Communities

COMMUNITIES

COMMUNITIES

As the United States government has stepped away from playing a major role in slowing climate change, towns, cities, municipalities, and states have stepped forward, encouraging 100% renewable energy through delivering clean electricity to their communities, supporting the deployment of electric vehicles, and increasing the resilience of the electricity grid to the impacts of climate change.

You can see this in states like New York and California which are, on multiple levels, encouraging solar and wind; Louisiana’s commitment to electric buses; cities like Washington D.C. developing a plan to adapt to a changing climate, and local communities like East Hampton, Long Island supporting offshore wind in its effort to become 100% renewable.

Discover the many ways your community can fight climate change.

6 THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

  • 1 JOIN "WE ARE STILL IN"

    Join forces with mayors, county executives, governors, tribal leaders, university leaders, businesses, faith groups, and investors to declare continued climate action support to meet the Paris Agreement.

    WE ARE STILL IN
  • 2 INSTALL SOLAR RESPONSIBLY

    When installing solar, make the land hospitable for bees. Pollinator friendly solar sites are a growing trend that help provide the nutrition and habitat that bees and butterflies need.

    UTILITY DIVE
  • 3 INVEST IN WIND FARMS

    In Colorado, the wind power generation saved 4 billion gallons of water that coal and gas plants would have used and avoided 8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

    COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE
  • 4 FOUR WAYS FOR CITIES TO COOL DOWN

    From reflective roofing, dynamic shades, water cooling, and sky gardens, see what cities like New York and Abu Dhabi are doing to cool the environment.

    THE GUARDIAN
  • 5 PLANT A GARDEN

    Commit to ten regenerative gardening principles that serve both the environment and the soil.

    GREEN AMERICA
  • 6 CERTIFY AS A WILDLIFE HABITAT

    Anyone can create a welcoming haven for local wildlife, and becoming certified can help maintain or reconnect fragmented habitats. Requirements are in the areas of food, water, cover, places to raise young, and sustainable practices.

    NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION

KEY RESOURCES

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

07/19/21
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…

The Solutions Project

03/07/21
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,…

Climate Emergency, Urban Opportunity

10/01/20
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

10/01/20
This book provides a detailed overview of models used in designing projects and policies that integrate sustainable development considerations and objectives.

Environmental Insights Explorer

06/11/19
Impact begins with insights. Explore data to make informed decisions and inspire action. Explore estimated carbon emissions from transportation and buildings, rooftop solar energy potential, and NASA climate forecasts, derived from Google’s proprietary data and…

United States Climate Alliance

06/07/19
The United States Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Smart, coordinated state action can ensure that the United States…

Ready for 100

06/07/19
The Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 initiative is challenging cities and communities to commit to 100% renewable energy, no later than 2050. Over 40 cities have already committed.

Ten Ways Your Community Can Go Solar

03/01/19
The United States has enough solar energy installed to power over 11 million American homes. America’s cities and towns play a key role in driving the adoption of clean, renewable energy. Yet, most have only…

Align with Resilient Communities for America

02/20/19
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.

Pathways to 100: An Energy Supply Transformation Primer for US Cities 2017

01/01/17
While many cities do not have full control over their energy systems, cities can deploy a range of policy tools and strategies to influence their energy supply. This paper provides a high-level map of pathways…

MORE WAYS TO TAKE ACTION

Over 1,000 scientists from around the world take to the streets

04/15/22
The protest came after a report from the UN stated humanity only has three more years to curb greenhouse gas emissions and avoid climate-related disasters...

States are moving too slowly to guard the nation’s infrastructure

11/28/21
Responding to increasingly common extreme weather is a vast undertaking that many state transportation departments are only beginning to tackle.

7 Important Ways You Can Help Relieve Extreme Heat Caused by Climate Change

07/15/21
This past June was the hottest June in the recorded history of the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Rising temperatures have been felt all around the world with countries in Europe,…

5 Smart Tricks to Green Your Tech

04/27/21
In this edition of Small Acts, Big Impact we look at some simple steps to help lighten the load of modern technology.

Ten Ways Your Community Can Go Solar: A Toolkit for Cities and Towns

03/06/20
The United States has enough solar energy installed to power over 11 million American homes. America’s cities and towns play a key role in driving the adoption of clean, renewable energy. Yet, most have only…

One Thing We Can Do: Fix Recycling

01/15/20
Recycling in the United States is broken.For years, we relied heavily on recycling operations in China to take our waste. But that came to an end in 2018, when Beijing barred the import of recycling…

Environment of greater concern than housing or terrorism – UK poll

07/21/19
Concerns over climate crisis growing among British public, poll findings revealProtecting the environment has overtaken affordable housing and the threat of terrorism in the British public’s policy priorities over the last eight months, polling has…

Britain’s first climate assembly: can it help fix democracy too?

07/19/19
At meeting of randomly selected Londoners there are differing views but a respectful tone In an airless library in north London, 56 people are trying to help fix not one global crisis but two. There…

‘The impact is tremendous’: readers on wildflower verges

07/18/19
Readers share how wildflowers are bringing colour and life to previously sterile green spaces Catastrophic news for insect life has inspired communities and councils around the UK to take action, generating splashes of summer colour…

Take part in Community Composting

06/03/19
Greener neighborhoods, improved local soils, and enhanced food security are just a few benefits. Find a trove of composting resources here.

Oslo, Norway to install wireless electric chargers for taxi fleet

03/25/19
Oslo, Norway is poised to become the first city in the world to use wireless fast-charging infrastructure for its taxi fleet, in part of an effort to deploy only electric taxis by the year 2023.

You can also float your solar panels

02/20/19
10/19/18 These floating panels are the first of its kind in Colorado and only the fifth in the U.S., and could completely power the town’s drinking water facility.

Urban cities can have solar too

02/20/19
10/22/18 Solar is popping up in Manhattan and Brooklyn, where panels are being installed atop brownstones, warehouses, affordable housing and post-war high-rises.

Innovate, solve problems, and work together

02/20/19
The American Cities Initiative helps leaders address climate change and encourages artists, residents, and entrepreneurs to uplift cities and solve problems.

Take part in the CVF Virtual Summit

02/20/19
The online summit aims to inspire leaders, and increase support for for safeguarding vulnerable people and countries from climate change danger.

10 action ideas from Rise for Climate to organize and mobilize

02/20/19
This great list gives step-by-step action suggestions for kids, individuals and communities  to stop fossil fuel projects.

Brainstorm an urban data strategy

02/20/19
2/18/18 Start with data to tackle energy efficiency, and fund innovation. Find strategies, training, and a roadmap here.  

Engage on social media

02/20/19
The Recycling Partnership’s free kit makes social media easy– whether you’re planning an annual content calendar or need a quick visual on the go. It includes 52 social media posts with both images and texts.

Celebrate American Wind Week

02/20/19
Wind power is America’s No. 1 source of renewable energy. Celebrate by declaring American Wind Week with an official proclamation.

Launch a Solar Project

02/20/19
8/20/15 Despite limited government funding, one Aboriginal group is launching a community-owned and operated solar project in northern Alberta.

Nine low-tech steps to making a difference

02/20/19
3/22/12 From drought-resistant landscaping to light-colored roofing, this is a great list of things communities can do to reduce the warming trajectory.

Donate surplus food

08/15/18
Create a food action plan and track progress on reducing, recycling and donating surplus food. Denver aims for a 57% reduction of residential food waste in the city's trash collection by 2030.

Make art for social change with these tips, tutorials, and workshops

08/15/18
Step by step instructions for making your own climate art, signs, reverse graffiti, parachute banner, even a carbon bubble!

Organize a lawsuit

08/15/18
Boulder and San Miguel Counties in Colorado have sued Exxon Mobil and Suncor Energy for their contribution to climate change. Build momentum and foster solidarity by following suit.

Form an Innovation Council

08/15/18
Create an Innovation Advisory Council and invite representatives to address your community’s urgent challenges.

Convert concrete areas to green spaces

08/15/18
8/16/18 Paris is launching Project Oasis, a plan to convert the concrete schoolyards of Paris into “islands of cool” providing respite from the heat, and cooling the city.

Portland, Oregon Wins Court Battle to Ban New Oil Infrastructure

08/03/18
In a big win for the City of Portland, Oregon, the Oregon Court of Appeals issued a ruling that the city had not violated the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause by voting to ban any new…