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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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    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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    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
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    North Carolina sets goal to sell 50% zero-emission vehicles by 2030

    An executive order released Friday by Gov. Roy Cooper expands the state's climate ambitions with new goals for zero-emission transportation and workforce equity.

    By Emma Penrod • Jan. 11, 2022
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    Electric, autonomous delivery vehicle boom expected on city streets as inventories and orders grow

    With Amazon, FedEx and Walmart among those placing major orders for electric delivery vehicles, thousands will appear on the road in coming years, executives announced at CES.

    By Jan. 7, 2022
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    The road ahead: How legacy auto brands will level the EV playing field in 2022

    After setting the stage at CES with lofty product announcements, carmakers will focus on value, range and brand heritage to close the gap with disrupters like Tesla.

    By Peter Adams • Jan. 5, 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
  • How the pandemic has shaped driver and pedestrian behavior

    The past year has seen drastic changes to driver behavior and commuting patterns, ushering in an era of high traffic and pedestrian deaths.

    Dec. 22, 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 , Jason Plautz , 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 Jason Plautz • Nov. 29, 2021