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    Switching to efficient electric heat pumps and appliances could save Oregon $1.1B through 2050, study finds

    In Portland, for instance, households that electrify could save $161 a year on energy compared to homes that burn gas. Meanwhile, the city of Eugene is pursuing a local policy to wean developers off natural gas in new construction.

    By Kavya Balaraman • July 6, 2022
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    High-speed reality capture tool holds sustainability, preservation potential for cities

    Using quick scanning technology, the latest generation of Leica Geosystems’ BLK360 device can help cities create digital twins that can be used in sustainability initiatives and for maintaining existing infrastructure.

    By Melissa Goldin • June 29, 2022
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    California needs to triple historical decarbonization rates to meet 2030 carbon target, report finds

    “The key takeaway is that California is leaving beneficial, earlier action on the table,” said Chris Busch, research director with Energy Innovation and primary author of the report. 

    By Kavya Balaraman • June 17, 2022
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    All signs point to a 'growing appetite' for digital twins: report

    Implementation is expected to increase 36% over the next five years, according to a Capgemini Research Institute report. But one smart city expert cautions city leaders against falling for the technology's "hype.”

    By Cailin Crowe • June 8, 2022
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    As storm season begins, White House building code initiative aims to cut energy waste, build resilient homes

    Hazard-resistant building codes can reduce energy waste and make communities more resilient to the impacts of climate change, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    By Robert Walton • June 7, 2022
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    NYC business improvement districts adapt to expansion of waste containerization pilot

    The Times Square Alliance, one early adopter, continues to install containers for garbage bags to improve aesthetics and decrease rodents and litter, but questions remain about barriers to participation for some groups.

    By June 6, 2022
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    Los Angeles pilots digital twin project to aid building decarbonization

    Digital twin platform Cityzenith is teaming up with Los Angeles to help construct a virtual replica of a section of the city to help make its buildings more sustainable and reduce carbon emissions.

    By Melissa Goldin • June 3, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    Inside Ithaca's plan to electrify 6,000 buildings and grow a regional green workforce using private equity funds

    The city has mustered $105 million in private funds to support low-cost loans for businesses and residents to install heat pumps.

    By Robert Walton • June 3, 2022
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    US cities look to casinos for economic development

    Most projects promise revenue and jobs, while Chicago's newly approved casino development reflects an emerging focus on equity. Experts weigh in on how to set urban casinos up for success.

    By June 1, 2022
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    The 'time-honored tradition' of opposing affordable multifamily housing in US cities

    Shawnee, Kansas, city councilors recently passed a rule banning co-living groups. Similar policies and other opposition to local zoning reform are perpetuating the country's housing crisis, housing experts say. 

    By May 31, 2022
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    Biden administration addresses the affordable housing crisis with new plan

    The plan proposes using federal grants to encourage cities to relax their zoning and land-use policies while providing new financing options for manufactured homes, accessory dwelling units and small-scale developments.

    By May 16, 2022
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    White House vows to speed up environmental review for federal infrastructure projects

    The new action plan will help streamline permitting and accelerate projects, Biden administration officials said earlier this week.

    By Julie Strupp • May 13, 2022
  • Washington, DC, is 'ideally poised for electrification,' Sierra Club finds. The city's gas utility disagrees.

    Renewable natural gas and green hydrogen could help the nation's capital avoid costly electric grid upgrades, according to Washington Gas.

    By Robert Walton • May 13, 2022
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    Governments clear a path for tiny homes to address housing crisis in cities

    Accessory dwelling units and tiny homes that are constructed in factories off-site and installed in backyards are often subject to restrictive zoning rules, building codes and pushback from neighbors. That is starting to change. 

    By May 9, 2022
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    Lessons from California: Tips to keep transit projects on time, on budget

    Local agencies tend to poorly plan infrastructure work and don’t have enough capacity to manage megaprojects, and common procurement methods create a management bottleneck, a new study from UC Berkeley found. 

    By Julie Strupp • April 28, 2022
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    Converting strip malls into mixed-use development could address California's housing crisis

    The transformation could alleviate the housing shortage while aiding storefronts amid the shift to online shopping. But it would require cities to change land-use policies, said housing experts during an Urban Land Institute meeting.

    By April 27, 2022
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    Housing economist: The industry has hit peak rent growth

    Although inflation could partially mute rent gains, the chief economist at an Atlanta-based real estate company says the supply-demand picture still looks good for multifamily housing.

    By Leslie Shaver • April 25, 2022
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    San Diego housing density bonus is spurring affordable units: report

    Amid a crucial housing shortage in Southern California, developers have leveraged a city incentive program to build thousands of units since 2016.

    By April 21, 2022
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    Denver is changing how residents will pay for trash collection

    The city council voted Monday to expand recycling pickups and provide weekly compost collection at no added cost, while charging for trash service based on how much households throw out. Changes take effect in 2023.

    By Updated June 28, 2022
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    Opinion

    For the Building Performance Standards Coalition to be effective, the White House must think bigger

    The former head of the U.S. Green Building Council weighs in on how federal, state and local government partners can go beyond just reducing building emissions as they pursue decarbonization.  

    By Mahesh Ramanujam • April 8, 2022
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    Latest UN climate change report shines new light on well-documented urban mitigation strategies

    Cities must push harder to decarbonize buildings and transform transportation norms, the report suggests, as the next three years are critical if the world is to change the course of global warming.

    By April 5, 2022
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    Baltimore company turns empty offices into apartments

    A real estate firm CEO explains the key challenges of converting old office buildings to apartments beyond the design limitations.  

    By Leslie Shaver • April 4, 2022
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    Transit-oriented development catches on as cities need to boost ridership and housing supply

    Cities are opting to build mixed-use developments near public transportation, but experts in Seattle, Atlanta and elsewhere say getting it right is a big challenge.

    By Adina Solomon • April 1, 2022
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    IDC names 17 winners for its 2022 North America Smart City Awards

    From Schenectady, New York, to Santa Ana, California, the group recognized smart city accomplishments across 14 categories for its fifth annual awards.

    By Cailin Crowe • March 30, 2022
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    Affordable housing funding would expand in Biden's FY23 budget

    With no path forward for housing provisions of last year's Build Back Better plan, the administration calls for $50 billion to increase the U.S. affordable housing supply and expand the federal Housing Choice Voucher program.

    By March 29, 2022