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    Buildings are a key climate solution: How the U.S. and Europe are cooperating to make progress

    The U.S. and E.U. have committed to reaching net zero emissions by 2050. Building decarbonization is essential to achieving this goal.

    By Oliver Rapf, executive director, BPIE (Building Performance Institute Europe), and Lotte Schlegel, executive director, IMT (Institute for Market Transformation) • Feb. 28, 2022
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    Opinion

    Revisiting California's natural gas hookup subsidies

    California is one of the biggest consumers of natural gas in the U.S., and has been adding new gas customers faster than any other state. These trends are in direct conflict with its ambitious climate goals, the authors write.

    By Clifford Rechtschaffen and Simi Rose George • Feb. 23, 2022
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    Orlando emphasizes 'wow factor' in digital twin project

    Unlike many other cities' digital twins, the project will map the entire 40-square-mile metro region. It will be updated with real-time data to help inform infrastructure policies and act as a marketing tool for the metro region.

    By Feb. 22, 2022
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    Opinion

    To decarbonize buildings, think like an entrepreneur

    The most innovative ideas to slash emissions won’t have impact if they never reach the market, writes Reshma Singh, who focuses on building technologies at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

    By Reshma Singh • Feb. 18, 2022
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    To prevent evictions, cities should take a multifaceted approach, NLC report says

    A new National League of Cities report says cities can tailor eviction policies to meet the unique needs of their communities with interventions such as legal and financial assistance, hotlines, and resources.

    By Feb. 7, 2022
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    Pittsburgh bridge collapse raises questions, infrastructure funding concerns

    The span fell the day President Joe Biden was visiting to promote the IIJA, underscoring his push to improve the nation's dated infrastructure.

    By Matthew Thibault • Feb. 1, 2022
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    DC joins growing list of cities requiring new buildings to include EV parking

    A make-ready rule requires 20% of parking to be ready for EV charging in certain new and refurbished buildings. But a parking reform expert said the rules ignore a bigger climate question: Is new parking necessary at all?

    By Jan. 27, 2022
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    8 trends shaping cities in 2022

    Cities continue to confront challenges surrounding the pandemic, the climate crisis, rising inequality and public safety this year.

    By Cailin Crowe, Danielle McLean, Maria Rachal, Dan Zukowski and Jason Plautz • Jan. 26, 2022
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    White House forms coalition with local governments to pursue building performance policies

    In a federal show of support for locally led decarbonization and retrofitting efforts, the coalition will cover nearly 20% of the U.S. building footprint and aims to advance legislation or regulation over the next two years.

    By Jan. 24, 2022
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    The pitfalls of place-based revitalization in Atlanta, San Diego: reports

    Revitalization efforts in disinvested communities can result in two opposing results: They can contribute to gentrification or leave neighborhoods as impoverished as when the initiatives started, the Urban Institute reports.

    By Jan. 14, 2022
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    Cities are murky on how they define 'green infrastructure': analysis

    The term is increasingly popping up in strategic plans and climate plans alike, but many U.S. cities that reference goals for green infrastructure don't explicitly define what it is, a recent study found.

    By Jan. 13, 2022
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    12 predictions about the trends that will shape smart cities in 2022

    As local leaders continue to adapt to the tremendous changes that the past year brought, industry players share how they anticipate cities will evolve.

    By Jan. 5, 2022
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    Q&A's from 2021 that spotlight 13 smart cities voices

    Revisit the year's one-on-one conversations, including with tech and climate leaders in Honolulu, Phoenix and San Diego and with execs at Revel, Veo and Drop Mobility.

    Dec. 23, 2021
  • How the pandemic has shaped driver and pedestrian behavior

    The past year has seen drastic changes to driver behavior and commuting patterns, ushering in an era of high traffic and pedestrian deaths.

    Dec. 22, 2021
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    NYC's new gas ban highlights market growth needs for building electrification

    Outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the climate legislation in his final days in office, but work to expand awareness, market development and worker training remains.

    By Dec. 22, 2021
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    Building electrification momentum grew in US cities in 2021

    From Denver to Ithaca, New York, cities are charting new territory in their quest to slash built-environment emissions. Solutions include changing codes and adding performance standards, and even electrifying entire city building stocks.

    By Dec. 8, 2021
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    Tesla solar roof fires subject of SEC, Consumer Product Safety Commission investigations

    A former Tesla employee accused the company of failing to disclose safety risks from solar panels. 

    By Dec. 8, 2021
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    5 of the largest mixed-use development projects in the works across the US

    Developments in Boston; Alexandria, Virginia; Frisco, Texas; and elsewhere will be home to new residential, retail and office spaces valued in the billions.

    By Mary Salmonsen • Nov. 30, 2021
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    Traffic is Boring: Tracking Elon Musk's tunneling proposals

    Some projects for The Boring Co. have gotten off — or rather under — the ground, as others peter out. Here's where the ambitious plans stand today.

    By Zachary Phillips • Nov. 17, 2021
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    Initiative will rethink San Francisco downtown for 'post-COVID' work patterns

    How should a commercial downtown evolve if the masses of 9-to-5 workers don't return to pre-pandemic commuting? One San Francisco group has launched a project to address that question.

    By Nov. 15, 2021
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    Deep Dive

    Flooding risk complicates cities' push to legalize basement apartments

    In the age of extreme weather, amid the deaths of 11 New Yorkers living in basement units following heavy rainfall from remnants of Hurricane Ida, cities aim to balance safety with affordable housing accessibility.

    By Nov. 11, 2021
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    Reassessing the smart cities movement

    Smart Cities Dive asked 25 of the largest U.S. cities how they define a "smart city" and how that definition has evolved, the challenges they've faced in rolling out equitable policies and technologies, and their outlook for what's next.

    By the Smart Cities Dive Team • Nov. 9, 2021
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    Transportation leaders react to passage of infrastructure bill with funds for transit, EVs, rail

    Industry advocates and private sector players praised the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act as a landmark first step while looking ahead to the Build Back Better Act.

    By Nov. 8, 2021
  • EV adoption poised to surge if Congress OKs $100B in purchase incentives, experts say

    U.S. electric vehicle sales could finish 2021 at 5% of new purchases, according to industry observers. That's a milestone, but experts say adoption could really take off depending on federal government investments.

    By Robert Walton • Nov. 5, 2021
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    Deep Dive

    Are digital twins the future of urban planning?

    Digital 3D models can help city leaders plan for the future, but their value will depend on the data.

    By Adina Solomon • Nov. 1, 2021