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Cities + Solutions

A resident-centered bike-share program. Radical budget restructuring. Holistic, equitable heat plans. From Pittsburgh to Phoenix, cities across the U.S. are taking community-driven climate action. These six case studies chronicle surprising and inspiring climate initiatives through stories of cities leading the way.


Tree City USA

The Tree City USA program provides communities with a four-step framework to maintain and grow their tree cover. It also gives them an avenue to celebrate their work, showing residents, visitors, and the entire country that they’re committed to the mission of environmental change.


NOAA tool now brings disaster risk, vulnerability down to community level

A comprehensive update to NOAA’s Billion Dollar Disasters mapping tool now includes U.S. census tract data – providing many users with local community-level awareness of hazard risk, exposure and vulnerability across more than 100 combinations of weather and climate hazards.


NASA, FEMA Release Comprehensive Climate Action Guide

NASA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have released a guide that provides resources for adapting to and mitigating impacts of climate change. The guide, Building Alliances for Climate Action, includes various perspectives, stories, insights, and resources about climate change to help individuals and organizations make informed decisions.


Building Alliances

Now, more than ever, Whole Community partnerships will be critical in creating more resilient communities for present and future generations. Alliances built at the Resilient Nation Partnership Network among partners help drive action at the national, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels. These collaborations work toward improving equity and resilience.


Bringing Infrastructure Home: A 50-State Report on U.S. Home Electrification

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) has introduced the Zero-Emission Homes Act of 2021. The bill seeks to make household electrification easy and affordable through consumer rebates for modern, zero emission electric appliances, with additional support for low- and moderate-income households.


The Solutions Project

The Solutions Project is an organization first conceived in 2011 by prominent figures in science, business and the entertainment media with the goal of utilizing the combined efforts of individuals in the fields of science, business and culture to accelerate the transition to 100% renewable energy use in the United States. Based on the results of academic research, the organization maintains that America is capable of meeting its entire energy needs through renewable energy sources, and that this goal can be achieved by the year 2050.


Climate Emergency, Urban Opportunity

A new report from the Coalition for Urban Transitions finds that leadership from national governments is essential for achieving equitable and sustainable economic development in cities.


Modelling for Sustainable Development: New decisions for a new age

This book provides a detailed overview of models used in designing projects and policies that integrate sustainable development considerations and objectives.


Align with Resilient Communities for America

Resilient Communities for America champions the leadership of hundreds of local elected officials who commit to creating more prepared communities that can bounce back from extreme weather, energy, and economic challenges.