Large cities may cut emissions by a third based on improvements in housing density alone. Reducing driving is essential

Patrick Sisson at Curbed pointed out recently that some studies have estimated that large global cities could cut their emissions by a third based on improvements in housing density alone. We have to start talking about these solutions and making them part of mainstream environmental policy, Hankins says. Time is running out. “We can’t afford to ignore significant climate mitigation measures just …

Car bans are the future in vehicle clogged cities

“It might feel odd to stroll across a crosswalk and not have the grill of a car, waiting to turn right, breathing on your leg. Vehicles have taken over our streets, so people assume vehicles have the right of way,” said Kaufman. Car bans aren’t just about getting places faster. Urban dwellers don’t have to tolerate car-choked streets where pedestrian …

Janette Sadik-Khan: Car Crashes Are an Epidemic We Can Solve

“Government and public health officials routinely face problems that exceed their capacities and powers. Traffic deaths are not one of them. Although the average transportation agency confines itself to repairing potholes, repaving roads, maintaining signs, and so on, there is much more that municipal governments can do. From 2007 to 2013, both of us worked in the New York City …

Fossil Gas Has No Future in Low-Carbon Buildings

January 6, 2020  |  By Mark Silberg, RMI States and cities across the country are beginning to grapple with a persistent source of carbon emissions that has largely gone ignored: burning fossil fuels in buildings. While the electric power sector nationally has reduced emissions more than 25 percent, there has been no change in carbon emissions from direct fossil fuel use in …

With strategic demand reductions, states lead the way on utility regulation that can cut costs and emissions

Forbes, Feb 5, 2020, Amanda Myers, Energy Policy Analyst at Energy Innovations States are committing to bolder clean electricity standards, driving increased adoption of cost-competitive renewables but also requiring additional system flexibility to support variable wind and solar generation while maintaining reliable service. Customer demand itself can be a zero-carbon source of grid flexibility – but it is still barely being tapped. Demand …

Flash treatment of carbon-based waste, from banana peels to chunks of coal, produces high-quality graphene that can be used in concrete and strong plastics

Coal to concrete? Scientists report chemical breakthrough E&E News | Parker Shea Feb 2020 Rice University researchers have discovered a way to convert coal, petroleum coke, plastic or any carbon-based waste into a substance that they say can slash emissions cheaply from some of the most energy-intensive industries, such as concrete and cement manufacturing. The resulting “flash graphene” can bind …

21st Century Urban Mobility: ID a champion and make the value proposition around why changes in the built environment can help to drive prosperity

In order to decarbonize the urban environment, we must change not only how we get around cities, but also how cities themselves are planned. “There are small changes that cities can make,” he says. “The first thing is a need to identify a champion that is going to really believe in this work. You need to make the value proposition …

Los Angeles Asks Residents to Design Their Own Parks and Get Involved in New Mobility Solutions

 ZOE SULLIVAN     NOVEMBER 7, 2019, Next City The ribbon cutting for Golden Age Park, an intergenerational pocket park planned with the help of community members. (Photo by Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust) Land trusts have gained attention across the U.S. as a means to preserve affordable housing, but the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust (LANLT) has a different focus: it hones …

Innovation Opportunities in Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings

November 19, 2019  |  By Sneha Ayyagari and Matt Jungclaus, RMI What if buildings could communicate with the electric grid to save money and reduce their environmental impacts? Buildings drive up to 80 percent of the peak demand on the grid, and peak demand drives grid investments in generation, transmission, and distribution assets, so there is a huge opportunity to balance building …