Study finds renewable energy has created 6,300 jobs and generates $388.6 million a year in economic activity in eastern rural Colorado, which has 55% of the state’s solar arrays

By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com Colorado Springs Gazette, Jul 28, 2020 Updated Aug 6, 2020 The renewable energy industry has created 6,334 jobs and generates $388.6 million a year in economic activity in eastern Colorado, according to a study released Tuesday by three Colorado advocacy groups. The study from The Western Way, a Denver-based conservative environmental group, was conducted by Littleton-based Development Research Partners. It found $9.4 billion …

Resentment generated by economic and wealth inequality has triggered growing hostility between urban and rural regions

Foreign Policy, by Roberto Stefan Foa and Jonathan Wilmot Research shows that property prices are one of the best predictors of whether voters supported or opposed Britain’s vote to leave the EU, even at the ward level (the smallest electoral unit) A woman holds an electoral map as voting results come in at Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s election night event …

It’s Gonna Be Okay: Faith and Climate on a Hopi Drylands Farm

SFA Staff | July 9, 2020 | ClimateLore, Worklife by Michael Kotutwa Johnson, as told to Kimi Eisele I met the cornfields early, riding with my cousins in the back of my grandfather’s old pickup truck, bouncing up and down, hitting our heads up against the camper as we drove the dirt road to the field. Sometimes after we finished planting, hoeing weeds, or thinning …

97% of US land area and a fifth of its population remains rural. Cultural factors and sometimes land use policies were associated with reduced rural car ownership, not transportation policies.

Emma L. Rearick, Gregory L. Newmark September 1, 2018, TRR Automobile use is recognized as affecting public health, environmental sustainability, land use, and household expense. Car use is closely tied to car ownership rates. Most car ownership research focuses on urban areas; however, 97% of the United States’ land area and a fifth of its population remains rural. Factors that affect …

Did you know that the majority of counties with high rates of zero-car households are rural? More Than One Million Households Without a Car in Rural America Need Better Transit

Rural Americans without cars face unique barriers and they deserve a tailored approach to their transit needs rather than just assuming they can or will drive everywhere. By Rayla Bellis, Streetsblog, May 18, 2020 Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Smart Growth America. It is republished here with permission. Many people think the only Americans regularly relying on transit to reach jobs …

Improving transit and shared mobility service and access in rural disadvantaged communities

Conclusions from Caroline Rodier et al. 2018 In general, the pilot concepts and locations were selected by the eight MPOs for implementation because they could be supported by redirecting funding from current underperforming transit services, showed significant promise for improving mobility and access in rural disadvantaged communities, and could be replicated in other communities throughout the San Joaquin Valley. MPOs …

Through new shared services state and local agencies and orgs can chip away at mobility needs and services, even in low-income, rural areas

Mayor Rey Leon of Huron California had the following point to add to shared mobility principles… Shared Mobility Principle 11. WE SUPPORT COMMUNITY COST-EFFECTIVE INDIGENOUS MODELS OF VOLUNTEER-BASED TRANSPORT AND NOT A COLONIAL APPROACH OF IMPOSING A CAR-SHARING SERVICE WITH A FOCUS ON PROFITS. Rural communities in the Central California farmworker communities have been ride-sharing before it was sexy. Due …