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Upcoming Climate Communities webinars

  • Thursday, September 25 @ 2 pm Eastern - Model Greenhouse Gas Reduction Efforts: Lessons Learned from EPA's Climate Showcase Communities
  • Thursday, October 2 @ 2 pm Eastern - Takin' Care of Business: Developing Sustainability-Minded Businesses in Madison, WI
  • Thursday, October 9 @ 2 pm Eastern - Motivating Residential Sustainability Actions: Frederick County, MD's Green Homes Challenge
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Climate Communities proposal for competitive EECBG funding

America’s cities and counties have taken the lead in implementing clean energy solutions by serving as laboratories of innovation. Local governments are providing low-cost financing for energy efficiency retrofits of buildings; setting and enforcing building efficiency standards; developing community-scale renewable energy; utilizing low-emission vehicles and fuels; installing alternative fuels infrastructure; promoting smart land use and increased mass transit to reduce vehicle miles traveled; and developing clean energy jobs. To build upon the success of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) and maintain the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) partnership with local governments, Climate Communities has developed a proposal that would dedicate $250 million to provide local grants to localities for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

An opportunity exists to urge Congress to direct a portion of the DOE funding that it traditionally earmarked into competitive EECBG funding for local governments. A $250 million competitive grant program would allow Congress to make good on its pledge reduce federal spending, while continuing to provide federal investment in important local projects that reduce energy use, save local energy costs, curb emissions and create jobs. 

In 2008, Climate Communities proposed that Congress create a similar grant program for local governments to implement wide-ranging initiatives that produced significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. This proposal became the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Showcase Communities program, which has awarded $10 million in each of the last two years for municipalities to undertake climate action projects. Climate Communities will be working to duplicate this success by securing funding for the proposed energy grants.

Click here for a copy of Climate Communities' competitive grant proposal.  Please provide feedback to Andrew Seth at (202) 261-6011 or


Help Support Sustainability Funding for Localities

Urge Your Members of Congress to Provide FY 2014 Appropriations for DOT TIGER Program and HUD Integrated Planning and Investment Grants

On June 27, the appropriations committees in both chambers of Congress passed bills that will decide funding for transportation, housing and urban development programs in fiscal year 2014. In the Senate, the Appropriations Committee’s proposal included $550 million in funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)’s TIGER grant program to support a wide variety of transportation projects including bridges, public transit and railroads, and $75 million for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Integrated Planning and Investment grants, part of the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities. However, the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee did not include any funding for the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

Climate Communities asks local elected leaders to contact their Members of Congress and urge them to protect funding for these important programs as the FY 2014 appropriations process continues.. For more information, click below.

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“Local government action is critical to addressing America’s climate change challenge. Climate Communities will help cities and counties secure the federal tools, incentives and resources needed to make that happen.”

Former Supervisor Roger Dickinson,
Sacramento County, CA

Climate Communities will bring together the best minds at the city and county levels to develop federal policy proposals that will enhance our ability to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions.”

Councilmember Larry Phillips,
King County, WA