Salt Lake City removes EV charging fees to encourage use

By Katie Pyzyk. March 7, 2018, first Published on Electric vehicle (EV) owners in Salt Lake City can now get a free charge, thanks to the city’s repeal of user fees at its EV charging ports. The move is an effort to encourage residents to use the stations and purchase EVs. Since the installation of 28 charging stations a year ago, customers had …

Lack of water is key stressor for urban trees

A study out March 13 finds that urban trees can survive increased heat and insect pests fairly well — unless they are thirsty. Insufficient water not only harms trees, but allows other problems to have an outsized effect on trees in urban environments. “We would see some vibrant urban trees covered in scale insects, but we’d also see other clearly …

NYC can expect a Hurricane Sandy-like flood every 5 years if we turn around fossil fuel use now (1.5 C) or three per decade if temps rise around 2 C

The study found that New York City can expect two Hurricane Sandy-like floods per decade by the year 2100 if global temperatures rise 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and three such events per decade if temperatures rise to 2.0 and 2.5 C. Credit: DJ Rasmussen, Princeton University The 2015 Paris climate agreement sought to stabilize global temperatures by limiting …

Down the road, 70-90 percent of all driver fueling will be done either at home or work

Clean Technica, March 11th, 2018 by Jake Richardson. Also Frito-Lay and FedEx are piloting electric vehicle trucks. UPS recently announced its plans to deploy 50 plug-in electric delivery trucks on urban routes across the country. These trucks will help to make its fleet cleaner and quieter and are another step toward large-scale industry adoption of EV fleets. Cities such as Chicago, Palo Alto, and …

Research shows AirBnB is removing longer term rental housing and driving up prices

Excerpt from CityLab by Alistair Boone, March 2018 There are two kinds of horror stories about Airbnb. When the home-sharing platform first appeared, the initial cautionary tales tended to emphasize extreme guest (and occasionally host) misbehavior. But as the now decade-old service matured and the number of rental properties proliferated dramatically, a second genre emerged, one that focused on what the …

Integrated planning and partnerships help deliver Smart Cities projects and savings

Integrated planning also can help uncover opportunities such as smart LED street lighting, which can simultaneously reduce energy and maintenance costs, increase public safety and security, and promote healthy lifestyles (well-lit bike paths) while providing a connected platform for networked sensors, broadband communications and other community services. El Paso, Texas, is a good example of a city that took advantage …

Paris to offer subsidies to those who buy bikes, give up cars

By Chris Teale@chris_teale, March 8, 2018, Smart Cities Dive Paris will offer its residents tax incentives to give up their cars or buy electric bikes, according to a press release. Anyone who purchases an e-bike or upgrades a conventional bike with an electrical assist will receive up to €400 ($495) and those who purchase both electric and conventional cargo bikes will receive …

Free access to locally grown food for everyone – movement has turned all the public spaces, from the front yard of a police station to railway stations, into farms filled with edible herbs and vegetables for all

By Khushboo Balwani February 6, 2018 on Shareable Here’s the problem: The rapid expansion of cities is breaking the relationship that people have with the food ecosystem. Although the problem is receiving attention by some city officials, and they are adopting new sustainability programs and policies, it is a time-consuming, top-down process with an uncertain impact. What if with a bottom-up approach of …

The Risks and Rewards of Municipal Broadband: Broadband is the most important infrastructure investment a community can make, especially as a new generation of connection is upon us: ultra-broadband

A smart city is really about the application of data, the acquisition of data and how do we apply the data analytics to make better decisions. For me and the way I look at how we gauge smart cities, it’s about making better decisions with better data. In many cases, automating decisions that can be automated frees us up to …