Climate & Resilience

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    Urban parks vie for Interior Department construction, renovation funds

    About $61 million in federal grant funding could provide an economic life raft for 27 urban parks in 26 underserved communities.

    By Austyn Gaffney • May 25, 2022
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    As destructive wildfires increase, new model can calculate property risk

    A nonprofit's online tool identifies a home's wildfire risk based on publicly available data and property details. Nearly 80 million homes are expected to face some level of risk by 2050 as climate change continues.

    By Matthew Thibault • May 19, 2022
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    Vehicle Electrification

    Cities and states are trying to harness the growing electric vehicle market to meet decarbonization goals while ensuring the rollout of these vehicles is being done equitably. Their efforts are aided by an influx of federal support.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff
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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
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    'Citizen scientists' help track urban heat in 14 US communities

    For a more complete picture of urban heat, climate research and consulting firm CAPA Strategies is working with NOAA and city and county residents to combine community engagement, on-the-ground data collection and modeling.

    By May 12, 2022
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    Park funding not keeping up with needs: survey

    Deferred maintenance costs are ballooning as cities and residents lean on parks for more and more uses, an annual Trust for Public Land analysis of the 100 most populous U.S. cities found.

    By May 4, 2022
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    Minneapolis shares compost program tips as NYC, DC, Chicago ponder new services

    The Minnesota city has over 50% program participation after going citywide around 2015. Boston and Denver are also among the cities with potential expansions on the horizon.

    By May 3, 2022
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    To reduce transportation emissions, make it realistic for people to ditch cars

    Building walkable communities with easy access to public transit is key to reducing our reliance on cars and achieving environmental goals, writes the CEO of Keolis North America.

    By David Scorey • May 2, 2022
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    Michigan awards grants to spur EV equity and economic development

    The grant program aims to increase access to electric vehicles and charging stations in underserved communities while also creating EV-related jobs through public-private partnerships.

    By April 29, 2022
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    Leading Cities, QBE invite startups to apply to AcceliCITY resilience competition

    The resilience challenge – accepting applications through April – also awards regional prizes and virtual incubator memberships. Another part of the competition seeks an urban food pilot for Gainesville, Florida.

    By April 27, 2022
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    California readies regulations for zero-emission truck fleets

    Medium- and heavy-duty vehicles are the next big frontier in transportation electrification. The move to EVs has been slower in this segment because of its higher energy needs.

    By April 26, 2022
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    Climate investment gaps could prompt creative financing ideas from cities

    With climate action initiatives underfunded around the world, some cities are experimenting with different ways to find funds and promote investment, one expert said.

    By April 25, 2022
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    US transportation sector could cut carbon emissions 34% by 2030: analysis

    "We've actually made a lot of progress," said one researcher. Separately, the Biden administration announced $6.4 billion for states to use under the infrastructure law's carbon reduction program.

    By April 22, 2022
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    Climate change ripple effects include migration, gentrification and more, new report suggests

    Vulnerable cities, recipient cities and climate destinations each face their own challenges managing population fluctuations and infrastructure risks, as outlined in an NLC framework and report released Thursday.

    By April 22, 2022
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    Boston to offer residents curbside composting

    After years of discussion, the city and its growing zero waste staff intend to announce details next month for an opt-in pilot that will start in 2022.

    By April 21, 2022
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    Proposed California EV regs could be adopted by other states

    In a bid to ramp up zero-emission vehicle sales, the policy move could ultimately enable regulators "to set the national standards that we need to meet our climate goals," said one transportation and clean air policy expert.

    By April 18, 2022
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    Robotic balloons could provide high-res images for numerous urban applications

    Flying at 60,000 feet, they can help cities monitor vegetation, power lines, roadways and more and could potentially aid navigation for advanced urban transportation tech like AVs and VTOLs, says the CEO of Near Space Labs.

    By April 14, 2022
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    California regulators to update vehicle emission requirements as state seeks to spur EV transition

    The California Air Resources Board will update regulations for vehicles emissions and zero-emission vehicle requirements, as advocates want automakers mandated to make electric vehicles available to frontline communities. 

    By April 13, 2022
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    Denver sees potential waste, recycling, compost policy overhauls on horizon

    "If you look at many of the large advancements that have occurred in environmental policy in Denver, it's come through the ballot initiative," said a leader of the push for services across multifamily buildings and businesses.

    By April 12, 2022
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    City leaders share ideas on how to maximize federal dollars

    At the Smart Cities Connect conference last week, local leaders called for a rethink of how cities seek to allocate federal dollars, including through community engagement, data-led decisions and regional collaborations. 

    By April 12, 2022
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    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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    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 March 30, 2022
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    Nearly $45B for climate and clean energy included in Biden's proposed budget

    It calls for investments in zero-emission vehicles and related infrastructure so federal agencies can provide "immediate, clear, and stable" demand. There are also carveouts for electrifying low-income homes.

    By Ethan Howland • March 29, 2022
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    Boston moves to convert its charming but costly gas lamps to LEDs

    The city is in the midst of a community engagement process to convert 2,800 of its remaining gas lamps  — which are 4% of the city's streetlights but 37% of its streetlight emissions — to LEDs in a bid to support climate goals.

    By March 25, 2022