Jim Crow in our Climate Crisis: Our extreme weather is blowback from energy systems that were designed and operated in ways that entrenched inequalities

Communities of color lived experience of wage and employment discrimination, segregation, separate and unequal schools, and other systemic harms were/are inextricable from the system of energy, domination, destruction, and privilege driving our country, along with greatest consumption, emissions and use of power by the wealthy, creating the climate crisis. Pollution of our air and water, ecological destruction, and extreme weather …

The Green New Deal aims to get buildings off fossil fuels. These 6 places have already started: The work of reducing carbon emissions from buildings has begun

Buildings are responsible for about 40 percent of the GHGs in the US, primarily natural gas these days but also heating oil burned to heat (and cool) the water and space inside buildings. CA: Last year, then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed an executive order that targeted statewide net-zero carbon emissions by 2045. Buildings are about 25 percent of state emissions, so that necessarily …

Affordable housing through diversification

In Telluride, a constricted canyon of about 2,600 residents, housing programs have focused on options, meaning everything from dorm-style rentals and tiny homes to stand-alone single-family homes and four-bedroom apartments:  Telluride isn’t immune to Colorado’s high country housing problem. But it’s finding a solution in  iversification MAR 18, 2019 The Colorado Sun — jason@coloradosun.com TELLURIDE — Lance McDonald walks onto the sprawling new …

An Arsenal of Ideas to Stage a Housing Revolution

In Berlin, first, in January, came an agreement from the city to buy housing stock from private landlords, something never tried before on such a large scale. Then came the call mentioned above to ban major landlords from holding very large numbers of apartments. And finally, renters’ associations and some officials in the city government are campaigning for the introduction …

San Francisco supervisors consider public banking options for affordable housing and more

Supervisors Endorse ‘Bold’ Public Bank Plan: Momentum builds for a city-run bank as supervisors encourage starry-eyed thinking that could divest $11 billion annual budget away from Wall Street and to local issues. Ida Mojadad, SF Weekly.com,  Dec 13th, 2018 After taking months to come up with public bank models criticized for not living up to the full potential, the Treasurer’s Office has a …