Optimism and perspective-shifting as a strategy

We chose to go to the moon. From the Apollo missions, a blueprint for pursuing the audacious and near-impossible In the fall of 2010, I asked Larry Page a series of questions to find out what he wanted X’s purpose to be. “Is X a research center?” No, Larry said. “A philanthropic organization?” No. “An incubator?” No. “Are we solving Google’s problems?” …

Green New Deal Handouts

Green New Deal Growing Support for the Green New Deal  Five Big Ideas for a Green New Deal State and Local Green New Deal Progress 100% Clean Energy Bill Summary Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Bill Fact Sheet Don’t forget to report back! You can print this cheat sheet out to help you with your visit, and use it to fill …

Why cities suing over climate change want the fight in state court, not federal

InsideClimate News | Nicholas Kusnetz, July 26, 2019. Why cities suing over climate change want the fight in state court, not federal. A wave of lawsuits brought by local and state governments that are trying to hold oil companies accountable for climate change got a boost when federal judges in Rhode Island and Maryland sent two of the cases back …

48 Volts DC is the new 12 Volts DC

Lloyd Alter July 22, 2019 Could it also be the new 120 Volts AC? Being trained as an architect, I am kind of a generalist, having to know a bit about a whole lot of subjects. But whenever I talk about Direct Current vs Alternating current I come away singed and shocked by the comments, like my last one, where even …

Colorado needs affordable housing. The state owns land. Can this combination work?

Gov. Jared Polis is urging the State Land Board to address housing shortage for teachers, part of a campaign promise he made. July 23, 2019 by Brian Eason, in the Colorado Sun. A block away from where state lawmakers try to solve intractable financial questions, like school funding and affordable housing, sit two dilapidated warehouses that could soon be put …

Federal court revives long-fought lawsuit in Colorado challenging TABOR

In a 2-1 decision, the appeals court said the local governments do have a right to sue. The court didn’t rule on the merits of the lawsuit. July 22, 2019 A federal court has revived a lawsuit challenging Colorado’s limits on taxes and spending. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday said a lower court erred when it ruled that …

Pueblo’s Electric Utility Commission

Pueblo, CO, Office of the Mayor,  Electric Utility Commission, Pueblo and area residents have indicated they are unhappy with the services they have received rom Black Hills Energy. The City resolves to take the steps necessary to determine the legal, financial, and operational feasibility of exercising its right in the year 2020 to provide electric utility service within the territorial …

How can cities consider mental health in green space planning?

By Jason Plautz@Jason_Plautz in Smart Cities Dive, July 25, 2019 A new paper from an international team of researchers says that cities should consider mental health benefits as they plan nature spaces in cities. The paper, published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, offers a framework for cities to incorporate and measure mental health benefits from parks, tree plantings and other green spaces.  “In …

Synopsis of the Advisory Opinion of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking, and Climate Change

1 Short Synopsis of the Advisory Opinion of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking, and Climate Change In a ground-breaking advisory opinion, a highly-respected international human rights court, the Romebased Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, weighed testimony about the human- and nature’s-rights impacts of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and climate change. They found that: • The infrastructure and practice of …