City framework for deep decarbonization. How much do citizens, businesses and municipal government spend on fossil fuels every year, where it goes and what it could otherwise fund if it were instead invested in the city’s clean energy future

USDN and Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance Framework for Long-Term Deep Carbon Reduction Planning A core function of CNCA is to facilitate other cities’ understanding of how leading-edge cities are planning for long-term deep carbon reductions, and enable cities to take a more robust, consistent, equitable and comprehensive approach to carbon neutral planning and implementation. In 2015, we developed a streamlined Deep Carbon …

Land use change in cities with AVs, new tech and TNCs. The importance of names for small neighborhoods, and more

In Futurism, The Conversation, 16 Oct 2017 by Tan Yigitcantar et al.  Smart City Solutions The convergence of technology and the city is seen as a possible remedy for the challenging issues of urbanisation. Autonomous vehicles are among the most popular of many smart city solutions. Also known as driverless car technology, it could reshape our cities. One recent prediction is that by 2040 these vehicles …

Oxford is first in the UK to make city center fossil free, banning gas and diesel vehicles. New plans slated to go into effect from 2020.

19 Oct 2017 by James Ayre on Clean Technica The city of Oxford, England, will become the first in the UK to ban all diesel and petrol/gas-powered cars from its city center, if newly revealed plans go through. Image © Copyright David Hawgood and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. The new plans from the prominent university city will see a so-called “Zero Emission Zone” imposed …

What is a national urban policy?

19 Sept 2017 CityScope excerpt A country with a national urban policy has developed some vision guiding the growth and management of cities. UN-Habitat has a more formal definition: A national urban policy is “a coherent set of decisions derived through a deliberate government-led process of coordinating and rallying various actors for a common vision and goal that will promote more …

Learning from early adopters in smart mobility: ID your city’s unique needs, be bold, focus on broad scale deployment

25 Sept 2017 Smart Cities Dive, Excerpt Getting started with lessons learned from early adopters Lesson 1: Identify your city’s unique needs Different cities, states and local municipalities will have different needs and goals when it comes to digitizing their transportation systems. Therefore, no one approach can be considered a panacea for all cities. For example, cities that only became …

100% Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum – sessions, outcomes, final report

Leaders in the 100% renewable energy in cities movement along with vanguard city officials, implementers, researchers, and other organizations that are advancing urban energy solutions around the world came together in over three dozen workshops, plenary sessions, site visits, and other activities.  Below please find links to the outcomes of Global Learning Forum 2017.  The Final Report synthesizes ideas and themes heard during …

Land Use levers to prevent increased pollution and sprawl with mobility on demand

Excerpt from Giovanni Circella et al., UC-Davis The most important policy levers to mitigate against more sprawl and environmental damage will be pricing. There are several types of effective pricing mechanisms that are recommended: Pricing mobility: Pricing travel by VMT, vehicle size and incentivizing increased vehicle occupancy, while strongly dis-incentivizing zero occupancy trips will send the necessary signals that use of …

Uber Movement

StateScoop – Platform Needs Some Work Before Government Can Get Excited – excerpt Boston Chief Information Officer Jascha Franklin-Hodge had when reviewing Uber Movement, the ride hailing company’s first attempt at an open data platform to help transportation planners and researchers: Uber’s new website, launched last month, presents visitors with a map to compare trip times between different sections of cities and do comparisons to see …