Re-thinking housing and commuting in Boulder

Abigail Bradford and James Horrox, Frontier Group; Danny Katz, Copirg Foundation; Travis Madsen and Mathew Frommer, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project August 8, 2019 https://frontiergroup.org/sites/default/files/reports/FINAL%20-%20Boulder%20Growing%20Greener.pdf By combining policies that encourage compact development, sustainable transportation and green building practices, Boulder can help to address global warming, improve the quality of our air and water, and protect Colorado’s undeveloped areas from sprawling development. The inability …

Addressing the housing shortage in weathy cities?

Economies and populations have concentrated in a handful of cities, while homes have gotten more expensive and harder to build. A growing movement is calling for change. By Jake Blumgart  21 Sep 2020 (Last Updated 1 Oct 2020) E-mail article Most of the world’s most successful urban areas today share a common ailment: a housing shortage. Put simply, wealthy cities like London, …

Low-Income Households Pay More for Energy, but Efficiency Can Help

With bans on utility shutoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic expiring, action is needed to ease the energy burdens of at-risk communities. By Ariel Drehobl, US News, Sept 30, 2020 How Energy Efficiency Can Help Those With Lower IncomesMore Energy efficiency and weatherization can help ease the burdens of millions of struggling families. PAY THE ELECTRIC BILL or the mortgage? Run the air …

More than 1 in 3 US rooftops are suitable for solar: 30 million rooftops should be in next relief bill

350 Colorado’s Take on the Governor’s Roadmap + Why 30 Million Solar Rooftops Should Be In the Next Relief Bill https://ilsr.org/why-30-million-solar-rooftops-should-be-in-the-next-relief-bill/ by JOHN FARRELL 10 April 2020 As the federal government looks to a second (or even third) stimulus bill, Congress should consider a huge opportunity to pay Americans that pays back: solar rooftops. Somewhat more than one in three home …

Nearly half of Californians live in multi-family housing, but only 18% of chargers are located there

Sep 28, 2020, Forbes, Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology, Amanda Myers Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order requiring the exclusive sale of zero-emission passenger vehicles (ZEVs) starting in 2035. This executive order raises the state’s ambition to reduce transportation emissions and other harmful pollutants, but the state will likely miss this goal unless all Californians can gain access to electric …

Leveraging the Health Care Benefits of Energy-Efficient Housing

https://info.ornl.gov/sites/publications/Files/Pub124723.pdf The healthcare industry has the potential to be a strong ally in the effort to reduce the energy burdens of low-income households. Problems associated with high energy burdens often include adverse health effects. Insufficient heating and cooling systems and leaky homes can cause hypothermia and heat stress. Improper air filtration, cracked heat exchangers, and poor ventilation can exacerbate asthma …

How Sweden Is Transforming Homes Into Power Stations

One example is in the city of Ludivika where 1970s flats have recently been retrofitted with the latest smart energy technology. 48 family apartments spread across 3 buildings have been given photovoltaic solar panels, thermal energy storage and heat pump systems. A micro energy grid connects it all, and helps charge electric cars overnight. The result is a cluster of ‘prosumer’ …

Charlottesville group pushes leaders to link climate goals with energy equity

By Elizabeth McGowan, US Energy News, August 18, 2020 A recent report draws attention to the extreme energy burden facing hundreds of low-income and people of color in the community. At first glance, access to affordable and secure energy doesn’t seem much of a struggle for residents of Charlottesville, Virginia. On average, households spend just over 2% of their income …

Innovations in Naturally Affordable Housing

Synopsis of Select 14 Sessions Introduction: Please find a very brief introduction to each of the sessions, listing the presenters and how you can access their programmatic information from their websites, books and articles.  While I took 49 pages of handwritten notes, I do not plan to type them up. Topic: ADUs Increasing Residential Density with Manufactured ADUs Presenter: Patrick …

29-43% of renter households, could be at risk of eviction by the end of the year, and people of color are most at risk

Thirty-one percent of Black renters reported they were unable to pay rent in July compared to 28% of Latinx renters and 14% of White renters, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, said during a Friday virtual town hall hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus. Thirty to forty million people, or 29-43% of renter households, could be at risk of eviction by the end of the year, …