As a leader you can inspire climate action and prepare your community for the future.



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1. What is Path to Positive Communities?

Path to Positive Communities is a national initiative that brings together leaders and institutions in cities, towns, and counties across the country committed to advancing climate solutions to protect the safety, security, and vitality of our local communities. We are also working to reduce our own climate impacts in the ways we run local government, from building energy use and power purchasing, to transportation options and smarter land use choices, to contracts and procurement that emphasize sustainable choices.

By subscribing to Path to Positive Communities, community leaders and city officials can receive helpful insight into the progess we're making across the country to create more sustainable and habitable places to live. We distribute effective and research-tested resources for leaders like you in an effort to broaden the base of support for climate solutions in America.

2. Why are local leaders uniquely positioned to foster new levels of support for climate change solutions?

America’s mayors, city council members, county leaders, and local governments are on the front line of the increasing impacts of climate change, and are also the leaders for whom climate solutions will have the most immediate and tangible benefits.  Across America, hundreds of local communities have enacted thousands of policies and programs that prepare and protect the community from climate impacts, while also preventing millions of tons of additional climate pollution. US mayors, county, and city leaders are recognized globally as among the leaders with the greatest impact on climate solutions, but there is still much work to be done.

3. What is climate change?

Climate change is caused by an overabundance of heat-trapping gases and particles within the atmosphere. These gases, particularly carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, and black carbon (soot), are the result of burning and drilling for fossil fuels. This results in shifts in climate and weather patterns, causing more floods, droughts, stronger and more unpredictable storms, rising sea levels, heat waves, and changes to growing seasons and zones. There are also several health and lifestyle impacts with increased air pollution, resulting in rising asthma rates and wildfires, that many Americans are witnessing within their own communities. For more information on climate change, visit the National Climate Assessment website.

4. What if we are new to climate solutions?

Many local leaders are new to the role of serving as climate change leaders, but have come to realize that addressing climate is an opportunity to fulfill our oath to protect our citizens, our communities, the integrity of local government, and the economic well-being of our our local businesses.

Path to Positive Communities makes it easy for elected leaders and their key staff to become even more effective as climate leaders by providing tools and resources geared to enhance engagement opportunities within a community of any size, budget, or experience with climate change. Path to Positive Communities will help you lead by example and communicate successfully to get others involved.  

5. How will Path to Positive Communities support me?

Path to Positive Communities connects local community leaders with a wide variety of resources, other leaders, and a program for use within peer leadership groups to build stronger and healthier communities. Whether local leaders are looking to lead by example in their climate impact or engage others in climate solutions, Path to Positive Communities provides a plethora of effective tools, resources, ideas, guides and success stories – all in a comprehensive, easy-to-access collection.