Burlington’s Climate Emergency Declaration Calls for Shift to Naturalized Gardens instead of Mowed Lawns and GHG-emitting Tools

By Doreen Nicoll, Rabble.CA.August 18, 2019 | RESIST! On April 23, Burlington City Council unanimously passed Ward 3 Councillor Rory Nisan’s motion to declare a climate emergency. “By declaring a climate emergency, Burlington City Council is recognizing the magnitude of the challenge we face in combatting climate change,” Nisan said in a press release. “But it is only one step. Through the declaration, we …

With another 2.5 billion urban dwellers predicted within the next 30 years, should we expand existing cities? Or is there a case for starting afresh?

Excerpt from The Guardian, July 2019 “The major reason for new cities is that there is so much migration,” says John Macomber, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School who has studied new city development in depth. “People are moving to cities all over the world to seek opportunity.” According to the UN, 68% of the world’s population will be living in …

Reduced consumption means more compact homes, closer together, with less driving and more sharing and repairing

Consumption emissions from goods, food, and services are huge — and politically explosive.By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Jul 1, 2019, 11:30am EDTSHARE What greenhouse gas emissions are you responsible for? That question is not as easy to answer as it might appear. Say you drive to the store, buy a soda, and drive home. Your car (unless you have an electric vehicle) spewed a …

One in four U.S. homes is all electric. Share of houses with heat pumps instead of gas heating rose from 8% to 12% between 2005-2015.

MAY 1, 2019 One in four U.S. homes is all electric USEIA Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration; 2005, 2009, and 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Surveys A growing number of homes in the United States are all electric, with 25% of homes nationwide using only electricity according to EIA’s 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS). The share of all-electric homes has risen in each census …

“Co-living” is the new “having roommates”

The rise of co-living, explained. By Rani Molla@ranimolla  May 29, 2019, 8:00am EDT SHARE At co-living spaces like WeLive, you can play foosball with your new friends while your laundry dries. Courtesy of WeLive/WeWork  What is old is new again in American cities. People are living with strangers to save money and maintain a higher standard of living than they might enjoy on their own. …

Making communities more livable through transit-oriented development: Top 10 “must do’s”

Third in a series being published in advance of State-City Collaboration on Clean Energy Transformations, taking place from May 29–30, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia in parallel with Clean Energy Ministerial 2019. Written by Mike McKeever, a Senior Advisor and former Chief of Staff to Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is an essential component in any sustainable …

How our housing choices make adult friendships more difficult: We can refuse to accept the status quo of default isolation.

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Updated Dec 27, 2018 SHARE Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2015. I often think about a piece I read in the Atlantic, by Julie Beck, called “How Friendships Change in Adulthood.” I suspect it will ring true for Vox readers of, uh, a certain age. Like my age, for instance. Old, is what I’m saying. I do think, however, that …

New York City Seeks To Reduce Carbon Emissions From Buildings By 40%

April 19th, 2019 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica Climate advocates know that meeting the goals of the Paris climate accords means more than generating more renewable energy. It also requires reducing emissions from existing sources. At present, 67% of all greenhouse gas emissions  in New York City come from buildings, not from transportation as you might expect. On April 18, the city …

Everything you need to know about LA’s new transit-oriented development affordable housing incentives

By Lauren Herstik | November 10, 2017 12:00PM (Photo illustration. Credit: Los Angeles Metro) A new city planning initiative aims to add affordable housing development near mass transit, but some real estate insiders question whether it does enough to entice market-rate builders. The Los Angeles Department of City Planning released the official Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) Affordable Housing Incentive Program Guidelines on Sept. …

Densification to respond to affordable housing, transportation, and air quality needs, as well as climate threats

What is a GND for cities?  The passage of the Minneapolis 2040 plan, which will upzone the entire city, and a new effort to pass a statewide transit-oriented development proposal in housing-starved California—may, without meaning to, provide glimpses of what that kind of vision may resemble.  As cities confront climate change, is density the answer? Plans to increase urban density may foreshadow how cities respond …