Renewables to capture three-fourths of the $10 trillion the world will invest in new generation through 2040.

By Joe Romm, Clean Technica, 15 June 2017  Last year, solar in Chile saw lowest global price for unsubsidized electricity by any technology. CREDIT: ACERA. The staggering drop in the cost of clean energy has already upended the global power market over the past two decades — and that trend will only continue for the next two decades, according to new analysis from …

The Transit App (integrated with Uber now) makes transportation easier

By Cynthia Shahan, Clean Technica, 15 June 2017 Transportation systems never stay still. They are practically by definition and ever-evolving part of our society. As you may have noticed, ever-changing and expanding multimodal transportation systems are increasingly relying on apps, or connected to apps. In my recent experience of car-free weeks, I relied on multimodal systems and found it easy …

Pop-up schools teach about truth and system change. 80% of the world getting by on 5% of its wealth.

Modeled after the Civil Rights Era’s citizenship and freedom schools, the new Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership teaches skills for the Trump Era. By Chuck Collins posted Jun 12, 2017, Yes! Magazine More than 200 people crammed into a meeting room at Smith College to listen to Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum speak at the May 4 opening ceremony of the Sojourner Truth School for Social …

Rebuilding the commons in the city

Stark boundaries—rich vs. poor, black and brown vs. white—begin to break down as people share parks, trails, libraries, nature centers, and other gathering places.  With the promise of these projects beginning to shine, the city of Philadelphia is launching an expansion of the civic commons by investing $500 million to reinvigorate parks, libraries, playgrounds, and recreation centers. Called Rebuild, the …

Ways cities are implementing clean energy

City rules Relatively easy places to start Adopt a resolution to get your community to 100% renewable energy by 2050 (or sooner). Sample ordinance: Pueblo, CO; Traverse City, MI; East Hampton, NY Minimize zoning and permitting costs for renewable energy systems. Sample ordinance: Lancaster, CA Replace all public lighting with LEDs.  Sample ordinance: New York, NY.  Examples: Oahu, Sioux Falls, New York …

Smart Cities of the future will need an “integrated multi-modal transportation system” that will allow cities to manage, monitor, and optimize across both public and private modes of transportation. And building an efficient multi-modal transportation system will require technology that is on-demand, integrated and autonomous.

Building an efficient multi-modal transportation system with technology that is on-demand, integrated and autonomous: Is Ridecell a tool that will allow cities to manage, monitor, and optimize across both public and private modes of transportation, switching between on-demand and fixed route services? Remember when the primary way we’d get music was to go to a store and buy a CD? …

New thin solar films now on 100 buildings worldwide and “could change everything” says energy CEO

By Jean-Claude Bourbon, La Croix, 17 June 2017 Costs are going down rapidly in the solar technology industry. Engie, the French multinational electric utility company is planning to start producing a range of easily installable, flexible photovoltaic films.  These panels have been developed using what is called organic photovoltaics. Instead of silicon, they are made of a very fine layer of …

Lyft aims for 100% renewable energy & self-driving Bolt fleet

By Steve Hanley on Clean Technica June 16th, 2017. Originally published on Gas2. General Motors makes the Chevy Bolt, a fully electric car. General Motors also has a half billion dollar investment in Lyft, the on-demand taxi service that competes head to head with Uber. In the future, the Chevy Bolt may be the backbone of Lyft’s fleet of autonomous …

Working smart, as a team

Excerpt from Working Hard is not the same as working smart  I pointed out to Rahul that what he was watching was that his entire company had bought into the “culture of working late” — but not because they had work to do, or it was making them more competitive or generating more revenue — but because the CEO said it was what mattered. …