The SAFE Cities Network for Elected Officials and Staff (NEOS) is a rapidly growing network of local elected officials, staffers, and volunteers on local government advisory boards in the U.S. and Canada.

Members of the network share expertise, experience, and knowledge on how to pass policies in their communities as part of the SAFE Cities movement. SAFE Cities supports local governments in partnership with Elected Officials to Protect America.

Whether it’s zoning out new refineries and gas stations, electrifying buildings and bus fleets, or moving power generation to 100% renewable sources, SAFE Cities is transforming the narrative around the impact local communities can have when it comes to protecting the climate and people’s health from fossil fuels.

How one refinery community took on the fossil fuel industry – and sparked a movement

The refinery community of Whatcom County, Washington was tired of fighting fossil fuel project after fossil fuel project and decided to flip the script. Instead of having to oppose individual projects, they successfully changed their county’s zoning laws to block fossil fuel infrastructure from being allowed to be built in the first place.

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