Modeling car-free living and development: If you want to live in this new Arizona neighborhood, you can’t own a car + 10 simple policies to subtract cars from our streets

Germany doesn’t have a single goal to improve the pedestrian experience on its streets — it has seven. That’s right: Germany not only has a comprehensive National Walking Plan — something American street-safety advocates only dream of — but its transportation leaders are holding themselves accountable to seven distinct benchmarks for measuring how their policies affect the safety and comfort of people on …

Results of the Getting to Zero in Buildings Forum

22 other California cities and counties that followed Berkeley’s lead, including San Jose, the country’s 10th-largest city, have done so with building codes that encourage electric wiring and appliances February 12, 2020  |  By RMI Sneha Ayyagari, Cara Carmichael, Greg Hopkins, Jacob Corvidae, Laurie Stone As we embark on a new decade, we are reflecting on the many exciting advancements in the …

Bildung, Billionaires and the 2020 election

Bildung is the way that the individual matures and takes upon him or herself ever bigger personal responsibility towards family, friends, fellow citizens, society, humanity, our globe, and the global heritage of our species, while enjoying ever bigger personal, moral and existential freedoms — not something we are emphasizing in the US… This Is How Scandinavia Got Great: The power …

Pro-life: There is nothing especially mysterious about Finland, Sweden, or Norway that allows them to have such low child poverty rates — they choose to funnel their resources into preventing economic stress on parents and children

A 2013 study featured in the journal BMC Women’s Health found that financial reasons were the primary motive for 40 percent of women who sought abortions. In fact, financial concerns were the “most frequently mentioned theme” in women’s explanations of why they needed an abortion. Other concerns included a lack of insurance, a lack of adequate housing, and a lack of stable …

Strategic Demand Management with Performance Incentives

The sections below describe the trends emerging from our research and recommend best practices for structuring SDR PIMs. PIMS ARE AN EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR UNLOCKING SDR SDR potential remains largely untapped, reaching nowhere near the Brattle-estimated potential of 200 GW of cost-effective load flexibility and consumer benefits of $15 billion per year. Nonetheless, our review of several case studies demonstrates …

This building produces twice the energy it consumes, and it’s the future: Powerhouse super-efficient buildings generate power for the community around them

This building produces twice the energy it consumes, and it’s the future: It’s the latest “Powerhouse,” a name the architects at Snøhetta invented to describe super-efficient buildings that generate power for the community around them BY MARK WILSON, Fast Company For most of us, life in the city of Trondheim, Norway, would take some getting used to. At 63 degrees north …

Nature and mental health: An ecosystem service perspective

120 hours of nature access per week was an important threshold – see https://e360.yale.edu/features/ecopsychology-how-immersion-in-nature-benefits-your-health Bratman, G. et al. Science Advances  24 Jul 2019: Vol. 5, no. 7, eaax0903 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aax0903 Article  PDF Abstract A growing body of empirical evidence is revealing the value of nature experience for mental health. With rapid urbanization and declines in human contact with nature globally, crucial …

US sees first combustion vehicle phase out legislation

Washington’s House Bill 2525 would require that all new vehicles run on electricity by 2030, effectively banning gasoline-powered cars and trucks. The bill, which I read about in E&E News, did not pass out of committee, so it’s almost certainly not going to become law. Below is model legislation designed around a 2025 phase out date. AN ACT Relating to …

Pam Kieley, the senior director of regulatory strategy at the Environmental Defense Fund said,“First and foremost is that we put big tools on the table and don’t take any tools off the table.” But there must be some regulatory limit on pollutants. “Without that, it will be very, very hard for the state to meet its goals.” Shutting down coal …