Equity


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    FEMA climate resilience grants unevenly distributed among communities

    Coastal states with more “high-capacity” local governments tend to win more of the competitive BRIC grants, a Headwaters Economics analysis finds.

    By Sept. 27, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    Baltimore faces expensive road ahead for waste infrastructure

    Despite pressure from advocacy groups, the city's 10-year waste plan anticipates landfill and incineration will continue to serve a key role as the city works to increase recycling.

    By Jacob Wallace • Sept. 19, 2023
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    Top 5 Stories from Smart Cities Dive

    Flying taxis and expanding high-speed rail promise to transform the urban transportation landscape, as cities increasingly harness the natural and built environments to mitigate and adapt to climate change impacts.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff
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    Forest Service unveils 385 urban forestry projects to get over $1B in grants

    The Inflation Reduction Act bolstered the program's funding to more than 27 times its 2022 appropriation. Explore which states received the largest investments with our map.

    By Sept. 15, 2023
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    Extreme heat disproportionately threatens Black renters, experts say

    Black renters disproportionately experience energy insecurity, which stems from an inability to pay energy bills, and federal policy falls short in addressing it, a Brookings Metro report says.

    By Sept. 13, 2023
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    Broadband affordability program enrolls 20M+ US households, most in urban areas

    Some cities are advancing their own plans to bridge the digital divide using American Rescue Plan Act and other funding sources.

    By Iulia Gheorghiu • Sept. 12, 2023
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    EPA seeks advisers on ‘critical’ local government issues

    The Environmental Protection Agency will pick up to five officials who represent local, state, tribal or territorial governments to serve one-year terms.

    By Sept. 8, 2023
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    How 2 big US transit agencies approach equity

    Community members, small businesses and the agency's own workforce can provide crucial input to programs and projects, agency executives said.

    By Sept. 8, 2023
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    FEMA selects ‘disaster resilience zones’ to get priority access to federal funds

    The 483 census tracts span D.C. and all 50 states. More communities will be designated as community disaster resilience zones in the coming months.

    By Sept. 7, 2023
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    Cool pavement covers this LA neighborhood. Does it make a difference?

    Project partners released their findings a year into what they described as “one of the most comprehensive studies of an urban cooling intervention.” 

    By Sept. 5, 2023
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    Heat-related illness: New federal tool reveals highest-risk communities

    Officials can use the online dashboard, updated weekly, to prioritize where to focus on outreach, cooling centers, street trees, parks and cool roofs, according to the Transportation Department.

    By Aug. 31, 2023
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    California clean vehicle rebate program expands statewide

    The state's rebate incentives will help lower-income consumers access electric and fuel-cell vehicles.

    By Aug. 24, 2023
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    4 communities to build anti-racist data ecosystems with $5M from foundations

    Pittsburgh will use the grant to include Black communities “at the point where data is first discussed, before, sometimes, even the point of data collection,” said the city’s chief data officer.

    By Aug. 23, 2023
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    What managed retreat around the world can teach US cities

    In a future where managed retreat relocations “become more and more popular,” a Stanford University researcher’s work may hold crucial lessons.

    By Aug. 21, 2023
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    For emergency preparedness, Houston looks to teens

    The city launched an educational campaign after identifying emergency preparedness as a top youth need in a process that led to it being named the nation’s first UNICEF-designated child-friendly city. 

    By Aug. 18, 2023
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    Ride-hailing vehicles must be zero-emission in NYC by 2030 under proposed rule

    Uber and Lyft vehicles that are wheelchair-accessible would be exempt from the zero-emission requirement. Ride-hailing drivers worry about the cost of buying new vehicles to comply.

    By Aug. 17, 2023
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    Boston grants aim to lower carbon footprint of affordable housing

    Building owners can get up to $10,000 each for comprehensive energy assessments.

    By Aug. 16, 2023
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    Extreme heat causing ‘preventable’ deaths in US cities, scientists say

    Heat wave early warning and response systems “save lives,” but not enough communities have them, said an expert on the health risks of climate change.

    By Aug. 15, 2023
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    Opinion

    On environmental justice, a new blueprint for action

    Chicago violated residents’ civil rights by funneling industrial facilities into communities of color, HUD determined, and the city must make things right.

    By Gina Ramirez • Aug. 14, 2023
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    How ‘snob zoning’ blocks opportunity

    Exclusionary zoning policies’ problems — and possible solutions – are on the mind of Richard Kahlenberg, author of the new book “Excluded.”

    By Joan Mooney • Aug. 10, 2023
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    For urban cooling, forests beat street trees, landscaped parks: study

    Urban natural areas are “underfunded and unprotected, leaving them imperiled in cities across the country," warns a study of 12 U.S. cities.

    By Aug. 9, 2023
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    How to safely store e-bikes, e-scooters in apartments

    The uptick in micromobility battery fires shows electrification is "moving faster than we’re able to necessarily adapt to," a fire protection expert at an engineering consulting firm said.

    By Mary Salmonsen • Aug. 3, 2023
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    Extreme heat merits federal major disaster status, local leaders say

    Proposed federal legislation would unlock much-needed resources for local extreme heat response, say the National League of Cities and U.S. Conference of Mayors.

    By Aug. 1, 2023
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    Seattle downtown revitalization plan reimagines area post-pandemic

    The plan aims to make downtown safer and more welcoming, but critics say it comes at a cost for people living on the streets.

    By Joan Mooney • July 24, 2023
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    These 5 cities aim to cool down by scaling up ‘smart surfaces’ in coming years

    The benefits of implementing these surfaces across a city may far outweigh the costs, according to the nonprofit Smart Surfaces Coalition, which is leading the initiative announced Thursday.

    By July 24, 2023
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    Deadly battery fires from e-bikes, scooters prompt action in NYC

    The city launched an education campaign, as legislators push for new policy and community groups strive to reach micromobility-reliant delivery workers.

    By Kalena Thomhave • July 21, 2023