Charlotte Sets GHG Reduction Goals
: Charlotte approved goals to reduce carbon emissions, including a reduction of twelve tons of carbon dioxide or equivalent gases per resident to two tons per resident by 2050 and a carbon neutral by 2030 goal for the municipality.
Denver Plans for Deep Decarbonization
: Denver released an updated Climate Action Plan, outlining a pathway for deep decarbonization in buildings, transportation, and electricity generation that will help meet the city's GHG emissions reduction goal of 80% by 2050 and the 100% renewable electricity goals for city operations by 2025 and citywide by 2030.
Philadelphia Adopts the 2018 International Building Code
: Philadelphia became one of only three jurisdictions in the continental United States to ratify the 2018 International Building Code for commercial construction, which will require new buildings to be more energy efficient, advancing the city's 80% by 2050 GHG emissions goal.
Washington DC Approves Establishing a Green Bank
: Washington DC became the first U.S. city to officially establish a Green Bank, allowing the city to accelerate deployment of clean energy technology, leverage private investment, and increase efficiency of public funds.
Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA) Hosting "Game Changers & No Brainers" Workshop: CNCA will be hosting an official Global Climate Action Summit Affiliate Workshop for city officials that will feature sessions led by CNCA city mayors and sustainability directors on implementing key policies and practices that cities have found transformational in addressing GHG emission challenges on September 12 in San Francisco.
USDN Members Top Park Rankings: Minneapolis, Washington DC, Arlington VA, San Francisco, Portland OR, Cincinnati, Chicago, and New York City were among the top ten Trust for Public Land's ParkScore Index cities, a ranking based on cities' park access, amenities, acreage, and per-capita spending on parks.