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Sustainability and Resilience

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Sustainability and ResilienceThe National League of Cities’ Sustainability and Resilience initiative supports and celebrates city-led sustainability and resilience efforts through Local Solar Energy Leadership and Leadership in Community Resilience.

NLC supports local solar energy leadership through a partnership with SolSmart. SolSmart is a solar energy designation and technical assistance program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy that helps prepare communities for the solar energy transition at the local level. SolSmart’s technical assistance comes at no cost from a team of national experts that work with communities to identify local priorities and strategies to help make solar energy more affordable and accessible for residents and businesses. Successful communities are awarded the prestigious designation of SolSmart Bronze, Silver, or Gold. This page directs browsers to SolSmart’s website, where they can request a consultation for their community.

Another way the NLC supports resilience framework is through their partnership with the Resilient Cities Network that gets input from a global network of Chief Resilience Officers. The Leadership in Community Resilience (LCR) grant program supports and enhances local capacity among elected leaders and staff, communities, and community-based organizations as they pursue coordinated climate resilience efforts.

The Resilient Cities Network for 2021 includes eight major cities: Alton, Texas; Arlington; Massachusetts; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Dubuque, Iowa; Flagstaff, Arizona; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Spokane, Washington. The NLC offers grants to cities that want to pursue coordinated climate resilience efforts and gives each city $10,000 in direct financial support. The cities also receive technical assistance and advisory services from NLC staff and partners to help them meet community-specific resiliency goals.

This page also includes information about past LCR Grantees so readers can learn about the success of the LCR grant program.

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  • Climate, Heat and Health Summit: Perspectives from Southwest Virginia
    Date: June 22, 2024
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    The event will feature clinicians, scientists, academia, and community partners focusing on the latest research in climate science, urban heat issues in Roanoke, impacts on health in Virginia, current resources available, and what clinicians/…

  • RVCA Agriculture Working Group Meeting
    Date: June 24, 2024
    Location: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83229994226

    Resilient Virginia Collaborative Alliance Agriculture Working Group (appt hold). RVCA is a cross sector climate collaborative working to build resiliency in Central and Southwest Virginia. More information about RVCA efforts can be found on…

  • 2024 Virginia Brownfields Conference
    Date: June 25, 2024
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    The premier brownfield redevelopment conference in Virginia, hosted by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Lynchburg.

    Learn more and register here.

  • RVCA Clean Transportation Working Group Meeting
    Date: June 25, 2024
    Location: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89305988880

    Resilient Virginia Collaborative Alliance Clean Transportation Working Group (appt hold). RVCA is a cross sector climate collaborative working to build resiliency in Central and Southwest Virginia. More information about RVCA efforts can be found…

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