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    Too few companies advocate for climate-friendly policies despite lofty goals: report

    Only around 40% of the country's top 100 firms lobby for green legislation, according to sustainability nonprofit Ceres. We have "run out of time to waste," a spokesperson said.

    By Chris Teale • July 13, 2021
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    Cities along Great Lakes will need $2B to address coastal damage: survey

    Despite 95% of city officials reporting they’re highly or moderately concerned about coastal damage, just 11% say they have a “high level of capacity” to respond, a Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative survey finds.

    By July 13, 2021
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    WRI names Rosario, Argentina, as 'Prize for Cities' winner

    The city's sustainable food initiative, a program that addresses inequalities and the effects of climate change by providing low-income residents with access to underused land to grow food, led to its win.

    By Chris Teale • June 29, 2021
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    San Diego, Houston detail paths for cities to purchase renewable energy

    Meeting clean energy goals can require different tools like community choice aggregation and renewable energy certificates, EPA and city officials say. 

    By June 22, 2021
  • New bill would tax polluters, redirect funds to impacted communities

    The Save Our Future Act would invest millions in emissions reduction programs and help areas reliant on fossil fuels transition away from them through direct payments, career training, business development and other programs.

    By Chris Teale • June 18, 2021
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    Low-carbon concrete bill advances in New York

    The bill takes aim at the emissions-heavy built environment by developing state guidelines for using greener concrete products and climate performance standards for state construction projects.

    By June 14, 2021
  • Dallas adopts its first urban forest master plan

    The plan follows an earlier heat island management study that found the nation's ninth-most-populous city was heating up more rapidly than every other city in the U.S. outside of Phoenix.

    By June 11, 2021
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    Baltimore contractor pilots low-carbon concrete product

    The new concrete formulation is designed to cut the material's embodied carbon by 40% compared to ordinary Portland cement-based concrete, the maker says.

    By Jeffrey Steele • June 4, 2021
  • Tampa, Florida, creates resilience plan to prepare for next crisis

    The road map, which officials say is the first to be released during or after the coronavirus pandemic, calls for more affordable housing and broadband access in addition to climate-ready infrastructure.

    By Chris Teale • June 3, 2021
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    Lower-income ZIP code residents feel worse effects of extreme heat, ozone pollution: study

    Policymakers should prioritize resources in poorer neighborhoods and develop better warning systems, according to a study analyzing hospitalizations across ZIP codes in California.

    By May 28, 2021
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    Republicans include $4B for EVs in 2nd counteroffer to Biden infrastructure plan

    The Republicans' proposal would spend $928 billion on infrastructure over the next eight years, a $360 billion increase over their previous proposal. But EV advocates say the plan still falls short. 

    By Catherine Morehouse • May 28, 2021
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    Washington, DC, reclaims top spot as best city for parks

    The Trust for Public Land's rankings measured park equity access for the first time in the index's 10-year history, noting that while many cities have made strides, plenty of work still lies ahead.  

    By Chris Teale • May 27, 2021
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    With more extreme weather on horizon, FEMA resilience program's dollars to double

    The Biden administration's $1 billion injection for the nascent Pre-Disaster Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program comes as national leaders aim to "categorically shift" disaster spending from reactive to proactive.

    By May 26, 2021
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    Biden orders Yellen to outline climate risks to financial stability

    The action also calls for an effort within about four months to identify and disclose the extent of exposure government programs and assets have to climate risks.

    By Dan Ennis • May 25, 2021
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    Biden decarbonization focus shifts to buildings, aiming to triple efficiency

    The White House announced workforce development funding, new performance standards and expanded partnerships in the private sector to address carbon emissions from the nation's building stock.

    By Robert Walton • May 20, 2021
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    Funding is a key barrier to cities' climate plan progress: report

    About 43% of cities worldwide lack a climate adaptation plan, with 25% noting budget constraints as an obstacle, nonprofit CDP reports. But neglecting to address climate change comes with a financial cost too, experts warn.

    By May 17, 2021
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    Coalition seeks to highlight composting as key urban infrastructure

    Given the Biden administration's focus on climate, environmental justice and infrastructure investment, advocates and trade groups view now as an apt time to pursue $200 million across a decade to help expand U.S. composting.

    By May 13, 2021
  • NREL app expected to significantly speed up US residential solar permitting

    A new app designed by NREL will address a key concern among solar contractors with near-instantaneous permit decisions for residential installations in the majority of U.S. jurisdictions.

    By Emma Penrod • May 10, 2021
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    'We are simply not ready' for EV charging at scale, House Republicans say, warning of China dependence

    During a hearing Wednesday on major clean-transportation legislation — part of the Biden administration's $174 billion proposal to bolster electric vehicles — Republicans said the plan strips away consumer choice.

    By Robert Walton • May 7, 2021
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    DC traffic deaths climb as Vision Zero funding remains in limbo

    Traffic-related fatalities in the nation's capital are well above the number seen by this date last year. Meanwhile, funding allocations for a new law to bring fatalities to zero by 2024 are still undetermined. 

    By Updated April 30, 2021
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    Just transition needed in transit electrification, labor leaders say

    Transit worker representatives said agencies and the federal government should provide training and give workers a voice, otherwise major job losses could follow.

    By Chris Teale • April 27, 2021
  • Pittsburgh pursues sustainable deconstruction policy to salvage building materials

    Following similar steps in Portland, Oregon, and Milwaukee, Pittsburgh is betting that recovering materials from condemned buildings instead of demolishing them will support the city's climate and equity goals.

    By April 26, 2021
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    Verizon-backed accelerator taps emerging tech to support climate justice

    A new initiative aims to use 5G, big data and AI to help vulnerable communities build resiliency against the worst impacts of climate change. 

    By Chris Teale • April 26, 2021
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    Cleantech incubator part of Houston's goal to be 'energy transition capital'

    One year after the city unveiled its Climate Action Plan, the incubator said it has 30 startups ready to move into its 40,000-square-foot Greentown Labs space.

    By Chris Teale • April 23, 2021
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    New York to revive curbside composting as city lags on zero waste goal

    Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Earth Day the city is reviving multiple programs cut during the pandemic. But the city is not yet taking the steps many elected officials and advocates believe are necessary to achieve a key 2030 target.

    By Cole Rosengren • April 22, 2021