New research on the cost-effectiveness of additional bicycle infrastructure

A recently published study sheds new light on the importance of the built environment in influencing bicycle commuting and the resulting impacts on greenhouse gas emissions.  The researchers first gathered household travel survey data for the years 1998, 2003, and 2008 for residents of Montreal. They then generated neighborhood typologies, dividing the city of Montreal into a 500-meter grid and …

Start a small sustainable business competition in your community!

It’s not hard to start a sustainable business competition in your community.  It takes some advocates and some seed money… August 8th, 2016 by Steve Hanley  Originally published on Ecopreneurist. The Washington Coast Works Sustainable Small Business Competition will award $10,000 to the winning contestant and another $10,000 in runner-up awards. The entrepreneur competition has been established by The Nature Conservancy in …

Policy changes helping avoid food waste

CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK Italy, known for its amazing food, is facing a related problem — food waste. According to government estimates, the country currently wastes about five million tons of food every year. To combat the issue, the Italian government recently passed a new law aimed at making it easier for both retailers and consumers to prevent food waste. The law …

Every additional μg/m3 of lead in air increased assault rates 21 years later (163 per 100K) — accounting for 29.8 % of the variance in assault rates 21 years later (compared to 5% for proportion of youth or finishing high school)

For every additional μg/m3 of lead in air, assault rates 21 years later increased by 163 per 100,000 population (see Table 3). Lead in air was the strongest predictor in the model, accounting for 29.8 % of the variance in assault rates 21 years later. By comparison, the proportion of the population aged 15–24 accounted for 5.4 % of the variance, and the proportion of …

Steps to creating a Net Zero Energy (NZE) district

Cross-posted from RMI – 3 Aug 2016   Net zero energy (NZE) buildings—those that are responsible for the production of as much (or more) clean energy as they use annually—have been gaining momentum around the world. And now, there are even net zero energy districts being contemplated, like Fort Collins’s Fort ZED, Arizona State University, and UC Davis’s West Village. …

What do wind development trends mean for health, jobs, cities and transportation?

The Wind Vision Report  takes America’s current installed wind power capacity across all facets of wind energy (land-based, offshore, and distributed) as its baseline—a capacity that has tripled since the 2008 release of the Energy Department’s 20% Wind Energy by 2030report—and assesses the potential economic, environmental, and social benefits of a scenario where U.S. wind power supplies 10% of the …

Jobs, water, health benefits and more: A retrospective analysis of benefits and impacts of U.S. renewable portfolio standards

Energy Policy, Volume 96, September 2016, Pages 645–660 by Galen Barbose, Ryan Wiser, Jenny Heeter et al.  doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2016.06.035.  The prior study in this series focused on historical RPS compliance costs, and future work will evaluate costs, benefits, and other impacts of RPS policies prospectively.  See Report PDF, Presentation PDF, Factsheet PDF, and Press Release PDF. Benefits of satisfying U. S. renewable portfolio …

MIT& Ford are running AV-EV small shuttles/taxis summoned on demand, to be integrated with pedestrian traffic on sidewalks – streets are next stop!

Ford and MIT signed a research partnership that will delve on autonomous driving and pedestrian traffic pattern recognition. The project is supposed to debut this fall, with a number of on-demand electric shuttles for MIT’s students.  ( Ford ) Ford and MIT partnered up for a project to assist electric shuttles gauge current levels of demand among pedestrians and better …