Resource constrained local governments have minimal expertise and capacity to measure, manage, or report local GHG emissions and climate action. Working together as a cohort of communities, economies of scale can be achieved to allow these local governments to collectively access tools, resources, and experts. Learning and doing together in a peer cohort builds relationships and support that help ensure success.
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ICLEI created a facilitated multi-month training and capacity building program; the "Cohort" to build local government capacity in climate, resilience, forestry, and equity. Each cohort is theme-based and includes up to 20 participant local governments, some of whom are supported by university student externs. Cohort participants are supported by ICLEI USA technical advisors, the ICLEI USA online learning platform, recorded training content, and one-on-one support as needed. Topics have included the GHG net-zero building strategies, GHG inventories as a first step toward identifying a reduction target and priority strategies to reduce emissions; integrated climate action and resilience plans, and equitable community engagement. Cohort partners have included the Global Covenant of Mayors, Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute, Mountain Towns 2030, California Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, the University of Northern Iowa, and the State of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.