Philadelphia moving forward with a plan to create 10,000 green jobs over 10 years

Philadelphia is moving forward with an ambitious plan to create 10,000 “green jobs” over 10 years. It involves investing $1 billion in public and private money into energy efficiency projects in all city-owned buildings, schools, as well as 25,000 low-to-moderate-income homes and 2,500 small businesses. Energy efficiency plans are often billed as a “win-win-win:” clients save money on energy bills by …

6-person Uber vehicles and riders using program for transit, allows skipping taxes on commutes

UberPool vehicles must be able to accommodate six passengers to qualify for pretax benefits, says WageWorks. by Eric Newcomer December 13, 2016 Uber Technologies Inc. is expanding a partnership with WageWorks Inc. that allows users of the ride-sharing giant’s UberPool service to pay for commutes to and from work with pretax funds, bringing the benefit to several cities across the U.S. The …

Denver new city hub will be an internet of things (IoT), have self-driving EasyMile shuttle, and an energy grid with solar power during the day and batteries at night

Peña Station, currently a remote rail station south of Denver International Airport, may be the location of one of the most futuristic smart city developments. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock expressed his desire for Peña Station to be more than just a transit hub and earlier this year Panasonic jumped at the chance to make it a thriving community, outfitted with …

Energy Department Launches Zero Energy Schools Accelerator

December 6, 2016  SIX SCHOOL DISTRICTS & TWO STATES ARE AMONG FIRST AIMING TO MAKE ZERO ENERGY SCHOOLS MAINSTREAM As a part of the Obama Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in America’s buildings, today the Energy Department launched the Better Buildings Zero Energy Schools Accelerator. Six school districts, two states and several national organizations are working collaboratively to develop …

UberPool app upgrades increasing convenience and options, may increase already 50% share of Uber rides in San Francisco

UberPool is one of the cheaper ride-hailing options, grouping nearby passengers who are headed in the same direction. The problem is that all of those pickups and drop-offs can be time consuming. To help, Uber has announced a raft of new features for its mobile apps, including status notifications for riders. Once you’ve confirmed a booking, that means you’ll receive …

Smart city, smart water programs are changing

December 19th, 2016 by Carolyn Fortuna. Originally published on Ecopreneurist. Smart water/smart city programs are changing. Once viewed from a top-down perspective, city water utilities are starting to be seen from a more holistic perspective, with larger, more integrated programs. A recent MIT conference on smart city water included ideas for eco-entrepreneurs to create a niche within city water utilities through data …

Northern Michigan city aims for 100 percent renewables by 2020

Cross-posted from MidWest Energy News, Dec 2016 By Andy Balaskovitz 19 Dec 2016    Local officials in Traverse City voted Monday night to become the second Michigan city looking to meet 100 percent of municipal electricity needs from renewable sources. Traverse City Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to set a goal of 100 percent renewables by 2020 to power city services, such as streetlights, a …

E-bike parcel delivery has US debut in Portland, with UPS

December 9, 2016 cross-posted from Modern City In an effort to help solve the ever-evolving demands of urban logistics, UPS asks ‘what can Brown deliver to you, on a fixie?’ UPS has debuted the first eBike parcel delivery service in the United States. This new electrically-assisted tricycle began delivering packages in  Portland, Ore., on November 21. As UPS continues to …

Urban sprawl costs US economy more than $1 trillion per year

Cross-posted from New Climate Economy Urban sprawl costs the American economy more than US$1 trillion annually, according to a new study by the New Climate Economy. These costs include greater spending on infrastructure, public service delivery and transportation. The study finds that Americans living in sprawled communities directly bear an astounding $625 billion in extra costs. In addition, all residents …