Public Banking for Infrastructure Finance

By providing counsel, BND helps municipalities with limited knowledge of financial markets or the grant application process to access capital at lower rates and with cheaper transaction costs. Second, to address declining public revenues for infrastructure, BND’s direct low-interest loans allow it to leverage capital on terms that are favorable to the public. Finally, the centralized management of public funds …

Infill, more walkability, protected bikeways and more frequent transit service helped Minneapolis and Seattle reduce driving

How Two Cities Actually Reduced Driving, by Angie Schmitt, Streetsblog, Feb 8, 2019  27 Photo: The Urbanist Two American cities have finally cracked one of the hardest codes in city planning: Even with low gas prices, even with population growth, even with Uber and Lyft circling 24/7, Minneapolis and Seattle have reduced the amount of driving in their cities. Vehicle miles traveled are down 2 …

Smart cities focus on well-being and staff as community builders who help foster trust, harmony and, indeed, happiness

Report, “Smart Cities: A Toolkit for Leaders,” urges city leaders to rethink their roles. They should see themselves not as managers of bureaucracies but as community builders who help foster trust, harmony and, indeed, happiness.  The critical first step is reimagining the role of city leaders. They should see themselves first and foremost as stewards of citizen satisfaction. Once they change …

Simply saying ‘no’ to its headquarters isn’t enough – Amazon should be investigated for abusing monopoly power

Amazon deserves more than rejection from New York. It should be punished Matt Stoller, The Guardian, 16 Feb 2019 This week, Amazon abandoned a plan to open a second “headquarters” in New York City, after citizens rebelled against the idea of paying almost $3bn in subsidies and tax incentives to one of the world’s biggest corporations. But simply saying “no” to Amazon’s coercive terms …

Starting a CCA plus electrifying buildings saves Marbleton money

New York Town Plans Profitable 100% Renewable Future, by Tom Konrad in GTMREGULATION & POLICY, 02.07.19, excerpt A community choice program and a lack of natural gas are enabling Marbletown to achieve 100 percent renewable electricity—while saving money. Saving money with building electrification Another thing going for Marbletown — though it may not appear to be the case at first — is its lack …

E-scooters reducing car trips

Portlanders Say No Thank You To Buying Cars When They Have Electric Scooters, Detroit Frowns!  by Nicolas Zart, Clean Technica, February 6th, 2019, excerpt The city of Portland tackled 4 critical objectives a few years ago: 1. Reduce traffic congestion by shifting trips away from private motor vehicle use 2. Prevent fatalities and serious injuries on Portland streets 3. Expand access to opportunities for underserved …

Denver’s commitment to decarbonization and climate action

Denver has a 80×50 Climate Action Plan in addition to a commitment to have electrical power come from 100% renewable energy by 2030. Mayor Hancock said, “We will continue to push forward. We have a responsibility to do everything we can to ensure clean air and a stable climate for our children.” The plan highlights key strategies in the three sectors most …

Climate Mobilization Emergency Resolutions passed by local governments and 10 year decarbonization plans

Hoboken, NJ and Montgomery County, MD have led the way by passing resolutions brought by TCM organizers unanimously.  You can download the full resolution texts. Download their resolutions below, and use them as a jumping off point for drafting your own. HOBOKEN, NJ RESOLUTION MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD RESOLUTION BERKELEY, CA RESOLUTION   RICHMOND, CA RESOLUTION HOBOKEN, NJ RESOLUTION OAKLAND, CA …

Boston’s Carbon Free Path

Massachusetts aims to get 80 percent of its energy from carbon-free sources by 2050, but Boston has a more ambitious goal for that year: being 100 percent carbon free. Since 2017, a team of experts from the city, outside consulting firms and Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy has researched how the city can do this, and what technical and social justice challenges it’s likely …

Municipal enterprise

By Stephanie Geller, Research Specialist, Community Wealth Building, Democracy Collaborative, January 15, 2019 DEMOCRATIC OWNERSHIP Municipal enterprises are businesses or services owned by local public authorities that provide services or generate revenue for local communities. One of the earliest municipal enterprises were public power companies. As early as the 1880s, local governments began forming them to provide electricity in areas …