How cities can support the adoption of electric vehicles.

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) has released a report exploring how cities can support the adoption of electric vehicles. Focusing on the Chinese city of Shenzhen, where nearly 60,000 electric light trucks and vans have been deployed in the last three years, the report explores how the city has adapted to them. It also looks at one of the most important questions …

Denver Initiative Would Raise Over $40 Million for Housing Efficiency, Retrofits, Training and Support of EJ and Low Income Communities

We have submitted our ballot language with suggested improvements to the City Council Referred Initiative drafters. We would also appreciate all of your input on where you feel changes/improvements should be made.  Please provide changes on the document as comments only or send suggestions to me that I will include in the document.  Thank you all for your help! Here are several equity …

Los Angeles Readies Nation’s Lowest Cost PV Project Yet at Less Than 2 Cents/kWh

Los Angeles’ municipal utility (LADWP) is readying a 25-year power purchase agreement for 400 MWac of solar power at 1.997¢/kWh along with 200 MW/800 MWh of energy storage at 1.3¢/kWh. There is no price escalator and the solar portion is a record low price for the United States. It even beats out the current US pricing leader – 8minute’s 2.375¢/kWh …

With another 2.5 billion urban dwellers predicted within the next 30 years, should we expand existing cities? Or is there a case for starting afresh?

Excerpt from The Guardian, July 2019 “The major reason for new cities is that there is so much migration,” says John Macomber, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School who has studied new city development in depth. “People are moving to cities all over the world to seek opportunity.” According to the UN, 68% of the world’s population will be living in …

Why U.S. Cities Aren’t Using More Electric Buses. Also Re-engineering the city around the bicycle

Two reports from the World Resource Institute look at the biggest barriers to electrifying the global bus fleet—and how cities can overcome them  LINDA POON, CityLab, JUN 27, 2019 There were about 425,000 electric buses in service in the world’s cities last year. Almost all—99 percent of them—were in China. The booming industrial city of Shenzhen, in particular, is one of only …

What a GND could mean for Washington DC

By David Schwartzman, Thedcline.org July 9, 2019 | CREATE! The Green New Deal first entered U.S. political discourse during Howie Hawkins’ 2010 Green Party campaign for New York governor. Jill Stein, the Green Party’s candidate for president, later invoked the idea in her 2012 and 2016 campaigns. Implementation of a Green New Deal is now being vigorously discussed at all levels of power: …

Report: Pittsburgh could reduce carbon emissions 75% by 2030

Cailin Crowe July 8, 2019 cyptportal.siemens.com/Siemens_CYPT_portal_introduction_selfservice.pdf Pittsburgh could reduce its carbon emissions almost 75% by 2030, improving air quality and creating 110,000 new jobs, according to results from the Siemens City Performance Tool (CyPT). The city could exceed its goal to reduce carbon emissions 50% by 2030, an analysis found, through implementing solar electricity generation and expanding district heating systems, electric …

Los Angeles creates and funds an official City Office and City Commission to develop and implement a climate emergency mobilization plan

On Wednesday July 3, by 13-0-2 vote of the City Council, the City of Los Angeles became the first government they know of to create and fund an official City Office and City Commission to develop and implement a mobilization plan, in response to the climate emergency.  This vote enacts the following: Creation of the Office of the Climate Emergency …

L.A.’s system of greater representation and civic participation, Neighborhood Council System and Dept of Neighborhood Empowerment

Ryan Conway|May 15, 2019 Shareable In the mid-1990s, Los Angeles faced some serious challenges: residents of the San Fernando Valley, the Harbor, and Hollywood had organized movements threatening to secede from the city. As reported by The Economist, The New York Times, The Atlantic and The City Journal, organizers believed both that they received disproportionately fewer and lower-quality services from the city, and that the …