100 million Americans, including 27 million children lack access to decent nearby green spaces

Low-income households and people of color in cities are least likely to live near decent green spaces . low-income households and people of color least likely to live close to parks with basic amenities like bathrooms, playgrounds and basketball courts. Multiple studies have shown that spending time in green spaces reduces stress and improves physical and psychological wellbeing for adults …

Concrete – pollution reduction

University of California – Davis. “Concrete solutions that lower both emissions and air pollution: Air quality and climate change intertwine in unexpected ways; a concrete example.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 23 March 2020. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200323132416.htm> Sometimes, fixing one problem can create another. Concrete production contributes 8 percent of global greenhouse gases, and demand continues to rise as populations and incomes grow. Yet some …

Customer-Focused Alternatives to Gas Will Provide Health Benefits and Local Economic Development. Direct building emissions from gas contribute 10 percent of nation’s total GHG pollution.

Last year, New York’s legislature and Governor Cuomo made a major commitment to climate action, passing the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). The CLCPA commits the state to emissions reductions of 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030 and 85 percent by 2050. Along the way, New York’s electricity system must be 70 percent renewable by 2030 and 100 …

City and State Stretch Codes

https://gettingtozeroforum.org/policy-resources/ ZERO ENERGY POLICY An increasing number of cities, counties, and states around the US are committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. Here we provide a curated list of leading energy goals, policies, and energy stretch codes from states and local jurisdictions, as well as programs that support jurisdictions. Resources include legislation, strategic plans, energy and climate action plans, …

Approaches Cities Are Taking and Law on Municipal Gas Bans

The bans in California and Massachusetts rely on different sources of authority. Many of the California bans are structured as amendments to the local building codes. In that state, municipalities are permitted to adopt building energy code provisions that are more stringent than the state code with California Energy Commission approval. San Jose, Menlo Park, San Mateo, West Hollywood and …

States and cities pursuing building electrification

Feb 2020, Garet Bleir for Sierra Club See 34-page Building Electrification Action Plan A major push for the electrification of buildings is occurring, outfitting new or retrofitting existing buildings with electric heating units and appliances instead of being powered by fossil fuels such as “natural” (fracked and conventional) gas, which has health and safety (including climate) effects.  Seattle has just enacted …

The Economics of Electrifying Buildings

Ed. Note: How much better are the economics now? Has the price of the new equipment come down? 2018  |  By RMI – Sherri Billimoria, Leia Guccione, Mike Henchen, Leah Louis-Prescott FULL REPORT DOWNLOAD Seventy million American homes and businesses burn natural gas, oil, or propane on-site to heat their space and water, generating 560 million tons of carbon dioxide each year—one-tenth of …

Results of the Getting to Zero in Buildings Forum

22 other California cities and counties that followed Berkeley’s lead, including San Jose, the country’s 10th-largest city, have done so with building codes that encourage electric wiring and appliances February 12, 2020  |  By RMI Sneha Ayyagari, Cara Carmichael, Greg Hopkins, Jacob Corvidae, Laurie Stone As we embark on a new decade, we are reflecting on the many exciting advancements in the …

This building produces twice the energy it consumes, and it’s the future: Powerhouse super-efficient buildings generate power for the community around them

This building produces twice the energy it consumes, and it’s the future: It’s the latest “Powerhouse,” a name the architects at Snøhetta invented to describe super-efficient buildings that generate power for the community around them BY MARK WILSON, Fast Company For most of us, life in the city of Trondheim, Norway, would take some getting used to. At 63 degrees north …