Climate & Resilience

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    8 trends shaping cities in 2022

    Cities continue to confront challenges surrounding the pandemic, the climate crisis, rising inequality and public safety this year.

    By Cailin Crowe, Danielle McLean, Maria Rachal, Dan Zukowski and Jason Plautz • Jan. 26, 2022
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    Resiliency remains key as electric sector becomes 'tip of the spear' for decarbonization, trade group leaders say

    The industry is facing new and old issues in 2022, according to experts at the U.S. Energy Association’s 2022 State of the Energy Industry Forum, including supply chain, labor, cybersecurity and reliability challenges.

    By Kavya Balaraman • Jan. 25, 2022
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    Upward Farms plans world's largest indoor vertical farm

    The 250,000-square-foot facility in Pennsylvania will supply microgreens and fish to consumers in the Northeast using the company's aquaponic technology.

    By Samantha Oller • Jan. 25, 2022
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    White House forms coalition with local governments to pursue building performance policies

    In a federal show of support for locally led decarbonization and retrofitting efforts, the coalition will cover nearly 20% of the U.S. building footprint and aims to advance legislation or regulation over the next two years.

    By Jan. 24, 2022
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    NYC's Central Park to become climate research hub

    The announcement of the Central Park Climate Lab comes as the World Economic Forum is highlighting how cities can mitigate climate threats by investing in nature-based solutions and infrastructure.

    By Jan. 20, 2022
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    Cities are murky on how they define 'green infrastructure': analysis

    The term is increasingly popping up in strategic plans and climate plans alike, but many U.S. cities that reference goals for green infrastructure don't explicitly define what it is, a recent study found.

    By Jan. 13, 2022
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    12 predictions about the trends that will shape smart cities in 2022

    As local leaders continue to adapt to the tremendous changes that the past year brought, industry players share how they anticipate cities will evolve.

    By Jan. 5, 2022
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    Q&A's from 2021 that spotlight 13 smart cities voices

    Revisit the year's one-on-one conversations, including with tech and climate leaders in Honolulu, Phoenix and San Diego and with execs at Revel, Veo and Drop Mobility.

    Dec. 23, 2021
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    NYC's new gas ban highlights market growth needs for building electrification

    Outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the climate legislation in his final days in office, but work to expand awareness, market development and worker training remains.

    By Dec. 22, 2021
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    Cities lack sufficient data to monitor their progress toward climate goals: report

    Just 19 of 100 large U.S. cities studied by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy are on track to meet their climate goals, and only 25 have set goals to cut emissions from transportation.

    By Dec. 17, 2021
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    Sidewalk Labs to fold its smart city products into Google

    The CEO of Alphabet-owned Sidewalk Labs announced he's stepping down due to health reasons and that the company's products will join Google.

    By Dec. 17, 2021
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    Boston's new chief of streets to steer city beyond car-centric transportation

    Former city CIO Jascha Franklin-Hodge will begin the role in January, aiming to support the sustainable transportation ideas that recently elected Mayor Wu campaigned on, including fare-free bus routes. 

    By Dec. 10, 2021
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    Building electrification momentum grew in US cities in 2021

    From Denver to Ithaca, New York, cities are charting new territory in their quest to slash built-environment emissions. Solutions include changing codes and adding performance standards, and even electrifying entire city building stocks.

    By Dec. 8, 2021
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    'A long way to go': How utilities are helping 6 cities meet big EV goals

    From New York City to Los Angeles, cities and utilities face cost, land and grid challenges in their efforts to electrify transportation systems.

    By Robert Walton , Emma Penrod , , Scott Van Voorhis • Nov. 30, 2021
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    Cycling surge here to stay in many cities, report suggests

    A host of Southern cities have seen significant jumps in ridership since before the pandemic. "If we match the demand with real infrastructure, who knows what our numbers could be," said one official at Walk Bike Nashville.

    By Nov. 29, 2021
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    Flooding risk complicates cities' push to legalize basement apartments

    In the age of extreme weather, amid the deaths of 11 New Yorkers living in basement units following heavy rainfall from remnants of Hurricane Ida, cities aim to balance safety with affordable housing accessibility.

    By Nov. 11, 2021
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    Reassessing the smart cities movement

    Smart Cities Dive asked 25 of the largest U.S. cities how they define a "smart city" and how that definition has evolved, the challenges they've faced in rolling out equitable policies and technologies, and their outlook for what's next.

    By the Smart Cities Dive Team • Nov. 9, 2021
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    'I get more smiles here': Topeka makes a bid for the remote worker

    For many people, crowded and expensive areas like New York or the Bay Area have grown nearly unlivable. The Choose Topeka program has found success dangling up to $15,000 for remote workers to relocate to the Kansas city.

    By Emilie Shumway • Oct. 25, 2021
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    How one of the hottest US cities is finally restructuring its heat response

    The Phoenix City Council opted to fund an Office of Heat Response & Mitigation. Residents have demanded cities do "more, better, and faster for extreme heat for a long time," said inaugural Director David Hondula.

    By Oct. 19, 2021
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    We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to meet cities' pressing needs. Let's get it done.

    Passing the Biden infrastructure bill will have ripple effects across the U.S., writes Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, driving investments in areas including electric vehicles, energy efficiency and recycling infrastructure. 

    By Kate Gallego • Oct. 18, 2021
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    City strategies evolve on American Rescue Plan spending

    Local governments are working through the historic influx of federal funds, including newly available competitive grants, while infrastructure bill dollars remain at bay.

    By Oct. 14, 2021
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    5 ways New York City can overhaul its streets to be more resilient: report

    A Regional Plan Association report calls for expanding bike lanes and busways, gradually phasing out free parking, adding green infrastructure to gather stormwater and more.

    By Oct. 13, 2021
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    Climate adaptation plans from US agencies envision transit resilience, modern building codes

    The Biden administration's whole-of-government approach to climate resilience planning has environmental, transportation and housing regulators, among others, mapping out more equitable preparedness in communities.

    By Oct. 12, 2021
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    Rescue funds buoy economic outlooks, but cities eager for infrastructure dollars: NLC report

    Many cities lost revenue in FY21, but certain economic and tax changes, plus infusions of direct federal relief, helped them weather the pandemic better than the Great Recession, according to National League of Cities researchers.

    By Oct. 7, 2021
  • Cool pavements research builds as temperatures rise

    Arizona State University and MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub researchers recently shared their respective studied benefits and lingering questions about how lighter pavements could impact urban heat island effects.

    By Sept. 24, 2021