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Moving Forward Guide

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No one ever ran for city council, county commissioner, or mayor to solve climate change, but its challenges are now present in our communities— along with opportunities to solve them.

Meaningful local climate solutions are within reach. Moving Forward: A Guide to Building Momentum on Climate Solutions in Your Community will provide you with the ideas and resources to act. By embedding local solutions in your planning and management activities, you can achieve financial benefits with little or no incremental costs. Reinvesting savings in additional climate action steps can help build the momentum further, and addressing climate change at the local level provides many benefits.

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This guide is for civic leaders in smaller and mid-size communities that want to lead on climate and sustainability but may lack full-time sustainability staff. We are teaming up to provide you with these resources, including guidance on how to best engage your residents using clear, positive, inclusive and relevant messages.


This guide is brought to you by the Local Government Commission, National League of Cities, Urban Sustainability Directors Network, and ecoAmerica. We’d like to thank our partners and advisors for their contributions to this guide.