Through our climate mitigation work, ICLEI seeks to achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by assisting local governments in taking action to reduce emissions, quantify their progress, and realize multiple benefits for their communities.
Our climate adaptation work is a companion effort for communities that are considering how to prepare for predicted impacts associated with climate change.
Why Climate Protection Is Vital for Local Governments
Local governments control the day-to-day activities that determine the amount of energy used and waste generated as well as the long-term planning for the community – from land use and zoning decisions to control over building codes and licenses, infrastructure investment, municipal service delivery and management of schools, parks and recreation areas. Local government leaders are also uniquely positioned to influence citizen behaviors – their transportation options, energy consumption patterns and general consumer decisions.
Climate Protection Benefits for Local Governments
Save taxpayer dollars through energy efficiency and transportation initiatives
Build the local economy and create jobs (demand for energy efficient services and products, competitive edge)
Improve air quality and public health (global warming and air pollution hand in hand)
Invest in long-term community livability
Connect cities with national leaders and resources
Inspire community engagement
Create a legacy of leadership