Municipal bonds are a financing tool potentially well suited to address infrastructure investment gaps for local government, having been used by cities in the US to fund large scale, capital-intensive projects since the 1900s. This case study is taken from LGIU’s report Exploring Economic and Enterprise Opportunities from Climate Action.
As the climate crisis worsens, extreme heat events are becoming an increasingly common across the world. These events pose a serious threat to life as well as to supply chains, infrastructure and economies. Miami-Dade County is one place that is leading the way in addressing extreme heat. In this article Mayor Daniella Levine Cava discusses…
Ireland’s 949 elected councillors are currently participating in a research project that seeks to document their statutory and representative roles. In this briefing, we look at the process to date and the important messages it may give us as we begin to focus on the developing role of the local elected representative in Ireland.
Continuing our series on winners of the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards 2021 is Cork City Council, who take us through their community-based health intervention aimed at reducing key barriers to physical activity participation.
This briefing explores the technical, financial, and socio-economic issues exercising policy makers as the effect of climate change and ever-rising sea levels bear down and impact on coastal communities. It identifies the issues and ponders whether a policy of managed retreat should be incorporated into a menu of solutions.
Donna Wood from Transition Stirling discusses the city’s new Reuse Hub. Set up in partnership with the local authority this hub will reduce waste, support the local economy and bring people together.
The Centre for Cities has published research on the pandemic’s impact on urban high streets and their prospects for recovery. Covid-19 restrictions cost businesses a third of their potential takings and thousands of outlets have closed. Surprisingly, the pandemic hit stronger places the hardest, whereas weaker high streets have fared better.
This briefing explores how local government in Spain has experimented successfully with local solutions for energy affordability.
As an affiliated member country to the World Health Organization’s ‘Age-Friendly Programme’, Ireland has been working to develop age-friendly towns across the country. This briefing outlines the type of work being carried out by councils as part of the initiative and signposts some helpful resources for those looking to make their area more age-friendly.
District heat networks are a growing feature of towns and cities around the world and are a vital tool in making homes and other buildings more energy-efficient. But how do they work and what part can councils play to ensure they operate successfully? This briefing explains.