How planned retreat is evolving with use of eminent domain

Trump Administration presses cities to evict homeowners from flood zones The New York Times | Christopher Flavelle The federal government is giving local officials nationwide a painful choice: Agree to use eminent domain to force people out of flood-prone homes, or forfeit a shot at federal money they need to combat climate change. That choice, part of an effort by …

City and State Stretch Codes

https://gettingtozeroforum.org/policy-resources/ ZERO ENERGY POLICY An increasing number of cities, counties, and states around the US are committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. Here we provide a curated list of leading energy goals, policies, and energy stretch codes from states and local jurisdictions, as well as programs that support jurisdictions. Resources include legislation, strategic plans, energy and climate action plans, …

Legal Considerations for Urban Carbon Mitigation Policies

Posted on October 29th, 2019 by Amy Turner in Carbon Law Blog, LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR URBAN CARBON MITIGATION POLICIES By Amy Turner Last month, the Sabin Center announced our new Cities Climate Law Initiative, a project aimed at helping U.S. cities achieve their climate mitigation commitments by addressing critical gaps or obstacles to advancing implementation of the laws and legal tools available to help reduce …

Approaches Cities Are Taking and Law on Municipal Gas Bans

The bans in California and Massachusetts rely on different sources of authority. Many of the California bans are structured as amendments to the local building codes. In that state, municipalities are permitted to adopt building energy code provisions that are more stringent than the state code with California Energy Commission approval. San Jose, Menlo Park, San Mateo, West Hollywood and …

Legal Tools for Achieving Low Traffic Zones

LEGAL TOOLS FOR ACHIEVING LOW TRAFFIC ZONES (LTZS): NEW SABIN CENTER WHITE PAPER February 10th, 2020 by Amy Turner An increasing number of U.S. cities are seeking to limit the flow of vehicular traffic in designated areas as a means to reduce greenhouse gas and other emissions from cars and trucks and to help achieve their municipal climate goals. The creation of …

States and cities pursuing building electrification

Feb 2020, Garet Bleir for Sierra Club See 34-page Building Electrification Action Plan A major push for the electrification of buildings is occurring, outfitting new or retrofitting existing buildings with electric heating units and appliances instead of being powered by fossil fuels such as “natural” (fracked and conventional) gas, which has health and safety (including climate) effects.  Seattle has just enacted …

How reducing inequality will make our cities safer

2 Mar 2020, WEForum by Robert Muggah Principal, SecDev Group and Sameh WahbaGlobal Director, Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice, World Bank Overlapping forms of inequality contribute to violent victimization in cities, from wealth inequality to educational opportunities and property rights; In virtually every city, the vast majority of violent crime is concentrated in just a few neighbourhoods; To …

From Carbon Calculators to Energy System Analysis in Cities

Energies 2019, 12(12), 2307; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12122307 by David Drysdale 1,* Brian Vad Mathiesen 1 and Henrik Lund 2 1Department of Planning, Aalborg University, A C Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 Copenhagen, Denmark2Department of Planning, Aalborg University, Rendsburggade 14, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.Received: 30 April 2019 / Accepted: 5 June 2019 / Published: 17 June 2019Download PDF Browse Figures Abstract: Energy systems in cities need to be …

Deserted oil wells haunt Los Angeles with toxic fumes and enormous cleanup costs

By MARK OLALDE, RYAN MENEZES, LA Times, MARCH 6, 2020 Thick oil was once so abundant beneath Southern California that it bubbled to the surface, most famously at the La Brea Tar Pits. But after more than a century of aggressive drilling by fossil fuel companies, most of Los Angeles’ profitable oil is gone. What remains is a costly legacy: nearly …

Honolulu’s lawsuit for damages cites oil and gas industry’s concealing of science that predicted catastrophic consequences for the continued burning of fossil fuels

David Hasemyer, MAR 10, 2020, Inside Climate News Honolulu city officials, lashing out at the fossil fuel industry in a climate change lawsuit filed Monday, accused oil producers of concealing the dangers that greenhouse gas emissions from petroleum products would create, while reaping billions in profits.  The lawsuit, against eight oil companies, says climate change already is having damaging effects …