KLA Perspectives

Our take on the current trends, issues, and best practices associated with sustainable communities

How to Get Consultants to Deliver Equitable Engagement, Starting with your RFP

Communities large and small are grappling with the COVID pandemic and civil unrest related to police violence. Deep, historical inequities have been laid bare. Once again, our most marginalized...

2020 On The Bright Side: Our Client Videos

Here at KLA, we love to show off our clients’ accomplishments. And this year we really mean SHOW off. In 2020 we produced 8 videos (with more in the works) that showcase their climate action and...

Podcast: Success with "Reduce and Reuse" in Devens

In a sign of how busy we have been at KLA even before the stress of COVID, we are just now able to share with you a conversation I had in late 2019 -- seems like eons go! But, like it or not, the...


Our clients want thriving, inclusive, healthy communities. We help them get there with innovative tools and tailored services to establish goals, take action, track progress and foster engagement.


In partnership with small towns and big cities, on projects both small
and expansive in scope, ranging from climate resilience to sustainability planning,
we've put our experience and expertise to work with incredible results.

The Livable Nashua dashboard created a totally new way for the City to educate the public on the many great programs and initiatives we are already doing, provide transparent data and really start engaging the community on long-term goal setting. Working with KLA has been a truly positive relationship. They are organized, clear, concise and completely able to implement projects on schedule.
Sarah Marchant
Community Development Director, City of Nashua, NH
Working with Kim and her team has been so easy. They are experts in both Climate Action Planning and web design. The matchup is perfect when it comes to the development of our dashboard. I don’t have to explain our data or emissions reduction goals – KLA just knows! We’re really excited to see what the KLA team comes up with for our dashboard!
Crystal Najera
Climate Action Administrator, City of Encinitas, CA
Our objective in working with KLA to create our dashboard was to better communicate progress towards our goals to the general public, but we have found that it’s valuable for internal engagement and communications as well. On more than one occasion, we have been able to quickly respond to requests from City Councilors or staff from other Departments regarding our progress toward goals by simply accessing our sustainability dashboard site from where ever we happen to be. It’s especially helpful as the dashboard takes complicated data sets, stored in files that cannot be remotely accessed, and synthesizes them into an easy to understand story supported by data visualization. This makes it easy for us to access answers quickly, but also allows us to point others to the site so that they can access the most up to date information whenever they need it.
Bronwyn Cooke
Sustainability Planner, Cambridge, MA
I love love love the social media content KLA sends every month, it is exactly what we need to engage the community in a fun and interactive way. We would never have time to generate this content ourselves.

KLA didn't just check the boxes. They helped us make the most of the MA Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program by including equitable community engagement and a series of compelling educational videos - which were a big hit in town! It has built a solid foundation for resilience in Concord thanks to KLA.
Kate Hanley
Sustainability Officer, Concord, MA

KLA Journey

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Learn from Scholastic News that baby seals are getting clubbed to death in the Arctic - Must Stop Poachers!

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Realize I can study something other than business in college- switch to an Environmental Science major.

Environmental Science major

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Started working with the City of Medford, MA. First Environmental Agent for the City of Medford. Developed the first climate action plan in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Built the City’s Office of Energy & Environment.

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Kickoff KLA with a sustainability planning project with the City of San Antonio, TX. Host City’s first Sustainability Summit.

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KLA Speaking Engagements

Kim has been featured at more than 50 events, including the national conferences for the American Planning Association, the American Public Works Association, and the National Adaptation Forum.

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