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    Urban heat project to assess impact of scaling up cool pavements

    Following some cities' cool pavements pilots, a new research initiative in one LA neighborhood will aim to measure extreme heat's impacts and implement cooling tech in a 10-square-block area to see how benefits amplify.

    By March 25, 2022
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    How 'spongy' is your city? Report calls on cities to better assess how they absorb water

    With digital mapping tools, cities can determine their baseline ability to manage rainfall, and in turn work to reduce their reliance on less climate-resilient infrastructure, according to engineering and consulting firm Arup.

    By March 22, 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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    Boston to launch e-cargo bike pilot aimed at small business deliveries

    The city's mayor’s office said the 18-month program "gives Boston an opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and congestion on our streets, all while making them safer for drivers and pedestrians alike."

    By Austyn Gaffney • March 21, 2022
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    'Self-healing' concrete substitute sucks carbon out of the air

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute researchers have developed a material that can remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and could one day be used on roads and buildings.

    By George Kevin Jordan • March 16, 2022
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    The problem with urban tree-planting promises

    Lofty goals to plant millions of trees sound like a magic-bullet environmental policy that everyone can get behind. But experts warn it's not that simple.

    By Jason Plautz • March 14, 2022
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    Fullerton, California, to fund smart city projects with energy savings

    The $8.4 million energy efficiency project is expected to save the city $12.1 million and support the implementation of technology like LED streetlights. 

    By March 7, 2022
  • Biden touts charging network expansion in State of the Union amid 85% jump in 2021 US EV sales

    During his speech to Congress, President Joe Biden highlighted plans for a 500,000-charger national network supported by the federal government as EV sales surge and the market prepares for a flood of federal funding.

    By Robert Walton • March 4, 2022
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    Climate adaptation alarm bells trigger questions on cities' next steps

    How can cities act on the latest dire warning from climate scientists? For starters, set nearer-term goals and treat the situation as an emergency, urban sustainability leaders say.

    By March 3, 2022
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    Local governments advise EPA on using infrastructure dollars to support climate justice

    An advisory group recommended ways the agency can provide flexibility and support to communities, ensure that equity goals see follow-through and promote climate-resilient projects.

    By March 1, 2022
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    Making corporate net-zero rhetoric real in 2022

    Businesses' net-zero commitments are new promises to do good for broader society, going far beyond the company's own operations, the authors write. 

    By Chris Deri and Sasha Mackler • March 1, 2022
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    Urban noise pollution is a top environmental threat: UN report

    Industrial or traffic noise in cities is detrimental to health in ways beyond hearing loss. The UN Environment Programme is urging governments to make positive soundscape considerations part of the urban planning process.

    By Feb. 24, 2022
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    Revisiting California's natural gas hookup subsidies

    California is one of the biggest consumers of natural gas in the U.S., and has been adding new gas customers faster than any other state. These trends are in direct conflict with its ambitious climate goals, the authors write.

    By Clifford Rechtschaffen and Simi Rose George • Feb. 23, 2022
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    Louisville eyes forming public electric utility to meet climate goals

    Its goal of achieving 100% clean energy communitywide by 2040 does not match the decarbonization plans of its current energy provider, leading the city to look for alternatives.

    By Jason Plautz • Feb. 11, 2022
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    States must develop EV infrastructure plans to access $5B in federal funding: DOE, DOT

    Federal officials on Thursday unveiled the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program that will make $615 million available to states in fiscal year 2022. 

    By Robert Walton • Feb. 10, 2022
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    NYC mayor reshapes climate approach to put environmental justice at the fore

    Climate progress requires "driving resilience, decarbonization, and environmental justice into daily city operations," said the city's newly appointed chief climate officer, a C40 Cities and Sidewalk Labs alum.

    By Feb. 3, 2022
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    Smart Cities Dive 2022 Outlook

    In the year ahead, city leaders will continue preparing for the electrification of cars, buses and buildings, while also tackling the complex challenges of crime, growing inequities, labor shortages and extreme weather.

    Feb. 2, 2022
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    Resilience work expands as definition and dollars do, too

    The pandemic made it impossible to ignore how connected social and environmental challenges are in cities, while also illuminating the need for partnership within and among local governments, resilience advisers say.

    By Jan. 31, 2022
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    DC joins growing list of cities requiring new buildings to include EV parking

    A make-ready rule requires 20% of parking to be ready for EV charging in certain new and refurbished buildings. But a parking reform expert said the rules ignore a bigger climate question: Is new parking necessary at all?

    By Jason Plautz • Jan. 27, 2022
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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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    Las Vegas unveils digital twin at CES as part of sustainability push

    The digital model of the city's downtown will help officials set policies and priorities for addressing energy use, emissions, traffic, parking, noise and emergency management.

    By Jason Plautz • Jan. 11, 2022