Nebraska Cities Join ICLEI

ICLEI USA Now Has More Than 600 Members in 49 States

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Posted: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 9:57 am

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA has announced the cities of Lincoln and Omaha, Neb., as its newest members.

ICLEI USA is the U.S. affliliate of the international association of local governments addressing climate change and sustainability. TheĀ  Nebraska cities helped the organization reach two significant milestones: it's U.S. network now includes more than 600 local governments, and it now has members in 49 states.

"Omaha's sustainability efforts help thread together city goals for environmental integrity, community stability, and economic opportunity, which, in many places, are done in costly isolation," said Kristi Wamstad-Evans, the city's Sustainability Coordinator. "Access to tools, resources, and networks of local government staff and elected officials will help Omaha integrate sustainability with existing efforts, institutionalize it in municipal operations, and lead by example."

ICLEI provides technical tools to help with sustainability planning; national trainings and events; policy and communications assistance; a national network of peer expertise; and its signature Five Milestones planning methodology.

Omaha is the largest city in Nebraska with a population of 454,731. It is home to the University of Nebraska and Creighton University. The city is in the process of finalizing an Environmental Element for the its comprehensive plan and developing a strategic comprehensive energy management plan and implementation framework

Lincoln is the capital of Nebraska and the second most populous city in the state with a population of 251,624. It is home to numerous higher education institutions.

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