Environment, Energy & Climate Change

Article Features Jennifer Cohen

Planning for Self-Driving Cars

Public officials need to act quickly to enact policies and plans.

Claremont Crisis Intervention and Outreach Saves Trees

Concerned residents volunteered to implement a program to mitigate the drought’s impact.

Article Features Karalee Browne

California Cities Create Carbon Funds to Support Climate Action

Many local agencies are developing internal funding sources to implement energy and climate action activities.

Article Features Tracy Dunne

Pleasanton Makes Recycling Water a Priority

The city’s efforts will save an estimated 450 million gallons of drinking water per year.

Article Features

Local Streets and Roads Awards Highlight Best Practices

The awards program recognizes local government projects that reduce waste and costs and promote sustainability.

Article City Forum

AskRail App Provides Hazmat Data for First Responders

The app provides immediate access to information about hazardous materials a railcar is carrying.

Article President’s Message Joanne Mounce

Making Cities Smarter

A few key principles apply to any smart city efforts, regardless of size or scope.

Article Features Ignacio Dayrit

Fight Blight in Your City With Brownfields Tools

An underused set of funding resources offers tools that cities can use for virtually any site.

Hayward’s Water Facility Ranked in Top 30 for On-Site Green Power Production

The facility produces excess energy equivalent to approximately $400,000 annually and offsets energy costs for other city facilities.

Article Features Julia Lave Johnston

Planning to Save: Increasing Your Community’s Resiliency

Adaptation planning helps cities endure current and future impacts and thrive.

Article Features Scott Schneider

Fort Bragg Makes Bees a Priority

Fort Bragg is California’s first Bee City USA®.

Article Features Karalee Browne

California Cities Shine in $5 Million Energy Prize Challenge

Despite the many innovative efficiency measures now in place throughout the country, the United States wastes more than half of all energy produced. Eight California cities are competing for a $5…

Article Features Roberta Childers

Woodland Builds a Healthy Urban Forest, One Tree at a Time

Woodland strives to promote the importance of expanding its tree canopy to provide environmental, economic, health and aesthetic benefits. Because trees help reduce greenhouse gases, the city aims…

Article Features

Local Streets and Roads Awards Recognize Best Practices

The annual Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards Program recognizes projects that promote fiscal and environmental sustainability in the local transportation system and can be…

Article City Forum Cory Golden

Fix-It Fairs and Repair Cafés Divert Waste, Aim to Change Mindset

Repair cafés help cities send a message that just because something is broken, it need not be thrown away.

Article Features Steve Sanders

Sustainability Offers a Path to Prosperity

Sustainable communities are often better able to thrive and become more prosperous; sustainability is not just about the environment.

Article Legal Notes Karen TiedemannLynn HutchinsRafael Yaquian

What You Need to Know About AB 2 and Community Revitalization Tools

City officials seeking creative ways to finance economic development projects should take a look at the tools provided by AB 2.