India’s Move to Make Buildings Efficient

by  Sumedha Malaviya and Bharath Jairaj – November 08, 2017           Dehli skyline. India’s building sector accounted for nearly a third of its energy consumption in 2016. Photo Wili Hybrid/Wikimedia India’s buildings are silent power guzzlers. Residential and commercial structures consumed nearly a third (32 percent) of the country’s total electricity in 2016, according to the latest annual energy statisticspublished by the Ministry of Statistics, Planning …

The National Security Impacts of Climate Change

By  Brian La Shier, James Stanish, EESI, Dec 2017 Risks and Challenges International Threats Threats to U.S. Military Facilities Readiness and Solutions Download this issue brief in PDF format (with endnotes) In its 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) officially recognized climate change as a factor worthy of consideration in future national security planning. The report stated, …

NCHRP AV research

NCHRP 20-102(06) [Active] Road Markings for Machine Vision [ NCHRP 20-102 (Impacts of Connected Vehicles and Automated Vehicles on State and Local Transportation Agencies–Task-Order Support) ]   Project Data Funds: $200,000 Staff Responsibility: B. Ray Derr Research Agency: Texas A&M Transportation Institute Principal Investigator: Paul Carlson Effective Date: 7/13/2016 Completion Date: 3/12/2018 OBJECTIVE The objective of the research is to develop information on …

Shared use mobility webinars

http://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/webinars/ Marketing Successful Mobility on Demand Pilot Projects (December 2017) The webinar brought Mobility on Demand (MOD) leaders together to talk about effective approaches public and private transportation providers are using to market and educate the public about new MOD services. The speakers included: Sharon Feigon, Executive Director of the Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC), Bonnie Epstein and Juan Luvian from …

Global sea levels could rise ‘up to five metres’ if certain Antarctic ice sheets melt

New evidence suggests East Antarctic glaciers are not as stable as scientists have long assumed, which ‘has some worrying implications for future sea level changes’ by Josh Gabbatiss Science Correspondent, 14 Dec 2017 The Independent Online If East Antarctic ice sheets melt, they could play a significant role in sea level rises AFP An Antarctic ice sheet found to be less resistant to warming temperatures …

Implemnting complete streets in small towns and rural communities

By Nimotalai Azeez · August 10, 2017  Successful implementation of Complete Streets requires much more than a one-size-fits-all approach. Rural and small towns often face distinct challenges from urban areas when it comes to improving the conditions for people walking and bicycling. The National Complete Streets Coalition recently spoke with Alta Planning + Design to learn about some of the obstacles smaller communities …

Floating parking garage designed by Ramboll

12.14.17 This Radical Parking Garage Solves Three Of Cities’ Biggest Problems A futuristic concept addresses three of today’s very real needs: more parking, more open space, and better flood mitigation.  BY KATHARINE SCHWAB in Fast Company As cities become more crowded, there’s less room for open public spaces. There are more cars, with less space for parking. And with storms intensifying due to climate …

James Hansen, Martin O’Malley update on what they are doing

15 December 2017 James Hansen Below is the statement that I sent recently to thank people who have supported our Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions program in the Columbia University Earth Institute. Our paper Young People’s Burden: Requirement of Negative CO2 Emissions published this year makes clear how difficult it will be to stabilize climate.  The battle must be fought on multiple fronts.  …

The World’s First Solar Bike Path Keeps Bikers Safe, Powers Surrounding Neighborhoods, generates enough power to ultimately be worth it.

  One of the next places cities put solar panels could be roads—or bike paths. BY ADELE PETERS, Fast Company, 2014 When cities run out of space for solar panels on rooftops, one of the next places to turn could be roads–or bike paths. In the Netherlands, one of the country’s newest bike paths doubles as a solar energy generator that could …

3 policies for the energy transition in 2018 – expand access to weatherization, solar, and community energy, reduce HVAC load thru management

December 21st, 2017 by John Farrell Originally published at ilsr.org. Dear Santa, We’ve been very good this year and, if it isn’t too much trouble, we’d like a few things in 2018, let us know! Bad Federal Policies The most accurate characterization for federal clean energy initiatives in 2017 is “filling the swamp.” Proposals include reducing federal incentives for wind power and providing subsidies for aging and expensive …