Government intervention > Public finance, Regulation
Inequality and/or poverty > Other
Investment > Private finance
Marion Davis, Shagun Mehrotra, Aarathi Kumar, Alfredo Redondo, Anna Kustar, Britta Rennkamp, Christopher Gillespie, Daizong Liu, Freya Stanley-Price, Gorka Zubicaray, Hendricus Andy Simarmata, Jessica Hanlon, Leah Lazer, Madhav Pai, Nick Godfrey, Pablo Lazo Elizondo, Pandora Batra, Retno Wihanesta, Robin King, Shiyong Qiu, Sophia Vitello, Tanya Jiménez
The authors discuss how national governments can harness cities to bring about a sustainable and inclusive post-pandemic economic recovery while achieving climate goals. They focus on six emerging economies to demonstrate how fostering zero-carbon, resilient, and inclusive cities can advance national economic priorities for shared prosperity.
Referencing case studies from China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa, the authors explore three themes: 1) the need for a low-carbon urban transformation and its associated socio-economic benefits; 2) the importance of both resilience and decarbonization; and 3) the availability of resources to foster low-carbon, resilient, and inclusive cities. To inspire countries ahead of the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), they analyze how cities can help national governments not only achieve their climate goals and shared prosperity, but also accelerate the Covid-19 recovery by making them more connected, inclusive, and clean.
The authors conclude with a global call to action, urging national governments to develop climate and sustainable development strategies centered around cities. While governments are essential to implementing transformative policies, the authors urge national leadership to partner with the private sector and local climate-action groups to finance sustainable and resilient urban infrastructure.
This resource provides information and resources on community-led efforts in coal-impacted communities in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Wyoming, including a list of local organizations with innovative approaches and ideas.
Economic diversification/restructuring > Economic development plans, Infrastructure investment
Employment > Job creation and/or equality, Skills
Environment and/or pollution > Human health, Nature
Government intervention > Public finance
Social and/or cultural impacts > Pride or cultural identity
community listening sessions
Linda Lance, Kelsey Forren, Jim Lyon, Shannon Heyck-Williams, Jessica Arriens, Wes Look, Adele Morris, Jeremy Richardson, Elliot Diringer
Partnership for Responsible Growth, National Wildlife Federation
Non-profit organization/civil society organization
This report is the outcome of community listening sessions held by research organizations in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Wyoming to compile data and mainstream important issues and challenges pertaining to coal-impacted communities. It summarizes local communities’ work on these issues and provides an appendix of local organizations for policymakers’ consideration. It concludes by highlighting federal programs and actions that these communities have identified as crucial.
The report examines the socioeconomic impact of the coal decline on local communities across the United States and criticizes the lack of federal support to remedy those effects. It identifies key areas—such as local water and road infrastructure, healthcare, education, social safety nets, and local small businesses—that need federal funding to boost the local economy. More importantly, it calls for communities’ involvement in designing and implementing policy to ensure their knowledge and creativity are taken into consideration.
The report further describes key federal programs and actions that can be readjusted to provide resources and technical support to frontline communities. These include miners’ pension and health benefits, the Abandoned Mine Funds (AML), the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, and the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration and Small Business Administration, which provide grants to local small businesses. The report includes an appendix containing contact information for local organizations and individual leaders who can serve as resources to policymakers.