Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the City of Lincoln has joined ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability, a nonprofit organization that helps local governments strengthen local energy and sustainability efforts. The Mayor's Cleaner Greener Lincoln initiative provided funds for the ICLEI USA membership.
Milo Mumgaard, the Mayor's Senior Policy Aide for Sustainability, says Cleaner Greener Lincoln will use ICLEI USA as a resource in developing an energy efficiency and conservation strategy to reduce City government's energy use by 20 percent and citywide energy use by 10 percent over the next two years.
As an ICLEI USA member, Lincoln has access to technical tools and support to help with sustainability planning; national training and events; policy and communications assistance; a national network of peer expertise; and planning methodology employed by some of the country's most innovative local governments.
More than 600 local governments in 49 states are members of ICLEI USA. The organization was founded in 1990 as the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, and in 2003, the name was changed ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability. Lincoln and Omaha are the only member cities in Nebraska. More information is available at icleiusa.org.
The Mayor's Cleaner Greener Lincoln initiative is coordinating the use of $2.4 million in stimulus funds through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program.
More information is available at green.lincoln.ne.gov.