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June 24, 2009

Re:  ICLEI Releases Climate Protection Toolkit for Small Communities

Dear Mayor:

ICLEI*Local Governments for Sustainability has released a free resource To help communities with 25,000 people or fewer launch and maintain climate, energy, and sustainability initiatives. ICLEI's Small Communities Toolkit provides detailed resources, case studies, and insight to help small communities succeed despite limitations of staff and funding.

The toolkit also helps smaller communities understand how to take advantage of their significant opportunities. For example, in a small, close-knit community, a local government can more easily influence community members to make individual changes to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. With this toolkit in hand, small communities can become empowered to reach their goals.

The toolkit is organized into the following sections:

- Getting Started
- Education and Outreach
- Community Engagement
- Developing Partnerships
- Ordinances and Policies
- Financial Resources
- Planning Resources
- Additional Resources
- Case Studies

To use the toolkit, please visit:

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State and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective clean energy and environmental strategies that help further environmental and clean energy goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit:
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Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director




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