Hunter Lovins on the Clean Energy Transition

By Hunter Lovins in the Huffington Post, 17 Jan 2018 In November 2013, more than 15,000 scientists reissued a warning to humanity of “widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss” unless business-as-usual changed. “By failing to adequately limit population growth, reassess the role of an economy rooted in growth, reduce greenhouse gases, incentivize renewable energy, protect habitat, restore ecosystems, curb pollution, halt defaunation, and …

On social license to operate: Blackrock $6 tn investment manager says “Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose. To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society. Companies must benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, and the communities in which they operate.”

By Steve Hanley on Clean Technica, Jan 2018 Laurence D. Fink may not be a household name, but he is a very influential person. When Mr. Fink speaks, others listen. Why? Because as the founder and CEO of BlackRock, he controls more than $6 trillion in assets. That’s the kind of clout that gets a person noticed. On January 16, …

WE-All connects Next System Project, Leading for Well-Being, Global Alliance for Banking on Values, Economy for the Common Good, International Network, BCorps and many more

WE-All Webinar January 11, 2018 Stewart: Thank you all for joining us today. We’re going to spend 25 minuets presenting to where we have got to and then we will have another 25 minuets for Q&A. I will start by asking Hunter to tell us about what happened at the Colorado conference. Hunter: This whole effort grew out of a …

What Is a City Street? And What Will It Become?

THE CITY NY Mag, Daily Intelligencer, 18 Jan 2018, by Justin Davidson http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/01/what-is-a-city-street-and-what-will-it-become.html Hey, that’s my block! In 2030 or so. Maybe. Photo-Illustration: Street Plans Collaborative/Carly Clark, via Streetopia The most essential designed component of New York is not a skyscraper or a station, but the street. That basic workhorse of public space carries people, freight, and vehicles on its surface; water, sewage, power, …

Why bikes and e-bikes will eat cars: Cities should prepare for, and encourage, an electric bike revolution

By Lloyd Alter (@lloydalter) on Treehugger.com Transportation / Bikes January 12, 2018 CC BY 2.0 Lloyd Alter/ e-bikes in Copenhagen It seems that all the news coming out of CES is about self-driving cars or autonomous vehicles (AVs), how everybody is working on them, and how they will make the world safe for them. But we have other options and other choices, and perhaps people should step …

Transit successes: Toronto Cleared Cars Off Its Biggest Transit Street, and Ridership Soared Almost Overnight

By Angie Schmitt, Streetsblog, Jan 12, 2018 article 5 Using low-cost materials like this concrete divider, Toronto set up new streetcar stops on the far side of intersections on King Street, enabling safer boarding and cutting down on time stopped at red lights. Photo: Human Transit It’s been just a few short months since Toronto cleared most of the car traffic off King Street, giving the …

Who Will Own The Infrastructure In The Smart City? Libertarians, Cato, Competitive Enterprise Institute consider public ownership of roads or airspace to be “unwise”, “legacy”, and “prehistoric” and instead are advocating private control, ownership or divestible licensing

Libertarians, Cato, Competitive Enterprise Institute consider public ownership of roads or airspace to be “unwise”, “legacy”, and “prehistoric” and instead are advocating private control, ownership or divestible licensing JAN 11, 2018 Forbes, Who Will Own The Infrastructure In The Smart City? By Wayne Crews, VP for policy & director of technology studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute & a Cato Institute …

Planning for adaptation rather than mitigation of the amount of climate change in store on the current track is a fantasy

January 14th, 2018 by Zachary Shahan on Clean Technica Zachary Shahan is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill Planning Dept.  He is the editor of Clean Technica and the Director of Important Media publications  We had an article last week about the threat to the Florida real estate market that is coming our way from continued heating of the globe, rising sea levels, increased flooding, and …

Data, visioning, inclusivity, and infrastructure expansion trends

3 Jan 2018, 6 trends that will define smart cities in 2018 by Katie Pyzyk in Smart Cities Dive A new year tends to be a time for renewal in many aspects, with a particular focus on improvement. Whether resolutions involve kicking old habits or beginning a new activity, the changes usually all come back to advancement. The same holds true in the …

Regional transportation plans are stuck in the headlights of autonomous vehicles

By John Niles, End of Driving, 2017-09-15  |    Leave a comment On Sep. 14th, Metrolinx, focusing on the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Region (GTHA), released its draft Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). I highlighted selected passages relevant to thinking about autonomous vehicles. I am concerned about a mismatch in the draft between current and expected demand, expected disruption from automation, and the projection of …