Angie Fyfe, ICLEI and USDN: The New Era of Intercity Collaboration, The Solutions Journal, Volume 10, Issue 1, January 2019, (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/iclei-usdn-new-era-intercity-collaboration/) Abstract: Arriving early one morning at Denver Union Station, the city’s passenger rail terminal and local transportation hub, I was greeted by a disappointingly long chain of open railcars brimming with coal. It’s been over 30 years since the 1988 hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resource when Congress was alerted by preeminent climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, of the irrefutable connection between anthropogenic climate change and the need for immediate action to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, the coal cars continue to roll. That 1988 hearing was convened by then Colorado Senator Tim Wirth. While the federal government failed to act, major international and local climate bodies were established, including the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)i in 1990, and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. ICLEI’s Initial efforts, powered by founder, Jeb Brugmann, focused … Topics: Transportation