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Pushing for scalability, utilities look to new hybrid models for microgrid deployment

February 27, 2017 by Utility Dive

Microgrids are a hot topic in the power sector, but for years utilities have struggled to devise business models that allow deployment at a larger scale.[read more]

We Can’t Ignore the Health Impacts of Climate Change (Part 2)

February 27, 2017 by The Dirt ASLA

Gore and leading scientists discussed key areas where climate change is expected to cause major human health impacts (due to time constraints, they left out discussing animal and plant health).[read more]

We Can’t Ignore the Health Impacts of Climate Change (Part 1)

February 24, 2017 by The Dirt ASLA

Aedes aegypti mosquito, a carrier of the Zika virus / James Gathany / CDCThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) organized a three-day conference on climate and health. As the Trump administration took power, the conference was abruptly canceled. So former Vice President Al Gore and his Climate Reality Project, former...[read more]

Using Urban Diaries in Times of City Change

February 22, 2017 by Chuck Wolfe

Almost 50 years ago, thanks to Kevin Lynch, Jane Jacobs and many others, the Parisian flâneur tradition of “looking around” cities became a central aspect of academic inquiry about, and activist response to, urban change.In the changing city of today, during these divisive political times, I am often asked how this...[read more]

Feds delay $650M grant for CA rail electrification project

February 21, 2017 by Construction Dive

California commuter rail agency Caltrain will have to wait a little bit longer to find out if the Federal Transit Administration will come through with a $647 million grant to help it electrify a San Francisco Bay Area train system[read more]

Two New Tools for Planning a Healthy Urban Canopy

February 21, 2017 by Leda Marritz

Trees are a vital part of urban communities, providing social, environmental, and economic benefits. However, the urban environment is a difficult one for most trees due to the added stresses of soil compaction and lack of available soil, among many other challenges. Once established, their success is often further complicated by...[read more]

NY-NJ Port Authority approves $32B infrastructure spending plan

February 17, 2017 by Construction Dive

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved a $32.2 billion capital plan Thursday that will fund projects in both states for the next 10 years.[read more]

How Much Energy Did Super Bowl LI Use? The Answer May Surprise You

February 17, 2017 by Brooke Nally

Everything’s bigger in Texas. So given that the Super Bowl is already one of the biggest nights in sports, this year’s Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, is sure to be one to remember for football fans across the nation. And while the Super Bowl event does use up a lot of energy with its enormous stadium, electrifying...[read more]

Good Design Is Sustainable

February 15, 2017 by The Dirt ASLA

Good landscape design is intrinsically sustainable. While a certain level of ecological sustainability may be achieved by adhering to a checklist of environmental best practices, long-term sustainability is achieved by engaging broader cultural, economic, and socio-economic goals. It’s now widely recognized that city dwellers tend to live a less wasteful and more energy-efficient lifestyle than those who live in the suburbs or rural areas.[read more]

San Francisco aims to boost alternative transportation with new development regulations

February 14, 2017 by Construction Dive

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has approved a points-based measure that will require developers who want to include free parking with their projects to also provide features that will promote alternative transportation methods, such as bikes, car-sharing and shuttles to buses[read more]

5 Things to Consider Before Installing Solar Panels

February 10, 2017 by Brooke Nally

 Saving money on your utility bill, reducing your carbon footprint, and improving your home’s value—the advantages of going solar are appealing for most homeowners. While most people can benefit from installing solar panels, some roof styles, home locations, and other factors impact how much energy you can generate and how...[read more]

Climate Action on the City Level: How Do Boston and L.A. Compare?

February 8, 2017 by The Global Grid

The new White House has left only three mentions of “climate” on its website, including two that have nothing to do with climate change and one that calls President Obama’s Climate Action Plan an “unnecessary” policy (more on the website turnover). What is not unnecessary is preparing ourselves for severe storms, cleaning up pollution,...[read more]