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Funding, Expertise, Utility Cooperation: Three things cities need to reach 100% Renewable Energy

Cities of all sizes around the country are taking control by pledging to reach community-wide goals of 100% renewable energy. However, many of these cities are unsure of how to meet these commitments. Although the renewable energy potential throughout the U.S. is strong, cities are facing other types of challenges that are hindering their ability […]

June 15th

Living with Coronavirus: Parks matter more than ever during a time of sickness – something Frederick Law Olmsted understood in the 19th century

The Coronavirus pandemic has altered humans’ relationship with natural landscapes in ways that may be long-lasting. One of its most direct effects on people’s daily lives is reduced access to public parks. Looking south from New York City’s Central Park. Ajay Suresh/Wikipedia, CC BY By Richard leBrasseur, Dalhousie University The Conversation The COVID-19 pandemic has […]

Coronavirus + climate change means cities need to change for people to live and thrive. But how?

In the 21st century, a seemingly global prosperity masks an unequal distribution of benefits. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the world’s cities, where extreme wealth can exist next door to concentrated poverty. In some cities, like those in South Africa, well-meaning policies and investments in transit and housing have actually deepened the inequality and segregation […]

Global mayors say after the Coronavirus, there’s no return to business as usual – put climate action at center of recovery

Mayors of megacities that are members of C40, a network pledged to addressing climate change, are saying that going back to the old normal in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic is not a suitable approach to recovery. The organization represents more than 750 million people and approved a “statement of principles” committing them to ensuring that their recovery plans are driven by […]

May 9th

Where does YOUR city score in the CDP climate change ranking?

A total of 43 cities — including Barcelona, London, Paris, Cape Town, and Hong Kong — populate a new “A List” ranking cities’ action to cut emissions and set climate strategies published this week by environmental impact non-profit CDP to celebrate the start of EU Green Week. CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) published its new […]

May 14th

Solar DOUBLES in most US cities over last 6 years

According to a new report from the Environment America Research & Policy Center, solar power capacity doubled in most American cities in the last six years. The solar power increase took place in 45 out of the 57 biggest American cities. Some American cities quadrupled their PV solar capacity. If you want to read the Shining Cities […]

May 1st

What do we know about climate change mitigation in cities?

The emission reduction goals of the Paris Agreement demand rapid action at all scales and levels of governance – from individual to international – and cities are no exception. Many urban governments recognise this and are embarking on projects to improve public transport services, mandate efficient buildings, or produce energy from local renewable sources. By Dr William F Lamb […]

April 2nd

Want better EV infrastructure in your city? Here are 23 things you can do…

Below is one portion of our free report Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: Guidelines for Cities. This report was produced by a working group of EV charging and electric vehicle leaders led by CleanTechnica and GreenWay. This portion of the report is simply a rundown of potential EV subsidies and incentives cities can use to stimulate and support electric vehicle […]

March 18th

The 100 US cities U.S. cities committed to 100% renewable energy can be basis of a national plan

With a new, scary study appearing at what seems like once a week, good news on the climate front is always welcome. And in at least one climate-related way, the news in 2018 has been very good. From Abita Springs, Louisiana, population 2,365, to San Diego, California, population 1.3 million, U.S. cities are joining others around the world in pledging to go […]

December 31st

These 100 cities are ready for 100% renewable energy

Three years ago, when the Sierra Club launched its Ready For 100 campaign to encourage cities to commit to 100% renewable energy, we knew that local action would be a key component of speeding the transition from fossil fuels, but we didn’t know just how important it would become. Thanks to the federal government’s forced […]

December 31st

Five cities show what urban transformation looks like

Urbanization is changing the face of the planet—for better and for worse. City populations, GDP and investment are increasing exponentially. At the same time, carbon emissions are rising, more and more people are living in slums, and air pollution is a growing threat. Experts point to the need for urban transformation, yet few people have a concrete sense of how […]

December 31st