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Elemental Is Launching a Local Climate Action Toolkit for Mayors

September 20, 2022

· 2 min read
The Elemental Team

We are excited to launch the Toolkit for Local Climate Action to empower mayors to take climate action at a time when unprecedented public funding is available for local leaders. This timely resource enables mayors and staff of small and mid-sized U.S. cities, no matter their level of expertise on their climate journey, to more readily identify policy actions, federal funding, and technological innovations to bring to their communities.

The toolkit was created by Elemental Policy Lab fellow Heather McTeer Toney, in partnership with the African American Mayors Association (AAMA) and with additional support from Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), where Toney also serves as Vice President for Community Engagement. Toney unveiled the pilot version of the toolkit to participants of a roundtable, including a group of U.S. mayors primarily composed of members of AAMA, at a Clinton Global Initiative event during Climate Week in New York.

By design, this toolkit is a living document by mayors for mayors, and has been constructed to be an evolving framework built to adapt to ever-changing circumstances. Over the next two months, a group of AAMA mayors will provide input and feedback before it is published in early 2023.

The toolkit focuses on:

  • Policy actions and examples addressing three priority areas (energy efficiency, energy supply, and transportation) closely aligned with city priorities.
  • Federal funding opportunities starting with the IIJA, curated for cities ready to take immediate climate action. Additional funding opportunities will be regularly added – including those available in the Inflation Reduction Act.
  • Partners, tips, and resources to identify technologies, partners, and strategies to bring innovative climate solutions to all communities.

A preview of the toolkit is available below, and you can read the press release for more information.

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