Rebuilding the commons in the city

Stark boundaries—rich vs. poor, black and brown vs. white—begin to break down as people share parks, trails, libraries, nature centers, and other gathering places.  With the promise of these projects beginning to shine, the city of Philadelphia is launching an expansion of the civic commons by investing $500 million to reinvigorate parks, libraries, playgrounds, and recreation centers. Called Rebuild, the …

Ways cities are implementing clean energy

City rules Relatively easy places to start Adopt a resolution to get your community to 100% renewable energy by 2050 (or sooner). Sample ordinance: Pueblo, CO; Traverse City, MI; East Hampton, NY Minimize zoning and permitting costs for renewable energy systems. Sample ordinance: Lancaster, CA Replace all public lighting with LEDs.  Sample ordinance: New York, NY.  Examples: Oahu, Sioux Falls, New York …

How P2P politics can change the world, one city at a time

By Ann Marie Utratel Commons Transition, 5 June 2017, Commons in the Time of Monsters promotion of real, needs-oriented entrepreneurship, bolstered by explicit recognition and support of bottom-up productive infrastructures, such as Open Coops, mesh wireless networks or community renewables through public-Commons partnerships. It would allow commoners to repurpose or take over unused or underutilised public buildings for social ends …

Fast tracking people friendly streets in Nashville and Denver

By Stephen Miller, Streetsblog, 25 May 2017 Nashville’s busiest bus routes are in line for more frequent service and transit-only lanes under the city’s new action plan. Photo: Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County Nashville is known as the home of the country music industry — and a fast-growing region of car-centric sprawl. But local leaders realize they can’t accommodate …

Cleaning up our cities: top 5 innovations for low carbon cities goes beyond the normal set

By Michael Barnard, Clean Technica, May 15th, 2017 At first blush, the list seems obvious. Electrification of transportation Buying clean energy from wind and solar generation, and Some low-carbon building changes. But that seems a bit too facile. What’s really changing cities? My personal list of major urban low-carbon innovations includes net metering, vehicle fleet emissions standards, complete streets zoning, …

2017 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard reveals top cities, best practices and strategies

D. Ribeiro, V. Hewitt, E. Mackres, R. Cluett, L. Ross, S. Vaidyanathan, and S. Zerbonne, The 2015 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard  (Washington,  DC:  ACEEE,  2015). aceee.org/research-report/u1502. The 2017 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard compares cities across five policy areas: Local government operations Community-wide initiatives Buildings policies Energy and water utilities Transportation policies Boston earned the top spot for the third City …

Low hedges along roads instead of taller trees, help air pollution and health

Science Daily, 16 May 2017 The harmful impact of urban air pollution could be combated by strategically placing low hedges along roads in a built-up environment of cities instead of taller trees, a new study has found. The study, just published in the journal Atmospheric Environment, points out that low hedges reduce the impact of pollution from vehicles in cityscapes …

New models for assessing air pollution from vehicles in cities

May 17th, 2017 by The Beam A new study conducted in Nuremberg, Germany, by big data company Teralytics, Telefonica NEXT, and sustainability solution provider South Pole Group has shown how analysing mobile network data can be used as an effective way to estimate the level of carbon emissions and air pollution in cities at low cost. Every call, text, or …

Volvo trucks and Renova testing autonomous garbage trucks

By James Ayre, Clean Technica, May 17th, 2017  Volvo Trucks and the Sweden-based waste management company Renova have begun testing autonomous refuse/garbage trucks, with the intent of improving the safety of such vehicles, according to a new press release from the companies. The autonomous vehicle tech systems being tested now are the same ones (for the most part) that have …