Vacant land and urban agriculture are rejuvenating wild bee populations. Bees love cities. What can cities do to love them back?

By Jen Kinney May 28, 2018 also see https://nextcity.org/features/view/much-to-do-about-vacant-lots Last summer, Paul Maeillo had to clear a vacant lot in North Philadelphia, and he wasn’t happy about it. He’d done it plenty of times before, as part of the Philadelphia Horticultural Society’s LandCare program, which hires local contractors to maintain the neighborhood’s many abandoned parcels. But on this day the lot was …

Vacant lot rehab: Mowing-to-own in St. Louis. Installing trees and picket fences in Philly. How sweat equity and community engagement improves the economics of vacant-land reuse.

By James A. Anderson on Next City 2018 Cities across the U.S. Midwest and Rust Belt have long prayed for model citizens like St. Louisan Eltoreon Hawkins. Hawkins has drive: “My vision is to start on the block, in the neighborhood where I live,” he says. “I want to stabilize it. I see it as my chance to give back to …

San Francisco joins Denver in commitment to 100% renewable electricity/grid by 2030, commits to make buildings carbon neutral by 2050

San Francisco Mayor London Breed committed the city to dramatically reduce its emissions by 2050 through an ambitious series of goals to combat climate change. Breed pledged to reduce waste generation by 15% and landfill disposal by 50% by 2030; to make buildings carbon neutral by 2050; to issue more green bonds to fund for sustainable construction projects; and to switch all electricity …

Public banking must build and take power from finance

By Matt STANNARD on Occupy.com TUE, 7/17/2018 This is Part 10 in a 10-part series on public banking and economic justice. Read parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 If Los Angeles voters choose to lift the city’s ban on government-run banking services this November, the battle for a public bank in that city won’t be over. It will just be getting started, and the barriers will be enormous. Los Angeles …

Utility shifting to renewables is a critical piece of St. Paul MN commitment to get to 85% renewable power by 2030 and net zero overall by 2050

St. Paul, MN sets plan to make buildings carbon neutral by 2030, https://www.twincities.com/2018/07/08/st-paul-aims-to-make-public-buildings-carbon-neutral-by-2030-private-buildings-by-2050/ By Jason Plautz on Utility Dive, July 10, 2018, St. Paul, MN has set a goal to make all public buildings carbon neutral by 2030 and all private buildings carbon neutral by 2050, reports the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. A big part of the emissions cuts will come from local utility’s plan to …

Halfway to boiling: the city at 50C, the temperature at which human cells start to cook, animals suffer and air conditioners overload power grids. Once an urban anomaly, 50C is fast becoming reality

In a city at 50C, the only people in sight are those who do not have access to air conditioning by Jonathan Watts and Elle Hunt in The Guardian, Mon 13 Aug 2018  Imagine a city at 50C (122F). The pavements are empty, the parks quiet, entire neighbourhoods appear uninhabited. Nobody with a choice ventures outside during daylight hours. Only at night do the denizens …

Signaling the endgame for fossil fueled vehicles

As part of the ZEV Challenge, State and regional governments, cities and businesses representing millions of dollars in purchasing power have united to accelerate the global manufacture of Zero Emission Vehicles. The ZEV Challenge asks leaders in automotive industry to signal an endgame for fossil-fuel vehicles, and drive forward progress towards a clean future. The ZEV Challenge is being supported by: The …

New Bangkok park is designed for a future of flooded cities

This new park is designed for a future of flooded cities: Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn Centennial Park can hold a million gallons of rainwater to help control the city’s increasing floods.  Fast Company, 22 Aug 2018   By ADELE PETERS Sitting on former swampland in a low-lying river delta, Bangkok has always flooded. In the 1800s, the majority of the population lived in floating homes and …

Vienna, Austria is top of The Economist’s The Global Liveability Index

Melbourne is no longer at the top of The Economist’s The Global Liveability Index, knocked off by Vienna, the perennial runner-up. The main reason for its climb is “improvements seen in stability and safety across most regions in the past year. Whereas in the past, cities in Europe have been affected by the spreading perceived threat of terrorism in the …

Just transition funds via a 1 percent charge on mega-retailers’ revenue from city sales, excluding groceries and medicine. Companies such as Wells Fargo, Apple, Comcast, and Banana Republic that make over $1 billion in revenue a year

By Kate Yoder on Jul 30, 2018, Grist.com, Should big corporations pay for clean energy? Portland voters will decide. Reverend E.D. Mondainé, president of the NAACP Portland Branch and chief petitioner of the Portland Clean Energy Fund. Rick Rappaport / Portland Clean Energy Fund A new ballot initiative in Portland would raise $30 million a year for clean energy through a tax on …