Cities have issued municipal bonds for a long time to fund various projects throughout their communities. As investors become more conscious of the impact their investments can have, a new market for Green Bonds has developed as a way to finance projects that are expected to be environmentally beneficial.  Green Bonds have already financed many types of projects including clean water, clean transportation, and energy efficiency projects across several cities throughout the US and around the world. This market is only expected to continue to grow as a result of increased investor demand along with cities (and other issuers) looking for ways to finance a sustainable future. In this session, we will examine what exactly a green bond is, how one is issued, and look at various examples of how green bonds are already being utilized for various climate change mitigation and adaptation projects around the country.

Note: Breakfast will be provided

Presented by Wells Fargo

Is your municipality equipped to mitigate critical risks?  Natural disasters or mass casualty attacks span a spectrum from a workplace shooting by a disgruntled employee to a sophisticated terrorist attack against densely-occupied and symbolic soft targets – community events, schools, churches, and business districts. Does your First Responder team have what it takes to act fast during an emergency? Learn how to build intelligence, plans, resource capabilities, and trained capacities to effectively respond to any natural disaster or mass casualty attack across the entire spectrum. This workshop allows you to engage with other cities who have experienced the nightmare first hand.

Debt Financing for Water Conservation Projects
Cynthia Koehler, Executive Director, WaterNow Alliance (Koehler GASB presentation)

Sustainability in Charlotte
Erika Ruane, Sustainability Coordinator, City Manager’s Office, City of Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT NLC presentation)

Creating a Greenhouse Gas Inventory
Christopher Ede-Calton, Outreach Lead, Climate Action & Data, World Resources Institute (WRI EENR presentation)

Workforce Development to Address an Aging Workforce 
Andrew Kricun, P.E., Executive Director and Chief Engineer, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (Workforces Challenges presentation)

U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 provides  2.7 million Americans access  to vehicle services through mobile devices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at any of U-Haul’s 21,000 neighborhood locations in the United States and Canada. As the the world’s largest vehicle-sharing company, discover how U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 helps leaders create sustainable and resilient cities by alleviating infrastructure and sustainability issues in the community.

*Presented by U-Haul International

Learn how local leaders adopt transparency solutions to maintain a favorable and respected community brand. Hear how they have facilitated thoughtful engagement with data and its benefits to the city.

*Presented by OpenGov


Where should cities focus resources to get the most energy savings for our community? Where do electric vehicle charging stations fit in infrastructure plans? How many energy jobs can cities catalyze to spur local economy? How can local governments leverage energy dollars to greatest impact in the community?

These are just some of the 2,000 questions the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has answered for city leaders in the last 10 years. This interactive session will include city officials who have used the tools to accomplish their energy goals and NREL experts to walk through the most relevant resources available for communities and strategies to implement in your community. Take home free tools that will help and learn how cities can access the taxpayer investments in a modern energy economy!

*Presented by National Renewable Energy Lab

NLC members all strive to create the best communities for their residents. American cities are learning that smart investments in energy efficiency, water quality, and other sustainability initiatives can provide a healthier environment, attract new business, reduce the risks of climate change, and conserve taxpayer dollars. Under the new Administration, cities are increasingly responsible for managing their own environmental impacts, water quality, air pollution, and more.
We see local declarations to support of the Paris Agreement, pursue 100% Renewable Energy, and more, but what action is behind these proclamations?  Are these bold commitments attainable? Led by the NLC Sustainable Cities Institute, this introductory session will explore the most effective sustainability policies and give you new options to promote the health and wealth of your city.

Homelessness is a growing challenge facing city leaders, communities, businesses, veterans, families, youth and other vulnerable residents. While some cities have attempted short-term solutions targeting “quality of life” or nuisances from homeless individuals, others have instituted policies, laws, data practices, and programs that make progress toward housing and supporting the homeless and those at risk. Innovative cities and the national organizations supporting them will share what works to reduce the number of people who are homeless in the near and long-term. This interactive world café session will allow city leaders to have in-depth conversations with presenters on a variety of topics related to homelessness. Come ready to discuss your questions and challenges from home.

Cities across the country are committing to clean, renewable energy as a way to power their communities now and in the future. During this World Café session, you’ll hear a series of quick presentations, then engage in small group discussion about a variety of energy policy issues. Learn effective ways to engage with different stakeholders and address common energy issues. Hear from city leaders about what has motivated them to address city energy policy. Get ideas from what other cities around the country are doing to influence and improve local energy policy for the future.

How can your community help ensure equitable opportunities for your residents to succeed in the workforce? Hear from city leaders and key stakeholders in economic development, the workforce and higher education who are part of the Kresge Foundation Building Equitable Pathways to Postsecondary and Workforce Success program. The presenters will share strategies and best practices for building and sustaining pathways to success that you can implement at home.