Cities leading the way off cars and pollution

BY ADELE PETERS Fast Company, March 2019 In downtown Cairo, it’s not uncommon to see streets clogged with cars. But in a proposed redesign for a central thoroughfare, they’re hard to spot. Instead, in the concept illustration for what looks like the Egyptian version of Amsterdam, a two-way bike lane, a sidewalk, and a plaza filled with palm trees replace the sea of …

Berkeley is among the first US cities to earmark funding specifically to help local businesses convert to democratic worker ownership, to commit to enacting a procurement incentive for worker cooperatives and tailoring its revolving loan fund to explicitly target worker cooperatives and businesses converting to cooperative ownership

By Yassi Eskandari, Theselc.org, March 18, 2019 | CREATE! Supporters wore the color green to signify how worker cooperatives put people and planet above profit. (Represented: Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, Councilmembers Kate Harrison and Sophie Hahn, and members of the Sustainable Economies Law Center, Project Equity, Network of Bay Area Cooperatives, Democracy at Work Institute, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, and worker cooperative members and …

Public Banking Update – March 2019. CA AB857 carves out a special charter for city-owned public banks, San Francisco and LA are pursuing it

“In California, we’re going to get this done!” AB857 carves out a special charter for city-owned public banks In dual press conferences Monday in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California legislators announced the introduction of AB857, a bill that would enable cities and regions to charter their own public banks and create a public banking network in the state.  The announcement …

San Francisco Municipal Utility To Focus On 100% Renewable Energy & Job Creation 

San Francisco Municipal Utility To Focus On 100% Renewable Energy & Job Creation by Steve Hanley, Clean Technica, March 14th, 2019  Creative destruction is one of the fundamental principals of capitalism. In theory, when a business no longer serves the needs of the marketplace, it will be destroyed and replaced by one that does. That’s pretty much what officials in San …

Surprisingly high levels of public support for emergency declarations. Both realistic assessment (fear) and hope are needed and effective

Strong fear messages have been found to be more effective than weak fear messages; when fear is combined with hope, this can create an emotional drive that motivates a change of habit. MAJORITY SUPPORT FOR DECLARING A CLIMATE EMERGENCY By David Spratt, Resilience.org March 13, 2019 | ORGANIZE! In five countries —  Australia, the USA, Canada, the UK and Switzerland  — an impressive 382 …

Comprehensive housing security and economic mobility legislative package in Boston

Boston mayor unveils housing security and economic mobility legislation, Katie Pyzyk, Smart Cities Dive, Jan. 8, 2019 Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced on Monday a comprehensive housing security and economic mobility legislative package. The 14-bill package, which he detailed in a Boston Herald Op-Ed, aims to promote equity, opportunity and resilience by “preserving neighborhoods, stabilizing vulnerable households, supporting small businesses, removing barriers that keep people in poverty …

Advice on NIMBYs from a top planning director: listen carefully, address what they are afraid of, build better, and train politicians

Advice on NIMBYs from a top planning director. I value them. I listen carefully and I learn what they’re afraid of, why they say no. Often I will learn how to do yes better and address their fears, or at least mitigate them. NIMBYs are not necessarily the problem. They are behaving normally for humans. The problem is politicians and other decision-makers …

American Cities Climate Challenge Renewables Accelerator (ACCCRA) helps cities reach energy goals

An initiative known as the American Cities Climate Challenge Renewables Accelerator (ACCCRA) is working to help US cities reach their renewable energy goals. The program is backed by the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge, the Rocky Mountain Institute, the World Resources Institute, and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. ACCCRA will help cities procure and deploy large-scale, off-site renewable energy and …

RMI: Accelerating the Adoption of Advanced Mobility Solutions in Minnesota

Empowering Utilities to Participate in the Clean-Energy Transition – Part 3, RMI, March 1, 2019 By Todd Zeranski, Heather House, and David Labrador This is the third blog in a three-part series. The first blog, Renewable Heating in Juneau, Alaska, is available here. The second blog, Aligning Energy Demand with Renewable Energy Production in Oregon, is available here. One of the central challenges in transitioning to a more …

Austin plan aims to reduce single-occupancy vehicle use, especially solo commuters from 74% now to 50% by 2039

Austin, TX releases final draft of strategic mobility plan, by Katie Pyzyk, Smart Cities Dive, March 6, 2019.   Austin releases their first comprehensive multimodal transportation plan.  Atlanta, another heavily car-centric city without a robust transit system, released a long-term transportation plan last year to address the city’s immediate transportation needs and account for long-term regional growth. Like Austin’s plan, Atlanta’s includes elements to get people …