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How U.S. Local Governments Contribute to Global Processes: Past, Present, and Future

September 23, 2020

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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 NYC Senior Climate Policy Advisor Dan Zarrilli, 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.

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What the U.S. House Select Committee’s Climate Crisis Report Means for Local Governments

September 2, 2020

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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.

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ICLEI Deep-Dive Webinar: Aviation Emissions in Your Community

August 20, 2020

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Hear how communities can engage their airport authority to develop informative and compliant data for tracking and reporting.

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COVID-19 and the Future of Our Cities: Green Architecture

July 28, 2020

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Unlike any other moment in recent memory, the importance of accessibility to urban green spaces and public realms has taken on new significance. The proven benefits for improving air quality, storm water management, local economies, and social cohesion have long been documented. But how do we perceive the design phase and implementation of publicly accessible realms in growing cities in a post-Covid19 world? How do we link public realms to public health strategies?

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Sink, Store, Reduce, Offset: Lessons on Consumption-Based and Forest-Carbon GHG Inventories from Philipstown, NY

July 15, 2020

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Philipstown: A Climate Smart Community will tell you about their Motivation to Act, Statewide initiatives and the NY Climate Act, along with how zoning supports conservation. ICLEI and Ecological Citizens Project walks you through Methods for Production-based GHG accounting, Consumption-based accounting GHG accounting, Survey development and delivery, Updates to the U.S. Community Protocol, and Land Use and Forestry GHG accounting

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Webinar: From Unconscious Bias to Conscious ‘Inclusifying’ in Local Governments and Environmental Organizations

July 7, 2020

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Author and Top 30 thought leader Dr. Stefanie Johnson shows why institutional diversity and inclusion is more important than ever amidst Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter. She will discuss the unconscious biases that hold us back from diversity — in city and county administration, departmental leadership, and organizations — and provide practical solutions for creating change. Participants will learn how leaders can also create more inclusive environments to improve decision-making, engagement, innovation, and equity for everyone.

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New Climate Data Insights from ICLEI, Google, and the Global Covenant of Mayors

June 19, 2020

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As local governments shift resources to manage their ongoing public health responses, they are facing unprecedented resource and capacity restraints. Google’s Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE) aims to lighten the burden of data-collection associated with greenhouse gas emissions. More cities across the United States will now have access to free, high-quality data, and actionable climate intelligence required to rapidly establish a baseline and create a pathway to achieve emission-reduction goals. Join Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, ICLEI USA, and Google in partnership with USDN for an overview of how you can put this data to work.

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Combined Heat & Power: Critical Infrastructure for Resilient Communities

March 24, 2020

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Join ICLEI and Department of Energy’s CHP Technical Assistance Partnership for a webinar about how CHP can support local governments’ goals to boost energy resilience while lowering energy costs. Panelists: Jesse Carpentier, ICLEI USA McKenzie Roberts, Southcentral and Upper-West CHP TAP, DOE Marina Badoian-Kriticos, Upper-West CHP TAP

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TEMPERATE Adaptation Planner: Tool Demonstration 2020

March 12, 2020

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Meet TEMPERATE, your local government’s adaptation planning companion. Azavea and ICLEI developed this tool as a low-cost option for communities to assess and address climate vulnerabilities. The tool puts cliamte vulnerability assessments and adaptation planning in motion — easily paired with community engagement and including outputs that satisfy Global Covenant of Mayors and state-level climate program commitments.

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GCoM USA Helpdesk Webinar 10: Governance Structures for Effective Climate Action

February 25, 2020

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This webinar cover how to sustain efforts and progress through effective governance structures and what formal actions are required for GCoM compliance.

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Reducting Flood Risk: 13 Success Stories

February 20, 2020

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Join ICLEI USA and The Pew Charitable Trusts for a webinar to discuss the culmination of Pew’s research, a report entitled “Mitigation Matters,” which identifies 13 proactive local or state policies that have effectively reduced flood risk. The report, which can be accessed here, organizes policies into three categories: 1) those leveraging existing funds for mitigation by redirecting revenue and spending, such as rebates and grants, 2) those creating revenue sources through taxes and revolving loans, and 3) those that establish smarter regulations like placing guardrails on floodplain development. During the webinar, Pew’s Matt Fuchs and Sarah Edwards will discuss key takeaways and lessons learned from the research.

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GCoM USA Helpdesk, Webinar 9: Monitoring Climate Actions

February 4, 2020

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Learn why global reporting and monitoring of climate actions are important and how your community can institute mechanisms for tracking and monitoring progress. A case story from a GCoM city will show how this has been done for one community.

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GCoM USA Helpdesk, Webinar 8: Financing Climate Action

January 14, 2020

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Learn best practices from cities what have made a commitment to tackle climate change adaptation and resilience. This webinar also will cover best practices from cities that have made a commitment to increase access to clean and affordable energy.

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Financing Reforestation in U.S. Communities

November 13, 2019

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Restoring trees in both urban and rural landscapes represents one of the largest opportunities for nature-based carbon capture in the U.S. But large-scale tree-planting (and tree-maintenance) efforts are expensive. Join Yale School of Forestry and World Resources Institute in partnership with ICLEI USA on November 12th at 1pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern to explore innovative private finance mechanisms to accelerate tree planting in communities across the U.S. Speakers: Ben Christensen, Research Principal, Yale Community Reforestation Finance Project, Master of Environmental Management Candidate at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, World Resources Institute Carbon Removal Team Theo Hooker, Research Lead, Yale Community Reforestation Finance Project Eli Yewdall, Senior Program Officer, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA

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Nature-based Solutions in Cities, Part 4: Partnerships and Finance for Nature-based Solutions

November 5, 2019

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Connecting residents to nature and enhancing wildlife habitat are not one-department activities. Cross-departmental collaboration as well as engagement with community groups, local NGOs, and schools can further goals. Meanwhile financing resilient, nature-based solutions can be the toughest challenge of implementing a green infrastructure plan. Join City of San Francisco’s Peter Brastow and Washington DC’s MaryLynn Wilhere alongside J.D. Brown, Program Manager for Biophilic Cities Network, and ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center staff, for a frank conversation on what has worked for partnerships and finance to advance nature in cities.

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GCoM USA Helpdesk Webinar 5: Community Engagement

November 5, 2019

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Join ICLEI USA and Path to Positive Communities, featurinig former Mayor of Charlotte, NC, Jennifer Roberts, to discuss community-based planning and partnership models and how to effectively address equity and centering frontline communities in the process of climae action planning.

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Including Health in Sustainability Planning: Guidebox to Healthy Places

October 9, 2019

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Human well-being is central to a sustainable, resilient community. Yet, too often health is absent from sutainability planning efforts in cities, towns, and counties. By exploring design interventions for green corridors, food access, and mobility for all, the Colorado Healthy Places Collaborative has assembled a Guidebox for Healthy Communities — useful for any community — to address health outcomes in planning. Join Colorado Center for Sustainable Urbanism’s Rocky Piro and Commerce City, CO’s Robin Kerns for a discussion on how the Guidebox can work in your community.

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GCoM USA Helpdesk Webinar 3: Global Covenant of Mayors Common Reporting Framework

September 24, 2019

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Global Covenant of Mayor’s commitments begin with establishing baseline mitigation and adaptation data. Learn the basics for creating a greenhouse-gas inventory. This webinar also will introduce the Common Reporting Framework (CRF) and the requirements of a compliant GHG Inventory under the CRF.

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GCoM USA Helpdesk Webinar 2: Introduction to Global Covenant of Mayors USA

September 10, 2019

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This webinar will introduce GCoM USA, how it was developed and what cities, counties, and regions can expect. The webinar will also cover the benefits of membership and how GCoM USA relates to other data initiatives.

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Nature-based Solutions in Cities, Part 3: Fort Collins, Pioneer City and the CitiesWithNature Journey

September 3, 2019

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CitiesWithNature was founded by ICLEI, The Nature Conservancy and The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as a shared platform for cities, researchers, practitioners, organizations, partners, communities, and individuals to unite, learn, connect, share, and inspire each other around urban nature. Endorsed by the Secretariat for the UN Convention on Biodiversity, CitiesWithNature is cities’ and counties’ space for advocacy and mainstreaming of nature in urban life, planning, policy, research, and practice. Learn from U.S. Pioneer City Fort Collins, CO, how thow the platform can be your hub for training, connection and action on nature-based solutions and biodiversity.

Green Jobs through the Green New Deal

July 31, 2019

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With the Cities of Los Angeles and New York City passing their own versions of the Green New Deal, there is a lot of momentum and real opportunity to move forward on renewable energy and green jobs at the local level. What are the common barriers to creating these green jobs and how can local governments leverage policy to make sure that frontline communities get the benefits? Christy Veeder from Jobs to Move America will discuss policy infrastructure and strategies that can create local green jobs and challenges that need to be addressed through extensive stakeholder engagement. Jessica Tovar from the Local Clean Energy Alliance will present a case study from community organizing efforts to bring local clean energy to the Bay Area through the East Bay Community Energy, the community choice aggregation program.

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GCoM USA Helpdesk Webinar 1: Reporting for the Global Covenant of Mayors with CDP and ICLEI

July 10, 2019

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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. Between June and October, the Helpdesk will provide a series of webinars to inform and support U.S. cities, counties, and regional governments. All sessions will begin at 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 18:00 Central European Time. Our first topic is GCoM Badging System and Reporting. The CDP deadline reporting is July 10. Join the June 27 kick-off with Amy Kao Project Officer, CDP Cities North America and GCoM representatives to have your badging and reporting questions answered.

Nature-based Soltuions in Cities, Part 2: Mainstreaming Nature-Based Solutions into Planning

July 09, 2019

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As the main instrument for implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity , National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) are seen as a key framework for mainstreaming considerations for wildlife and nature for nations — but can these frameworks easily scale down the city or town level? In Part 2 of the Nature-based Solutions in Cities series, with a focus on U.S. action, ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center is joined by Biophilic Cities Network and Sustainable Development Code, which recenlty relaunched an updated Wildlife Subchapter, to provide an overview of city-scale biodiversity action plans.

People with Disabilities in the Climate Emergency: Vulnerability and Adaptation

June 19, 2019

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People with disabilities are marginalized across social, economic, and environmental spheres — and especially in dangers presented by the climate emergency. This June 19, 2019, presented a conversation between Alex Ghenis, Policy and Research Specialist at the World Institute on Disability, for a discussion moderated by Dr. Hoi-Fei Mok, ICLEI USA Senior Equity Program Officer, that explained the vulnerabilities that the disability community faces, and adaptive actions we can take to protect safety and well-being.

Nature-based Solutions in Cities, Part 1: Introduction to Nature-based Solutions

May 28, 2019

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For years, ICLEI’s Cities Biodiversity Center has promoted innovation to address the complex issues surrounding natural capital and the degradation of ecosystem services in a rapidly urbanizing world. Recognizing the crucial role that local governments play in biodiversity and ecosystem management, we’re launching a year-long webinar series to ground the CBC’s work in U.S. case stories. Join ICLEI and Biophilic Cities for Part 1, May 28 at 8am Pacific / 11am Eastern, to hear from City of Milwaukee, WI’s Director of Sustainability, Erik Shambarger; Biophilic Cities Program Director J.D. Brown; and project managers for ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center’s Interact-Bio and Urban Natural Assets projects on how nature-based solutions can work in any location.

Launch an Online Solar Marketplace with ICLEI and EnergySage

April 24, 2019

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Local governments are key facilitators of local solar power in their communities, including for residential and commercial sectors. However, often logistics and staff capacity limit the ability for cities and counties to manage an effort. Solar Marketplaces remove many of these barriers through an online web portal that connects residents to qualified installers to gain free quotes with secure information sharing. ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA has partnered with EnergySage to bring the a solar marketplace platform directly to cities with minimal setup and management — but with key analytics on resident engagement. available to the City. Hear from city staff in Chula Vista, Calif., where the City customized an ICLEI Solar Marketplace to manage a solarize buying campaign. Then, learn the steps to launch a marketplace for your town or county.

Climate Action Planning in North America Experiences from 4 Canadian and American Communities-20190327 1701-1

March 27, 2019

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Countless cities, towns, and communities across North America have faced many of the same issues, challenges, and hurdles when developing their climate action plans. Yet their approaches to these challenges may be different. Join us for a free webinar hosted by the FCM-ICLEI Canada Partners for Climate Protection Program and ICLEI USA, and hear from two Canadian and American cities—Cincinnati and Sudbury—and two Canadian and American towns—Aspen and Canmore—as they share stories and lessons of their own climate action planning experiences. Speakers: Lawrence Falkin, Director, Office of Environment and Sustainability, City of Cincinnati Jennifer Babin-Fenske, Coordinator of EarthCareSudbury Initiatives, City of Greater Sudbury Chris Menges, Sustainability Programs Administrator, Climate Action Office, City of Aspen Lori Rissling Wynn, Sustainability Coordinator/Development Planner, Town of Canmore Moderated by Kale Roberts, ICLEI USA, and Sarah Shenstone-Harris, ICLEI Canada

Exposed & Closest: Climate, Poverty and Homelessness from CAKE on Vimeo.

March 20, 2019

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This webinar focuses on the intersection of climate change, poverty, and homelessness, led by a “poverty Skola” from POOR Magazine, a poor people led/indigenous people led, grassroots non-profit, arts organization dedicated to providing revolutionary media access, art, education and advocacy to silenced youth, adults and elders in poverty. The poorest among us know that climate change exacerbates the challenge of the day to day. When people are already struggling to get by without shelter, clothing, or food in places hit by gentrification, displacement, and poverty, emergencies like wildfire or hurricanes will cause another crisis in impossible situations. Some may also be driven to poverty due to climate change and forced migration or become unhoused during climate crises. Access to scant resources for recovery is often complicated by immigration status, age, race, gender, disability, mental health, and other factors that impede the ability to get one’s paperwork in order. While these stories reveal the struggles faced by those living in poverty, they also demonstrate the community resilience and real solutions, beginning with redefining who is centered closest to the crisis of Mama Earth change aka Climate change and the concept of Poverty Scholarship itself, a poor people-led theory to redefine the voices of poor peoples in crisis as experts, rather than “subjects” of research to be talked about us without us. These are seen in the programs run by POOR Magazine called Homefulness. The Camp Fire in Paradise, CA will be used as a case study to discuss crisis points and homelessness, as well as solutions like Unselling Mama Earth, Radical Redistribution & land liberation projects like Homefulness.

Bridging the Gap Between City Sustainability and Land Use Planning with ICLEI USA and UrbanFootprint

March 20, 2019

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We’re partnering with UrbanFootprint, a Berkeley-based location intelligence and urban planning software company, to bring extra support to local governments striving to address the challenges of climate change with smart land-use consideration. As part of this partnership, new UrbanFootprint Civic customers will get a no-cost, one-year ICLEI membership, and current ICLEI members will receive a discount to purchase UrbanFootprint’s planning and analysis software. Hear from City staff from Honolulu and Madison on an info webinar.

July 18, 2018

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Tracking progress in GHG mitigation can be a challenging exercise. Time between data points might be several years in length, the resolution of the data is often coarse, and the task in mitigation action is to manage a dynamic system that is open to many other factors that influence outcomes. In addition, many types of actions are diffuse throughout the community and rely on the individual decisions of many actors. In these types of circumstances, an approach known as “Contribution Analysis” can offer insights to the many factors working for and against the intended outcome. In this webinar, you’ll hear from ICLEI USA experts along with Cities of Bellevue, WA; Aspen, CO; and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments on how they are using this approach to determine the drivers of their jurisdictions’ GHG emissions.


New York City Fossil Fuel Divestment: How Divestment Protects Pensions and the Planet

May 22, 2018

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Done appropriately, fossil fuel divestment not only sends a strong market signal on climate action, but it also:
• Helps ensure the long-term sustainability of pension funds by significantly reducing investment risk
• Potentially decreases long-term taxpayer contributions to pension funds
• Protects those who rely on the pension funds for their retirement

We cover why New York City is pursuing divestment as part of a comprehensive climate action program, the financial outlook for the fossil fuel industry today and in the future, the evolving nature of fiduciary duty in light of climate change, and the perspective of labor on divestment.

Speakers:
• Daniel Zarrilli, Senior Director of Climate Policy and Programs, NYC Mayor’s Office
• Tom Sanzillo, Director of Finance at IEEFA and former First Deputy Comptroller of New York State
• Susannah Vickers, Executive Director for Pensions, Office of NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer
• Lisa Anne Hamilton, Director, Climate & Energy Program, Center for International Environmental Law
• Henry Garrido, Executive Director, AFSCME District 37

Webinar produced in partnership with: NYC Mayor’s Office, NYC Climate, Mayors Innovation Project, C40 Cities, ICLEI, Elected Officials to Protect New York


Announcing Temperate, Your Adaptation Planning Companion

April 4, 2018

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ICLEI USA partners with the Heinrich Böll Foundation to present a case study on just transitions for coal communities. Over decades, coal mining and burning has played an important role for energy production in Germany and the US. The economy of many regions was dominated by coal for a long time. But with coal being less and less competitive, declining jobs and the coal sector being one of the biggest polluters, these communities in both countries now experience big changes and challenges.

A Just Transition: The Way Forward for Coal Communities

April 5, 2018

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ICLEI USA partners with the Heinrich Böll Foundation to present a case study on just transitions for coal communities. Over decades, coal mining and burning has played an important role for energy production in Germany and the US. The economy of many regions was dominated by coal for a long time. But with coal being less and less competitive, declining jobs and the coal sector being one of the biggest polluters, these communities in both countries now experience big changes and challenges.


City-University Collaborations on Sustainability and Climate from ICLEI USA.

January 31, 2018

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Collaboration between universities and their local governments on sustainability initiatives has proven these partnerships can lead to precipitous action on climate change and accelerate community-wide benefits. Throughout 2017, ICLEI USA hosted two graduate interns from University of Colorado-Boulder who dived into an analysis of “town-gown” collaborations on sustainability and climate — producing a number of case studies to support their findings.

Join this January 31, 2018, webinar features researchers Katelyn Manzer and Samuel Krasnobrod, are joined by University of Northern Iowa Energy Manager Eric Giddens to present analysis of these city-university networks and explore several projects that have shown how institutional synergies can be leveraged as catalysts for change.


Localizing the Paris Agreement: Local Government Climate Action and the Road Ahead from ICLEI USA.

January 12, 2018

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In December 2015, after years of negotiations, 197 countries made a commitment to work together to address climate change. The Paris Climate Agreement is seen as a turning point for global climate policy and the ability for international cooperation to safeguard the planet. Although the U.S. federal government has walked away from climate action both internationally and at home, thousands of mayors, county officials, and city staff have stepped up to show that local governments can and will carry the momentum of Paris forward — and already are implementing projects to meet ambitious emissions reduction targets.

Join ICLEI USA’s Tools and Technical Director Mike Steinhoff, City of Urbana Environmental Sustainability Manger Scott Tess, and Senior City Planner at the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans Bridget Tydor in this webinar, where they will explain what Localizing the Paris Agreement looks like and maps out a path forward for local government climate action in 2018.


Research Applications in Agriculture and Water Management from ICLEI USA.

September 8, 2017

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This webinar features two research presentations from Dr. Andre Dozier (Colorado State University) and Dr. Hoi-Fei Mok (ICLEI) on agriculture and water management. Based on his work in the South Platte River Basin, Dr. Dozier will speak on the trade-offs between agricultural and municipal uses of water in rapidly urbanizing, semi-arid regions. His research modeled the effectiveness of different alternative water supply and demand management scenarios. Dr. Mok will present highlights from their work in Shepparton, Australia on the feasibility of wastewater reuse for agricultural irrigation in regional cities. Their project focused on the biophysical impact on crops, public health risks, and economic feasibility.

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