arlington. “Local communities and governments are on the front lines in the […]

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Town of Philipstown and ICLEI Release Innovative Forest Carbon and Consumption-based GHG Inventory

Town of Philipstown releases one of New York State’s most comprehensive and innovative greenhouse-gas (GHG) inventories completed by a local jurisdiction. In its Sink, Store, Reduce, Offset report, the Town moves beyond traditional approaches to inventory climate-warming emissions to include considerations for forests and land use along with household consumption patterns. Read the full report […]

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10 Communities Named U.S. Pioneers to the CitiesWithNature Platform

On today’s occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity, 10 cities, towns, and counties are recognized as the United States Pioneers to the CitiesWithNature platform. Each of the cities to join CitiesWithNature shares policies, plans and committed actions to protect nature, prioritize nature-based solutions to climate change, account for ecosystem services and make sure […]

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20 Pennsylvania Communities Develop Local Climate Action Plans

Twenty municipalities are developing plans to manage the risks of climate change impacts in their communities, using tools and expertise provided by the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) and ICLEI USA. “Many Pennsylvania communities have seen significant damage to their homes, businesses, and infrastructure from extreme flooding in recent years,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. […]

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Pressing Forward: ICLEI Remote-Succes Packs Support Sustainability Momentum

During the health crisis 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 their projects. In an effort to maintain momentum on climate and sustainability programming, ICLEI offers our remote-success […]

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ICLEI Cohort of Mountain Towns Remains Committed to Reducing Climate Impacts

Taking a long-range view of community resilience, 23 cities, towns, and counties from across the U.S. mountain west have joined a collaborative effort to inventory their greenhouse gas emissions as a fundamental step to determine how to reduce their local contribution to climate change. As mountain towns whose economies are largely based on recreation-based tourism, […]

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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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