Climate & Resilience

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    Boston aims to eliminate fossil fuels in new buildings

    The city’s chance to set new building standards comes from the climate bill the Massachusetts governor signed last week, which extends that opportunity to 10 municipalities in the state. 

    By Aug. 17, 2022
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    Support for housing efficiency upgrades, urban parks, drought resilience poised to become law

    With the House sending the Inflation Reduction Act to the president’s desk, some climate leaders say the onus will shift to local governments to execute on key initiatives.

    By Aug. 15, 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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    Chicago commits to 100% renewable energy at city facilities by 2025

    The clean energy agreement “helps build the market” while encouraging smaller cities and municipalities “to make similar commitments,” said a senior attorney at the Environmental Law & Policy Center.

    By Aug. 15, 2022
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    New York public housing is poised for electric heating and cooling upgrades from a California startup

    Vince Romanin, the CEO of Gradient, discusses the market for heat pumps and a New York City Housing Authority contract to rethink HVAC for residents vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

    By Aug. 10, 2022
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    New York City rolling out ‘largest curbside composting program in the nation’ with Queens expansion

    After years of budget cuts and political shifts, the Department of Sanitation says this latest organics recycling iteration will be its most cost-effective and efficient approach yet. Drop-off bins are also being added in other boroughs.

    By Cole Rosengren • Aug. 9, 2022
  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) gives the thumbs up as he leaves the Senate Chamber after passage of the Inflation Reduction Act at the U.S. Capitol August 7, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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    Mayors and city leaders voice support for Inflation Reduction Act

    The bill, which passed the Senate on Sunday, represents the largest climate investment in U.S. history and has garnered support from cities seeking to lower greenhouse gas emissions and boost resilience.

    By Aug. 9, 2022
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    Building performance standards momentum slowly grows in the wake of White House efforts

    A Maryland county’s policy represents one of the only major updates so far, but more localities have said they’ll pursue standards. Funds in the Inflation Reduction Act could provide new incentives to decarbonize buildings.

    By Aug. 8, 2022
  • United Auto Workers President Ray Curry stands at a podium in an automotive assembly plant under a sign that reads, "A future made in America."
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    EV manufacturers, regulators debate US ability to hit 50% sales goal by 2030

    The right federal policy and charging infrastructure, as well as solutions to supply chain issues, are critical to meeting the goal of half of new vehicle sales being electric by 2030, said Center for Automotive Research event panelists.

    By Aug. 3, 2022
  • A red car and black car are half-submerged on a flooded road bordered by trees as a person in rainwear walks with his back to the camera.
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    Federal Highway Administration announces $7.3B in grants for transportation resilience

    Communities can use these funds to prepare highway, transit, pedestrian, bicycle and port facilities to better withstand natural disasters.

    By Aug. 2, 2022
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    To address its climate emergency, Portland, Oregon, lays out a 43-step plan

    Creating resilience hubs and replacing petroleum diesel at the pump are among the top actions city officials intend to pursue in the coming years after declaring a climate emergency in 2020. 

    By July 26, 2022
  • Massachusetts passes 'landmark' climate bill to decarbonize buildings, transportation

    The bill in part requires annual energy usage reports from buildings 20,000 square feet or larger and creates a pilot for 10 municipalities to offer fossil fuel-free home renovations, targeting affordable housing and multifamily housing.

    By Iulia Gheorghiu • July 25, 2022
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    Chase launches EV education website to help consumers navigate the electric vehicle purchase decision

    Making the decision to buy an electric vehicle involves questions about home and on-road charging, costs and driving range that the bank hopes to answer. 

    By July 25, 2022
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    No city is immune to extreme weather

    As severe weather events become more frequent, government leaders put disaster relief plans in place.

    July 25, 2022
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    New York City expands role in ConEd demand response program amid second week of stifling temperatures

    The city’s increased participation can reduce peak energy demand by 115 MW, officials said. 

    By Robert Walton • July 21, 2022
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    Biden announces executive actions on extreme heat response, offshore wind

    The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is providing a funding boost for the president’s climate initiatives.

    By Julie Strupp • July 21, 2022
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    Community resilience-building program's federal funding to more than double

    FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program will grow from $1 billion to $2.3 billion with support from the infrastructure law, but concerns remain about challenges for communities that want to apply.  

    By July 21, 2022
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    USPS to purchase 40% electric vehicles, expanding previous commitments

    A previous decision to purchase 10% electric vehicles as part of an update to its aging delivery fleet led to pushback, scrutiny and lawsuits.

    By Robert Walton • July 21, 2022
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    Seattle looks to expand reuse systems, reduce waste at event venues

    As reusable cups and containers roll out at music venues, sports stadiums and elsewhere, the business behind the system is eyeing expansions to more cities working through public-private partnerships.

    By July 20, 2022
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    Deadline approaches for states to access National EV Infrastructure program funds

    The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation recently received the first state plan. “We've really been there to try to be as much of a resource as possible,” said Deputy Director Rachael Nealer.

    By July 18, 2022
  • West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin stands behind a row of microphones, with a woman to his right holding another microphone, in an office building.
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    Extension of EV tax credits in jeopardy after Manchin says he won't support climate spending

    As many cities prepare to support more electric vehicles on the street, any extension to the expiring federal tax credits to help consumers purchase EVs appears doomed given opposition from the West Virginia senator.

    By July 15, 2022
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    EV tax credits begin to phase out as more consumers look to electric vehicles to avoid high gas prices

    Negotiations continue in Congress to rescue electric vehicle incentives and overcome opposition from Sen. Joe Manchin.

    By July 14, 2022
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    Extreme heat is here. Here's how we create a heat-resilient nation.

    Heat is the top weather-related killer in the U.S. In the face of worsening climate change, helping communities manage heat will require cooperation among local, state and federal governments, one researcher writes.

    By Ladd Keith • July 13, 2022
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    Charlotte mobility plan aims to slash car use, transform access to lower-emission options

    The strategic mobility plan seeks to improve transit options and accessibility to create real change for North Carolina’s largest city, which once ranked last among 50 comparable cities for intergenerational mobility.

    By Austyn Gaffney • July 11, 2022
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    EV adoption is higher where consumers see more electric vehicles, studies show

    Peer effects and EV-friendly government policies help drive consumer adoption of electric vehicles, mounting research suggests.

    By July 8, 2022
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    City on-road emissions targets proposed by Biden administration

    The Transportation Department wants to require state DOTs and metropolitan planning organizations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from travel on National Highway System roads in their regions. 

    By July 8, 2022