Six cities to receive in-depth support for engaging local communities and coordinating city efforts to enact sustainability projects

Today, C40 Cities, Climate Mayors, and Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, have announced the Catalyzing Local Climate Action Workshop series, an initiative aimed at supporting cities to optimise federal climate funding. 

Six cities: Boise, Chicago, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Knoxville, and Los Angeles, have been selected to host mayor-led workshops to advance their ability to access and implement funding made available through the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The workshops will support cities navigating the funding streams, engage community partners, and identify lessons learned to share with other cities seeking federal funding. 

With billions of dollars available for climate action through the Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, cities have an enormous opportunity to meet this moment by advancing local projects that reduce emissions, improve residents’ health, and build stronger communities. However, due to the complexity of the funding streams, many cities report challenges in taking full advantage of these opportunities. The ‘Catalyzing Local Climate Action Workshop’ series will help cities navigate and utilise the funding and deliver on the transformative potential to build a greener future. 

Over the next year, the selected cities will receive tailored workshops customised to their specific needs and priorities. The mayor-led workshops will address challenges within internal city organisations and broader community engagement around federal climate funding opportunities.

The workshops will be facilitated by national subject matter experts who will provide technical assistance and guidance. Cities will receive additional follow-up support aimed at connecting local leaders with further technical assistance opportunities to ensure sustained progress and implementation of activities identified during the workshops.

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