Rewriting the rules for inspiring social change

From March for Our Lives to the Movement of Black Lives, the leaders of today’s movements—young, unpretentious, unapologetic—are rewriting the rules for inspiring social change at a time when traditional strategies are proving to be not nearly enough. Is this the dawn of a new kind of organizing and campaigning? In short, yes. And the March for Our Lives movement is only one …

Food waste is so rampant in the US that an estimated 40 percent of the entire country’s food never makes it to the plate.

Oct. 15, 2018 Should We Just Ban ‘Best By’ Labels on Food?  By Dan Nosowitz, initially posted in Modern Farmer. Tesco, one of the UK’s biggest supermarket chains, announced this week that it will remove “best by” date labels from 116 fruit and vegetable items. The move builds on a smaller reduction in the label earlier this year. So why are those labels bad? …

City platform example from Vancover

“We’ll never get what we need, unless we ask for it.” — Jean Swanson https://www.votecope2018.ca/platform_summary Tax the Mega Rich to Help the Rest of Us “Mansion Tax”: add an extra tax on properties worth over $5 million to generate about $1 billion over four years to end homelessness, fund public housing, and start restoring indigenous land “Big business” tax: lower commercial …

School carpooling in the US gets a high-tech makeover

If there’s a change in plans, Figure8’s app updates everyone at once and even sends a picture of the replacement driver so there are no surprises. By Brian Blum 7 Oct 2018 in UNCOVER ISRAEL – Get the ISRAEL21c  School carpooling illustration by Lena Bely/Shutterstock.com Aviv Matzkin teaches at Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School in Silicon Valley. He’s also in charge of dismissal at …

Curb productivity index Activity/(Time x Space): Uber drafts an equation to help cities evaluate how efficiently they’re using this increasingly contested curb space

From an article by Aarian Marchall in Wired.com, 6 Oct 2018 PATRICK T. FALLON/BLOOMBERG/GETTY IMAGES NOT SURE WHAT your curb has done for you lately? Not to worry. Your answer is arriving now, in the form of an equation devised by Uber that is meant to help cities evaluate how efficiently they’re using this increasingly contested space.After years of neglect and scorn, this strip of …

University of Minnesota research shows how roads can be greener with driverless vehicles

Univ. of Minnesota research envisions major changes as cities adapt to autonomous vehicles. By Nicole Norfleet Star Tribune  6 Oct 2018 MINNESOTA DESIGN CENTER Streets will be transformed by autonomous vehicles. Urban design experts at the University of Minnesota are redrawing what city blocks could look like in a world of driverless vehicles. Roads of the future will likely be narrower, greener and …

$4 billion NJ PSEG unveils 6-year clean energy plan, spending $2.8B on energy efficiency

Robert Walton Utility Dive, Sept. 28, 2018 Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSEG) on Wednesday unveiled a $4 billion clean energy plan aimed at helping New Jersey meet aggressive environmental goals while also reducing customer bills. The Clean Energy Future (CEF) proposal includes investments in energy storage, smart meters and electric vehicle infrastructure, but its largest component by far is energy efficiency. …

“Consumers hate the fact that utilities can control their choice of electricity”

“Consumers hate the fact that utilities can control their choice of electricity,” Dan Whitten, SEIA’s vice president of communications, told Utility Dive. Many of SEIA’s members — solar manufacturers, installers and developers — profit from pro-solar and pro-distributed energy policies. The poll said 88% of voters agreed that utilities should not be able to block residential solar. That margin increased to 96% when asking …

Zero-carbon grids are set to power the #FutureFaster

By Nigel Topping, CEO of the We Mean Business coalition “There is no technical or economic barrier to transitioning the entire world to 100 percent clean, renewable energy with a stable electric grid at low cost”. That’s the conclusion of Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, who led a recent study in the rollout of …

Utilities, carmakers launch campaign to cut US transportation energy use 50% by 2050

Robert Walton,  Utilities, carmakers launch campaign to cut US transportation energy use 50% by 2050, on Utility Dive, Sept. 26, 2018 A diverse group of transportation stakeholders launched a new campaign pressing for significant advances in efficiency and vehicular systems, with a goal of slashing transportation energy consumption 50% by 2050, while simultaneously improving mobility. Recommendations include improving efficiency for all vehicle types, …