What Others Are Saying About NBT Trend Climate Change

ARTICLE | Dec 3, 2015

What are the Next Big Things facing local government? The Alliance for Innovation's the Next Big Things report highlights 44 trends within four forces -- Resource, Technology, Demographics, and Governance -- that could impact how local government operates in the next generation. Relying on the expertise of primary author Rebecca Ryan, engaging in an exhaustive literatary scan, and a delphi panel of subject matter experts, the report provides detailed information on the four forces and 44 trends (view the trends slide deck), challenging us to look beyond the horizon and imagine our communities one generation from now.

As you read through the report (visit the NBT page to download the free version and get the premium version), how do you envision using the Next Big Things? What trends are already impacting your community or have you started actively planning for? Tell us in the comment section below, by joining the Next Big Things KN Group, tweeting @transformgov using #NBT, or emailing us at nbt@transformgov.org.

Periodically we will be providing resources from people and organizations unaffiliated with the Alliance or the Next Big Things project. This installment continues the look at climate change from the Resources force. While the articles below only scratch the surface of certain trends, they do reinforce the realities and tangible repercussions each trend could have and hopefully serve as another spark to help your community think about how to become #futureready as you explore the Next Big Things.

Climate Change

With 100% of its electricity backed by renewable energy credits and investment into cost-effective energy efficiency projects, the City of Dallas is now the largest local government user of green power in the nation, announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in October 2016:


Officials from cities around the world met in Paris, France this past week for COP21.  The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and partnered with Arup to produce the groundbreaking report Climate Action in Megacities (CAM 3.0).  In their assessment, it documents “that almost a third of climate actions delivered this year involved collaboration with other cities. For example, the city of Milan participated in C40’s Waste and Resources Network, and was able to learn from a number of other cities including Tokyo, San Francisco and Seoul”:


According to a study conducted by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, researchers “say a city’s political culture has a lot to do with its level of readiness for the effects of climate change.”  In their assessment, researchers used six cities within the United States as benchmarks.  Read more here:


For municipal water managers: Researchers at Columbia University estimate 97 water basins in the Northern Hemisphere are at risk of limited yearly snowpack.  Climate models indicate these areas have a 67 percent likelihood of receiving less snow.


e on the lookout for future articles highlighting more trends across the four forces.

In the meantime, we really do want to hear from you: send us any articles on the trends you have come across, let us know what trends are affecting or going to affect your community, or how you are becoming future ready! Drop us a line in the comment section below, by joining the Next Big Things KN Group, tweeting @transformgov using #NBT, or emailing us at nbt@transformgov.org.

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