ICLEI launches "Planet Earth" magazine featuring local government innovations

ICLEI has launched a new digital magazine covering the innovative practices of local governments “to make their communities cleaner, more economically prosperous, and more livable.” As the magazine’s name Planet Earth suggests, coverage focuses on the environmental aspects of livability, from climate change to energy efficiency. The first issue is chock full of features including: … Continued

Webinar: Sustainable Siting of Federal Facilities

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced earlier this month that it was leading an interagency initiative to site federal facilities based upon sustainability criteria. This initiative will help the federal government meet greenhouse gas reduction goals. On August 9 from 1:00-2:30pm, federal leaders from DOT, EPA and the General Services Administration will host a webinar … Continued

Federal grant round-up: $495 million for state, local, tribal governments

A steady stream of federal grant opportunities for sustainable communities has been released in the past month. To make sure no program is overlooked, EPA distributed a list (available below) of all current and upcoming funding opportunities for sustainable communities and related programs that tackle climate and energy challenges. (If you’re choosing which HUD regional … Continued

WH Chat on Energy & Climate Change Legislation on 6/29

On Tuesday, the White House will be answering questions on federal energy and climate change legislation, an issue with direct relevance for state and local sustainability. All are invited to participate online. From The White House Blog: On Tuesday, President Obama will meet with a bipartisan group of Senators to discuss the need for comprehensive … Continued

EPA Releases RFP for $10M in Climate Showcase Communities Grants

Thanks to $10 million in grants now available from the EPA Climate Showcase Communities program, approximately 25 local and tribal communities will move one step closer toward a green, sustainable future. With grants ranging from $100,000 to $500,000, grant recipients will also receive technical assistance from the EPA Local Climate and Energy Program. Climate Showcase … Continued

California developers call SB 375 “a pro-growth strategy” that’s good for business

Will California’s plans for reducing dangerous climate-changing emissions help or hinder the building and development market? California’s most prominent association of real estate developers answered that question emphatically last week, saying that California’s law requiring regions to reduce emissions through smarter land use, transportation, and housing decisions is good for business.

Climate bill to be released within weeks: Washington Update

Senate Lawmakers Working on New Climate and Energy Bill

After months of meetings with congressional members, stakeholders and industry leaders, Senators John Kerry (D-MA) Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) have decided to wait to release their climate and energy bill for a few more weeks to ensure they have broad support for the proposal. Senator Kerry has indicated that the bill could be introduced the week of April 19, although any concrete timeline for its passage remains uncertain.

Encouraging developers to take a "GreenTRIP"

Smart Growth America coalition member TransForm has developed a certification program called GreenTRIP to encourage building the kinds of places we need to reduce our carbon emissions. The certification program rewards developers and municipalities that reduce traffic and greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. It acts as a complement to the LEED for Neighborhood Development program (LEED-ND), one that focuses specifically on the place transportation occupies in sustainable land use.

Groundbreaking Senate Climate Bill Will Promote Clean Transportation and Expanded Travel Options

Washington, DC – The latest version of the Senate climate-protection bill put forth by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, would provide significant resources and incentives to communities to plan and build cleaner, more convenient travel and living options. The Clean Energy Jobs and American Power … Continued

October Washington update: Federal policy news

This is the latest edition of the Washington Update from Smart Growth America. The Washington Update is a typically policy-heavy newsletter covering federal policy developments here in Washington. If you want to know more about the details of policy and would like to receive this regularly via email, you can sign up for it (and … Continued