ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability

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Headquarters Location: Oakland, CA 
Founded: 1990


Mission: ICLEI's mission is to build and serve a worldwide movement of local governments to achieve tangible improvements in global sustainability with special focus on environmental conditions through cumulative local actions.


Tags: 2012, national, climate change, policy, cities, local government, implementation, technical support, research, aternative energy, sustainability

This organization has offices located worldwide. As the majority of our users are based in the U.S., the donation link is connected to the U.S. office.


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Story: Today, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who was joined by other mayors from the U.S. and Québec, made a "Declaration on Water Sustainability" and committed to common sustainable water management practices to protect the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence, the largest… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) supports governments domestically and internationally in working toward climate solutions. Through technical support and other strategies, ICLEI helps local governments conceive policies and programs that are simple, practical, and effective. Their success in growing the number of U.S. cities adopting sustainability policies has helped them grab the attention of even more municipal leaders. It has also caused them to become political adversaries of the Tea Party Movement, which has been hard on the organization in recent times.
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Leadership
Iclei-local-governments-for-sustainability David Cadman. David Cadman is the president of ICLEI, and a former Vancouver City Councillor

David was the Vancouver City Councillor for three terms. He was first elected in 2002, and re-elected in 2005 and 2008. He served for six years as a Councillor with COPE, the Coalition of Progressive Electors. He represented Vancouver on the Greater Vancouver Regional District and… See full bio.


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Iclei-local-governments-for-sustainability Story: Today, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who was joined by other mayors from the U.S. and Québec, made a "Declaration on Water Sustainability" and committed to common sustainable water management practices to protect the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence, the largest source of surface fresh water on earth. Also at the bi-national conference of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, Mayor Barrett was elected chairman of the board of directors and will serve a one-year term.

“Today, my fellow mayors and I made an important declaration on water sustainability to protect the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence through our cities’ daily operations and long-term investments,” said Mayor Tom Barrett, Chair of the Cities Initiative. “Together, the mayors of the Cities Initiative are making a difference in the future health and prosperity of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region and are showing leadership globally in sustainable water management.”

Earlier today, Mayor Tom Barrett also served on the Municipal Water Management Panel. In support of the ‘Declaration on Water Sustainability’, the Cities Initiative released a report on Sustainable Municipal Water Management, with best practices from members, along with a method for evaluating and publicly reporting on progress on common actions by cities across the basin. Members will be asked to present their public reports on sustainable water management at our next annual general meeting in June 2013.

“In the face of climate change, increased urbanization and dwindling water supply in some parts of the globe, we must never take the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence, the world’s largest source of surface fresh water, for granted,” said Mayor Régis Labeaume of the Québec Metropolitan Community, and Vice-Chair of the Cities Initiative. “As water managers, cities have a responsibility to be water-wise and report publicly on our progress in managing this globally threatened resource.

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (www.glslcities.org) is a binational coalition of 90 mayors and other local officials that works actively with federal, state, tribal, first nation and provincial governments and other stakeholders to advance the protection, restoration and promotion of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River basin.

Expert Reviews of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability

Evidence of Impact Summary:

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) supports governments domestically and internationally in working toward climate solutions. Through technical support and other strategies, ICLEI helps local governments conceive policies and programs that are simple, practical, and effective. Their success in growing the number of U.S. cities adopting sustainability policies has helped them grab the attention of even more municipal leaders. It has also caused them to become political adversaries of the Tea Party Movement, which has been hard on the organization in recent times.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

A clear strength for ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) is that the organization has been able to remain politically neutral. They have not aligned strongly with a particular issue or party; instead they focus on building practical solutions for local governments. Those practical solutions are another organizational asset. The tools they offer are practical and tangible. They also have excellent outreach practices and staff.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) has the tendency to fly under the radar. They could improve by making their work more visible to their membership and the public at large. In recent years they have suffered financial problems and staff have been let go. Their lack of staff is now hurting their overall capacity. They would also benefit from improving their collaborations with local nonprofits.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Political Influence

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They got the attention of the Tea Party because of all the success they were having in cities around the United States adopting their strategies for sustainability. Now they are suffering for that attention, but they really were successful in getting mayors and city councils to buy into their programs.
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They are very important in developed cities, especially in Australia. They are a major voice for local government.
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Since there is diminishing space at the federal level, ICLEI plays a critical role in getting local governments to take incremental steps.

Supporting Policy Implementation

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ICLEI has organized hundreds of governments in the U.S. and abroad, and introduced a rational and simple approach to dealing with climate change for these large institutions
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This organization works with state and local governments to offer policy and programs that make a difference at the community level.
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Their impact is in providing tangible support and methods to assist local governments in planning and incorporating adaptation into their management and investment strategies.


Expert Comments: Organization Strengths

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Political Neutrality

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Their name is not readily recognizable with any issue, which for a long time allowed them to fly under the radar.
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They have exhibited leadership in the government sector without being political. They have a rational approach and clear focus.

Practical Support

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ICLEI offers real tools for planners and elected officials, and offers technical assistance and contacts.

Excellent Outreach

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They have strong outreach and staff.
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Their strength is in their local government membership base.


Expert Comments: Areas for Improvement

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Improve Capacity & Visibility

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They should be more vocal and outspoken. I don't hear much from them or about them.
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They have had serious financial problems in the last two years and let staff go. I think they could be better collaborators with local nonprofit groups, and they need to have a better way of measuring and publicizing success to both their members and other interested entities.
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They need more staff and better self-promotion.
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They could benefit from more depth of capacity.

Improve Transparency

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ICLEI is really erratic, and kind of a mess. It could be really influential and it has a terrific mission and constituency, but in the Black Box approach of its models and approaches, offers a lack of transparency by design that I think is obsolete in climate planning.


Leadership

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David Cadman
President
David Cadman is the president of ICLEI, and a former Vancouver City Councillor

David was the Vancouver City Councillor for three terms. He was first elected in 2002, and re-elected in 2005 and 2008. He served for six years as a Councillor with COPE, the Coalition of Progressive Electors. He represented Vancouver on the Greater Vancouver Regional District and Metro Vancouver board of directors, serving on both the Land Use and Transportation; and Environment and Energy committees.

A social and environmental activist for over 30 years, he has served as the President of the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC). He has also served at the national and international level of the United Nations Association, and was awarded the United Nations Peace medal and United Nations 50th Anniversary medal.

David was born in Montreal and grew up in Toronto. He attended the University of the South in Tennessee and then moved to Geneva where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary and International Development. He studied adult education at the Sorbonne in Paris and is fluent in French.

After spending several years in Tanzania and Kenya developing literacy programs, David returned to Canada in 1976 and settled in British Columbia. He worked for the Social Planning and Research Council in establishing the Community Development Institute.

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