American cities and counties are preparing their communities for environmental changes that are already underway, while also taking steps to prevent additional, more catastrophic changes in the future. Local leaders are taking the climate challenge head-on, with bold moves that have an immediate, on-the-ground impact.
Eight out of ten Americans live in urban areas. From heartland communities enduring more extreme weather to coastal communities facing the threat of rising sea levels, the residents of America’s cities are on the front line of the fight against climate change. Fortunately, as the engine of this nation’s economy, cities have the greatest potential to make a difference. Now more than ever, local leaders recognize the role they have to play in safeguarding the planet, and they’re stepping up to the plate.