Best ways to close the income equity gap in solar adoption: Leasing and LMI incentives had the greatest impact, and PACE helped too

Researchers from Clean Kilowatts and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed software that predicts the most important business model interventions for closing the gap of residential PV adoption between high-income and low-to-middle-income areas. The researchers concluded that LMI incentives, leasing and PACE increase PV adoption equity. The model showed that these intervention models shift deployment into underserved markets with lower …

Electric School Bus Fleets Test the US V2G Proposition: Projects envision parked bus batteries as grid-balancing, revenue-generating resources

Coast-to-coast projects envision parked bus batteries as grid-balancing, revenue-generating resources. Electric school buses could be the “killer V2G app,” says Electric Highland Transportation CEO Duncan McIntyre. The idea is to replace the upfront and ongoing costs of EV buses and charging infrastructure with a fixed annual fee, equal to or less than a school district’s current budget for owning, fueling …

Farm Bureau joins alliance of food, forest, farming and environment groups to work with Congress to reduce the food system’s role in climate change and incentivize GHG reduction

“We have established some common ground, as long as there’s something our farmers can move into and not be forced, we think we can do a better job,” said Farm Bureau president Zippy Duvall. The Farm Bureau’s board of directors approved the recommendations. “Farmers and ranchers want partnerships, not mandates, and the recommendations laid out by FACA make it clear …

Indigenous women say this is clear: extractivism and violence go hand in hand. Mandate from Amazonian Women Grassroots Defenders of the Rainforest Against the Extractive Economic Model

Mandate from Amazonian Women Grassroots Defenders of the Rainforest Against the Extractive Economic Model We grassroots Amazonian women defenders of the rainforest against the extractive economic model resort for the second time to the President of Ecuador, to explain to you our mandate. Considering: That the Ecuadorian state is signatory to important international conventions and declarations for the rights of …

Population and car traffic are growing, oil and gas drillers set up more suburban operations, and summer wildfire smoke blows in from across the West. Sunlight cooks the emissions stew over the metro area and wedge the mix against the foothills.

The number of days where Colorado officials have called an “air quality action day,” meaning children and vulnerable populations are advised to avoid outdoor exertion, have risen from 18 in 2014 to 55 last year. ** Going along with fossil fuel dependent utilities and coal, oil and gas companies also mean shortened lives within Indigenous, Black, brown, and low-income communities, …

Rio Tinto blasts 46,000-year-old Aboriginal site to expand iron ore mine

By Calla Wahlquist, The Guardian, 26 May 2020 Mining company was given permission to blast Juukan Gorge cave, which provided a 4,000-year-old genetic link to present-day traditional owners This cave in the Juukan Gorge, dubbed Juukan 2, was destroyed in a mining blast on Sunday. Consent was given through outdated Aboriginal heritage laws drafted in 1972. Photograph: The Puutu Kunti Kurrama …

The Real Welfare Queens: Walmart is one of the top 4 employers of SNAP and Medicaid beneficiaries in every state. McDonald’s was in the top 5 in 9 states

November 19, 2020 by Common Dreams ‘The Real Looting in America Is the Walton Family’: GAO Report Details How Taxpayers Subsidize Cruel Low Wages of Corporate Giants “I say to the Walton family: Get off welfare,” declared Sen. Bernie Sanders in response to the government study he commissioned. “Pay your workers a living wage—at least $15 an hour.”by Jon Queally, …

How bike-friendly slow streets are changing cities

How bike-friendly ‘slow streets’ are changing cities, BBC, Nov 19, 2020 by Mark Johanson Moving around Bogotá can be a bit of a Jekyll-or-Hyde experience. On one hand, the city is infamous for having the world’s worst traffic. Yet, on the other, its cycling infrastructure is considered an exemplary model of sustainable urban mobility, according to the Copenhagenize Index, which ranks bike-friendly …

Community land trusts allow West Denver homeowners to stay in place, in their communities, build an ADU or pay down their mortgage

Help is available for west Denver homeowners struggling to stay in their homes, Donna Bryson, Denverite, Nov. 19, 2020 A new program, Stay in Place, allows them to sell the land under their homes into a land trust and use the cash to pay down their mortgages said West Denver Renaissance Collaborative Director Renee Martinez-Stone. They can sell the land …