KLA Perspectives

Kim Lundgren

Kim has spent the last 15 years designing, securing funding for, and implementing sustainability programs focused on climate change adaptation and mitigation. As one of the early municipal sustainability pioneers, Kim developed the first climate action plan in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and one of the first municipal adaptation plans in the country. Her emphasis on continuous improvement and innovation has helped local governments across the country get closer to achieving their sustainability goals.

Recent Posts

Take our 1 Question Poll to Ensure our Trainings + Resources Match your Needs

Posted by Kim Lundgren on Feb 7, 2019 8:23:44 AM

What skills do you need to knock your community engagement, sustainability and climate action goals out of the park in 2019? 

Inquiring minds want to know...and help you reach those goals.  

The KLA team is developing a series of training opportunities -- in person and online -- along with supplemental resources like guidebooks and checklists. These will focus on local governments, sustainability and effective communications and community engagement. 

Answer this one quick question so that we can best meet your needs. 

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Welcome Angela Cleveland to the KLA Team!

Posted by Kim Lundgren on Feb 5, 2019 3:45:39 PM

The KLA Team is beyond excited to welcome Angela Cleveland as Director of Client Services. 

Our CEO Kim Lundgren, who has worked with Angie at both VHB and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, had this to say: "We are thrilled to have Angie on board to help take KLA and our services to our clients to the next level. We have experienced significant growth over the past 18 months and are confident that Angie will be instrumental in ensuring that we can continue to deliver quality services and products to all our clients working to create more sustainable communities."

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Write Winning Blog Posts

Posted by Kim Lundgren on Jan 23, 2019 10:29:13 AM

At KLA we’re on a mission to help local government staff and elected officials -- especially those focusing on sustainability and climate action -- up their communications and community outreach games in 2019. That’s why there is KLA Communications Boot Camp, a new series of blog posts, podcasts, guidebooks and trainings we will offer throughout the year focused on communications and community outreach skills.

Let’s dive right in to Part 2: Write Winning Blog Posts. (Note: Part 1 -- Website Content that Works -- is available here.)

A blog is an excellent way to keep website content fresh, drive people to your site, amplify your work and seed social media posts. Your local government doesn’t have a blog? The guidance below also applies if you have the opportunity to contribute an article to a local media outlet or similar.

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Website Content that Works

Posted by Kim Lundgren on Jan 22, 2019 4:12:00 PM

Do you have lofty community outreach and engagement goals for your sustainability, climate action or similar initiatives in 2019? Lay the groundwork for your success by first strengthening your overall communications skills. A good place to start is with the written word, which these days means websites, blog posts, emails and social media. We at Kim Lundgren Associates, Inc. (KLA) believe in the power of good writing and have experience honing the craft -- and we want to share our insights with you, starting with writing tips for websites.  

This is the first part of our KLA Communications Boot Camp -- a series of blog posts, podcasts, guidebooks and trainings we will offer throughout the year focused on enhancing communications and community outreach skills. Part 2 -- Write Winning Blog Posts -- is also available now.  

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Congrats to our Award-Winning, Grant-Scoring Clients!

Posted by Kim Lundgren on Dec 12, 2018 9:14:31 PM

One of the most rewarding aspects of our work at KLA is seeing our clients recognized for their incredible achievements. Every day we are proud to help them make a difference because they have embraced the mantle of leadership on sustainability, climate action, and equity. 

Fortunately, we’re not the only ones who have taken notice. 

As we wrap up 2018, we want to share with you just some of the accolades -- in the form of awards and grants -- that our rockstar client communities received this year.

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What Was Popular in 2018: Our Top Podcasts + Blog Posts

Posted by Kim Lundgren on Dec 12, 2018 11:00:21 AM

As 2018 draws to a close, we’re taking a trip down memory lane to highlight KLA’s most popular blog posts and SAS Talk with Kim podcasts of the year.

Pro tip: These make for great listening and reading material for your holiday travel and -- if you’re lucky enough to score some -- down time.

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Your Mission this Holiday Season: Discuss Climate Change, No Matter How Hard

Posted by Kim Lundgren on Nov 14, 2018 10:11:57 AM

Before we know it, the holidays will be upon us. While this time is often filled with delicious meals, community, and a time to reflect, it can also be a challenging space of reckoning with family and friends who harbor varying social and political beliefs. From gun control to the midterm election results, there will be no shortage of hot topics as you gather with loved ones.

That means the topic of climate -- not just potatoes and pie -- could be on the table. As one news article said, “when it comes to global warming, America’s political climate may have changed more than the Earth’s over the past three decades.” That’s quite a lot of change.

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Tis the Season...to Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

Posted by Kim Lundgren on Nov 1, 2018 8:25:00 AM

We’re about to enter the holiday season which is marked in large part by the act of giving (and receiving) gifts. The holidays exacerbate an issue that we grapple with every season and every day: waste. 

Which makes it the right time to look at our consumption habits, the growing interest in "circular economy" principles, efforts to curb single-use plastics from your straw to the supply chain, and steps we -- in our homes, at work and school, and within local government -- can take. 

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Preemption: How One Word Can Stop Progress in Local Communities

Posted by Kim Lundgren on Oct 10, 2018 8:37:56 PM

Cities are fighting back against preemption to chart their own course on issues from labor standards to civil rights to environmental protection.

In August I attended the Mayors Innovation Project summer meeting in Grand Rapids where one of the most common themes in presentations and casual conversations was "preemption." So we reached out to Kim Haddow with the Local Solutions Support Center to find out more about preemption, why it has so many communities worried, and what they are doing about it.

Here is our Q&A on preemption:

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Topics: sustainability, cities, preemption

6 Ways We Help You Meet Climate + Sustainability Goals

Posted by Kim Lundgren on Oct 8, 2018 1:37:07 PM

At KLA our clients want thriving, inclusive, healthy communities. Sometimes they come to us before they kick off of a major planning process, and we partner with them throughout that journey. Other times it starts with a GHG inventory or implementing a specific grant-based project with community engagement. Still others come to us for our Community Dashboard and wind up integrating our communications support.

Regardless of the starting point, KLA has been proud to work with communities from Encinitas, CA, to Cambridge, MA, and Indianapolis, IN, West Palm Beach, FL and San Antonio, TX. Here are 6 ways we help them achieve their climate and sustainability goals.

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Topics: sustainability, KLA, cities