New Poll Finds 81% Of New Yorkers Want To Choose Clean Energy

13 Nov 2017 by Joshua S Hill  on Clean Technica A new report published earlier this month has revealed that New Yorkers overwhelmingly want the ability to choose their energy supplier, clean energy, and want more renewable energy in New York’s electricity mix. Commissioned by renewable energy company CleanChoice Energy and conducted by SurveyUSA, the new poll interviewed 600 New York State residents and …

Shifting ownership from the 1% to the 99%: Initiative seeks for employee owned companies to be 20-25% of the workforce by 2050, adding security, recirculating money locally 3x more

By Fran Korten in Yes! Magazine, Oct 26, 2017 For decades Marjorie Kelly has looked for ways that businesses can better contribute to the good of society. In 1987, after getting a master’s degree in journalism, she founded Business Ethics magazine to showcase socially responsible corporations. But after 20 years as president and publisher, she sold the magazine. She had come to an …

AVs need to start with transit. “Transit agencies need to be the first adopters of AV technology, or public transit dies in America”

How can AVs and microtransit be more than a distraction from the time- and work-intensive solutions needed to fix city travel ills, such as better payment systems, upgraded trains and vehicles, more frequent service, and road pricing schemes? https://www.curbed.com/2017/11/2/16593004/bus-autonomous-vehicle-electric-public-transportation MOD/MaaS may be impacting bus ridership. The continued adoption and expansion of Uber and Lyft have led many to begin thinking about the systemic impact of …

AVs influence on revenue for agencies

From the Brookings Institute, 2016, Local government 2035: Strategic trends and implications of new technologies  Consider the following. This past year, the City of Los Angeles generated $161 million from parking violations.18 Red light violations have a fee of $490.19 Californians caught driving under the influence are fined up to $15,649 for a first-offense misdemeanor DUI conviction and up to $22,492 …

NACTO City Data Sharing Principles: Integrating New Technologies Into City Streets, also 10 rules for cities about automated vehicles,

There are a number of ways that cities will need to regulate AVs if they are to be a boon and not a bane, including owning the data, protecting transit, prohibiting empty (circling) trips, setting speed limits, and protecting traditional urbanism.  Traditional urbanism evolved over millennia to meet human needs. The adoption of AVs should not be allowed to replace time-tested …

Why do we have such big fire trucks for so few fires? And why are our cities being designed around the needs of the trucks instead of vice versa?

Why do we have such big fire trucks for so few fires? And why are our cities being designed around the needs of the trucks instead of vice versa? By Lloyd Alter January 20, 2016 In Europe, the streets are smaller and so are the fire trucks. (Photo: Rosenbauer) What drives urban design and development? Sometimes it’s the crazy things that you don’t …

Raymond Dehn’s progressive policies on criminal justice, housing and more are resonating across the city. Ginger Jentzen inspires in Ward 3

Minneapolis mayoral candidate Raymond Dehn received the most delegate votes of every competitor, including the city’s incumbent mayor, at the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Endorsing Convention in July. (Tony Webster / Flickr / Creative Commons) Raymond Dehn’s progressive policies on criminal justice, housing and more are resonating across the city. BY VALERIE VANDE PANNE, In These Times, 4 Nov 2017 “I don’t believe …

Denver’s 80×50 plan

Wind turbine blades heading for Eastern Colorado wind farms. Behind are empty coal cars. “It was an interesting picture of the future and the past,” said Tom Herrod, who snapped it while on his bike. DENVER — A group of people representing a variety of interests—including utilities, non-profits, the energy efficiency industry, conservationists and business representatives—reports that Denver’s efforts to reduce …

How Louisville, KY is driving the trend of data-centric traffic optimization: laying out a network of city-owned gigabit fiber and place to store data they hook up more and more signals and sensors to their own network

Louisville started with Waze data, the city/DOT process that data into an internal database and mine that for information about speeds and jams and events and they are adding sensors and optimizing data, then the ultimate goal is to automate things like signal timings based on real-time traffic flow and optimize the flow of cars but also buses, emergency vehicles [and] pedestrians …

AV symposium seeks to develop policy for cities and address mobility for all

How will driverless cars and other autonomous vehicle (AV) technology change the way we plan cities? On October 6, 2017, 85 of the nation’s top thinkers on AV gathered at the National League of Cities (NLC) headquarters in Washington, D.C., to discuss and plan for the impacts of AV on cities and regions. This event — a collaboration between APA, …