State DOT decarbonization research thus far

NCHRP 25-25/Task 115 [Active] Estimates of Emissions Reductions from Future Fleet Changes for Use in Air Quality Models [ NCHRP 25-25 (Research for the AASHTO Committee on Environment and Sustainability) ]     Project Data Funds: $125,000 Staff Responsibility: Ann M. Hartell Research Agency: Louis Berger U.S. Inc. & Sonoma Technology Inc. Principal Investigator: Dr. Song Bai Effective Date: 12/1/2018 Completion Date: 11/30/2019 …

The Economy for the Common Good: A Workable, Transformative Ethics-Based Alternative, by Christian Felber

By Christian Felber, Vienna University of Economics and Business and Gus Hagelberg, Coordinator for International Expansion of the ECG more, February 27, 2017,  MONEY & BANKING, DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE This paper by Christian Felber and Gus Hagelberg, published alongside three others, is one of many proposals for a systemic alternative we have published or will be publishing here at the Next System Project. You can read it …

You can’t design bike-friendly cities without considering race and class

Study shows that city officials should create networks of wide, stenciled, red-painted, surface-lighted, barrier-protected, bicycle-exclusive cycle tracks in lower-income ethnic-minority neighborhoods along main streets. This would help residents get to work affordably, quickly and safely, and improve public health and quality of life in communities where these benefits are most needed. You can’t design bike-friendly cities without considering race and …

New/shared mobility reports recommended by Bruce Schaller

Bruce Schaller, Principal of Schaller Consulting, is a widely recognized expert in new mobility and for-hire services, public transit and urban traffic. He is the author of widely-cited reports assessing how new services such as Uber and Lyft have improved mobility and raised concerns about their impacts on traffic and transit in U.S. cities and developing prescriptions for public policy.  Mr. …

Increasing catastrophes linked to climate change could triple losses on property investments over the next 30 years

Insurers Worry a Financial Crisis May Come From Climate Risks, by William Wilkes, Bloomberg.com, February 22, 2019 Property values may slump as global temperatures increase Record costs for disasters in 2017 and 2018 hit insurers Insurers are increasingly worried that rising temperatures will lead to a slump in property values that could spark broader financial turmoil. Those were the conclusions a …

Goals, direction setting trump incremental policy and discussion

‘Green New Deal’ vote overshadows slate of hearings, E&E News | Nick Sobczyk House lawmakers have scheduled a slate of climate-related hearings, as Republicans set up a full-court press against the “Green New Deal.” Committees will hold at least six climate hearings, beginning with two tomorrow at 10 a.m. and concluding Thursday with an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and …

For each hour of regular exercise you get, you gain about two hours of additional life

Let this sentence from the American Heart Association fuel your motivation. Recently, researchers have found a disturbing new trend: Heart attacks are on the rise for young women(35–54 years old). Being a woman in that age range, I’ve taken it to heart, so to speak, and keep returning to the American Heart Association (AHA) website to browse prevention articles – especially since the …

Creating conditions conducive to life: Why sustainability is no longer enough, yet still very important on the road to regeneration

Daniel Wahl: “We need to learn to design as nature, engage in regenerative design and development, and create diverse regenerative cultures elegantly adapted to the bio-cultural uniqueness of place. Such cultures would design as nature understanding themselves as healers of local ecosystems and humble caretakers of the community of life — biodiversity — that shares a unique place with us.” “Allied with the community of life …

The Green New Deal doesn’t need to choose between planes or trains. Here’s why.

According to a January Hart Research Associates and Normington-Petts poll, likely primary and caucus voters in California, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina are all more inclined to back a candidate with a Green New Deal-like proposal. Those states will play a major role in selecting the Democratic nominee. The Green New Deal doesn’t need to choose between planes or …

Former State Senator Kevin de León is running for L.A. City Council and putting clean energy access at the core of his agenda.

The Author of California’s 100% Clean Energy Law Sets Sights on Local Leadership, EMMA FOEHRINGER MERCHANT, GTM, FEBRUARY 22, 2019 De León recently announced he’s running for a city council seat in Los Angeles. Former California Senator Kevin de León is back in campaign mode after announcing this month he will vie for a city council seat in Los Angeles, and is …