Reducing oil and gas use in transportation

This article originally appeared in WRI Insights. Read it here. https://www.greenbiz.com/article/5-ways-cut-oil-and-gas-use-through-clean-transportation There’s never been a better time to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Oil and gas prices are skyrocketing as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with gas prices exceeding $4 a gallon in the United States in March and more than $10 a gallon in other countries. Meanwhile, the …

How Cities Are Using Digital Twins Like a SimCity for Policymakers

CityLab Design The new technology, which creates virtual models of cities and simulates policy scenarios, could be a potential game-changer for urban planning. By Linda Poon April 5, 2022 The entire 40-square-mile metro region of Orlando, Florida, may soon live virtually inside the offices of the Orlando Economic Partnership (OEP). The group has partnered with the gaming company Unity to develop …

NYC’s First Net Zero Community Brings Housing to Storm-Ravaged Neighborhood

CityLab, NYC’s First Net Zero Community Brings Housing to Storm-Ravaged Neighborhood A swath of oceanfront land in the Rockaways will become a test bed for climate and economic policies, promising affordable housing and other amenities to a region hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy. By Aysha Diallo, March 4, 2022 Along 116 acres of vacant oceanfront land, development has begun on what could become …

Communities of majority Black, Indigenous or other people of color, as well as low-income communities, are already producing the highest numbers and ratios of affordable units: Upzoning increases gentrification in these communities

The report found that communities that are made up of majority Black, Indigenous or other people of color, as well as low-income communities, are already producing the highest number of affordable units as well as the highest ratio of affordable to market-rate units without rezoning. In comparison, the largest number of communities with an affordable housing ratio lower than 19% …

10-story apartment building, decent design and massing, $3 million before shipping and on-site placement, assembled in 1 day

Broad Sustainable Building is at it again with its new 5D folding modular system. in Treehugger, by Lloyd Alter, June 15, 2021, Fact checked by Haley Mast Broad Sustainable Building has been developing factory-built structures since 2009, usually with headlines noting a hotel was built in a week or an office tower in a month. However, this is the first time we have …

Access and 20 minute neighborhoods

Ann Arbor, Mich., has set a goal of having 100 percent of residents live in 20-minute neighborhoods by 2030. For now, the 12 percent of residents who don’t have access to a car are at a big disadvantage — 109,000 jobs can be reached within a 20-minute drive, but only 30,000 jobs are within a 20-minute walk or transit ride. …

Building a carfree neighborhood in an auto-centric area

Culdesac Tempe is a 17-acre lot just across the Salt River from Phoenix. Currently a mess of dust and heavy equipment, the site will eventually feature 761 apartments, 16,000 square feet of retail, 1,000 residents — and exactly zero places for them to park. The people who live there will be contractually forbidden to park a car on site or …

In a Commuting Utopia, Efficient Housing Location Could Cut Travel by One-Third

Posted on September 29, 2020, SSTI, by Saumya Jain Most states and local governments are either interested in defining vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduction goals or already have these in place and are actively working toward VMT reduction. Often these goals are approached either by promoting alternative travel modes or through policy incentives. In a recent article, Canadian researchers ran an optimization model …

Rich Americans Emit up to 15 Times As Much Carbon As Their Poorer Neighbors

A new study confirms the obvious: big houses have bigger footprints. But wait, there’s more. By Lloyd Alter, Treehugger, July 21, 2020 The conclusion of a new study – The carbon footprint of household energy use in the United States – that everyone is focusing on would seem obvious: “Wealthier Americans have per capita footprints ∼25% higher than those of lower-income residents, primarily …

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 …