Climate & Resilience

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    Shared-Use Mobility Center highlights opportunities for micromobility in city climate action plans

    The role of micromobility is not discussed much in climate action plans, but that could be improved going forward, one Shared-Use Mobility Center representative explained during a webinar last week.

    By Jan. 30, 2023
  • New York City Mayor Eric Adams delivers second state of the city address at the Queens Theatre in Queens, New York, on Jan. 26, 2023.
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    New York to have citywide curbside composting by end of 2024, mayor says

    The timeline gives the city less than two years to bring curbside composting to all five boroughs, a long-held goal that has eluded city officials through administration changes and budget cuts.

    By Jan. 27, 2023
  • New York City Mayor Eric Adams delivers second state of the city address at the Queens Theatre in Queens, New York, on Jan. 26, 2023.
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    NYC to require zero-emission fleets from Uber, Lyft by 2030

    “That’s zero emissions for over 100,000 vehicles on our city streets. And it will be achieved with no new costs for individual drivers,” Mayor Eric Adams said in the State of the City address Thursday.

    By Jan. 27, 2023
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    How green building policy could evolve in 2023

    After reducing energy use in buildings, cutting embodied carbon is next on the green policy agenda for state and local leaders, potentially prompting a shift from concrete and steel to materials like timber or straw, experts say.

    By Adina Solomon • Jan. 26, 2023
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    Analysis of local climate action plans and solid waste planning shows overlapping opportunities

    Environmental services firm HDR examined hundreds of solid waste-related actions across city and county climate action plans.

    By Jan. 26, 2023
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    El Paso to reconnect neighborhoods divided by highway with deck plaza

    The Texas city will work with Stantec on the design and planning for a downtown public space with regional amenities over Interstate 10, which might also be widened as part of the project.

    By Jan. 25, 2023
  • People look on as a tow truck pulls a car out of a flooded intersection on January 04, 2023 in Mill Valley, California.
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    DOT provides $29.4M to repair California roads damaged by floods

    The money will support efforts by the state transportation department and four federal agencies to fix highways, bridges and other infrastructure.

    By Colin Campbell • Jan. 25, 2023
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    Electric vehicles near ‘tipping point’ in 2023

    Key developments for EV adoption this year include implementing federal incentives, developing a national charging network and addressing utility issues, according to transportation, energy and real estate professionals.

    By Robert Walton • Jan. 20, 2023
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    Nearly all US mayors worry about climate change’s local effects: report

    Mayors said their regulatory powers, especially building codes and zoning, are their most effective tools to address climate change. But they are reluctant to limit residents’ behavior or the use of old technology.

    By Jan. 19, 2023
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    4 trends that could shape smart cities in 2023

    These overarching trends affect the decisions communities are making around transportation design, street space, housing and revitalizing downtowns that have struggled with fewer office workers.

    By Smart Cities Dive Team • Jan. 13, 2023
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    From flooding to wildfires, US communities just faced a costly year

    The $165 billion and 474 deaths linked to weather and climate disaster events in 2022 make it the third-costliest year on record, U.S. weather scientists reported Tuesday.

    By Jan. 11, 2023
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    California storms disrupt transit, Amtrak service

    A series of strong winter rain storms led to canceled and delayed trains and flooded a major rail station.

    By Jan. 11, 2023
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    Federal agencies share ‘blueprint’ for transportation decarbonization

    Energy, environment, housing and transportation regulators teamed up on strategies to realize a 100% clean electrical grid by 2035 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, with nods to micromobility, zoning reform and more.

    By Jan. 10, 2023
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    Madison, Wisconsin, approves complete green streets policy

    The capital city’s new guide attempts to align with safety and sustainability goals and provide a more consistent and equitable framework for making decisions about the public right of way.

    By Jan. 6, 2023
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    Updating local regulations may ease EV charging rollout

    Improved regulations make it easier for developers to “know what they’re getting into,” said one transportation planner.

    By Kalena Thomhave • Jan. 4, 2023
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    13 predictions about the trends that will shape smart cities in 2023

    Cities will get smarter about transportation infrastructure needs, continue to rethink the use of downtown spaces and look at where data can help inform various operations, readers said.

    By Jan. 3, 2023
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    10 conversations in 2022 on the future of mobility, high-speed rail, resilience and more

    Smart Cities Dive caught up with executives from businesses including GM and Replica; officials from Austin, Oakland and other cities; and leaders from the U.S. Congress and Ukraine.

    Jan. 3, 2023
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    Next steps for the Great Lakes region’s circular economy strategy

    The Council of the Great Lakes Region and its partners are figuring out the first steps toward implementing a plan released this year. Plastics will be a prime focus in efforts to preserve water quality in the area.

    By Dec. 22, 2022
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    Chicago launches climate infrastructure fund for nonprofits, small businesses

    The $5 million Climate Infrastructure Fund intends to help pay for building efficiency improvements, electric vehicles, EV charging infrastructure and stormwater reduction efforts.

    By Dec. 21, 2022
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    Postal Service to acquire 66,000 EVs by 2028

    The electric delivery vehicles will start hitting the streets by the end of 2023, the U.S. Postal Service stated. The announcement followed criticism that the agency wasn’t transitioning enough of its fleet.

    By Dec. 21, 2022
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    New York state climate panel outlines ambitious road map to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

    The plan is a “bold, monumental achievement,” New York’s environmental commissioner said, but the head of an independent power producer industry group said it fails to adequately address grid reliability.

    By Stephen Singer • Dec. 20, 2022
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    Jersey City to fund community projects based on resident feedback

    Local officials said the New Jersey city’s first participatory budgeting pilot worked better than expected, allowing them to understand residents’ priorities.

    By Dec. 20, 2022
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    Miami-Dade County releases extreme heat action plan

    After appointing a chief heat officer last year, the county and its neighbors are doubling down on cooling strategies and educating the public, describing extreme heat as even more harmful than hurricanes.

    By Dec. 16, 2022
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    Seize the moment for climate action, mayors group says

    “The federal government is making unprecedented investments in climate action,” and implementation in 2023 and beyond will be critical, said ​​​​​​Madison, Wisconsin’s mayor, the incoming chair of Climate Mayors.

    By Dec. 15, 2022
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    DOT to provide $1.5 billion for hard-to-fund transportation projects

    Rural and urban areas will each receive half the funding, with at least $15 million guaranteed for projects in communities where there is persistent poverty or those considered historically disadvantaged.

    By Dec. 15, 2022