The National League of Cities (NLC) has partnered with ecoAmerica to launch a new climate solutions program for municipalities. ecoAmerica is a national climate communications and engagement group that will work with to provide resources and tools on climate change and resiliency solutions.
In a blog post announcing the program, Cooper Martin and Daniel Barry line up the rationale –
Through local climate action, cities can improve the environment and boost local economies, employment and energy independence at the same time. They can create jobs, build climate-smart transportation, and spur investments in solar and wind power that slash utility bills, give residents choices about where they get their energy, and broadly increase their communities’ livability.
The new program is a part of NLC’s Sustainable Cities Institute (SCI), which provides convening opportunities, direct technical assistance and leadership training for cities to mitigate and adapt to the effects of a changing climate. SCI helps cities identify and implement proven strategies to preserve clean air, clean water, and clean land.
In addition to the new program, NLC released four guides to help start conversations at the city level. The guides feature best practices for sharing information about the climate and having productive conversations with community stakeholders around resiliency.
NLC and ecoAmerica say they plan to have follow-on webinars, guides and additional programming on climate for NLC members going forward.