Posts tagged with 'environment'
2011 Sustainable Transport Award Winner: Guangzhou, China
2011 Sustainable Transport Award Winner: Guangzhou, China
Originally posted on EMBARQ.org. The city of Guangzhou, China today won the 2011 Sustainable Transport Award for its new world-class bus rapid transit (BRT) system that integrates with bike lanes, bike share and metro stations. The annual award created by ...
Friday Fun: Color-Changing Shirts Detect Carbon Monoxide
Friday Fun: Color-Changing Shirts Detect Carbon Monoxide
A pair of graduate students at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Sue Ngo and Niem Lam, have created a shirt that changes color when exposed to carbon monoxide.
Crowdsourcing Energy in Public Spaces
Crowdsourcing Energy in Public Spaces
The body heat of about 250,000 commuters in Stockholm’s Central Station is now being used to warm a building across the street. Engineers and designers in Sweden have figured out a way to harness the excess heat energy from the ...
D.C. Area Boasts Residential Electric Car Charging Station
D.C. Area Boasts Residential Electric Car Charging Station
A new development, owned by Equity Residential, in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. will now have an electric car charging station in its garage.  Launched in conjunction with Car Charging Inc. the location appears to be “the first such charging ...
Using Instant Feedback for "Eco-Driving"
Using Instant Feedback for "Eco-Driving"
Researchers at the University of California are developing a study on how drivers change their behavior when they have access to instantaneous information on the efficiency of their driving. The first-of-its-kind study, led by UC Berkeley, UC Riverside and UC ...
Obesity Poses a Heavy Problem for Developing Cities
Obesity Poses a Heavy Problem for Developing Cities
About half of the world now lives in cities, and this figure is expected to grow to 70 percent by 2050, with most urban growth projected to occur in developing countries. As people move to cities at this unprecedented pace ...
Friday Fun: The Transportation Resolution
Friday Fun: The Transportation Resolution
What are your transportation resolutions for the New Year? If you don’t have one, here are some ideas that have been circulating online for the past couple of weeks. Drive Less California newspaper MercuryNews of Silicon Valley suggests “have a car-free ...
Adapting to Climate Change: Is Our Transport Infrastructure Robust Enough?
Adapting to Climate Change: Is Our Transport Infrastructure Robust Enough?
In the wake of  the Cancun climate negotiations, we thought it would be interesting to examine some of the likely impacts of climate change on transportation infrastructure. “Rising sea levels, greater weather variability, and more extreme weather events like hurricanes, permafrost thawing, ...
Hybrid Buses on the Road in Guadalajara
Hybrid Buses on the Road in Guadalajara
Employing hybrid technologies in public transportation allows cities to run more buses with fewer greenhouse gas emissions, while also helping to reduce total vehicle kilometers traveled, congestion, and road injuries and fatalities. Earlier this month in Guadalajara—Mexico’s second largest city—industrial manufacturer ...
New Report: U.S. States Failing at Reducing Transportation Emissions
New Report: U.S. States Failing at Reducing Transportation Emissions
The Natural Resources Defense Council and Smart Growth America released a report, “Getting Back on Track: Aligning State Transportation Policy with Climate Change Goals,” analyzing state-level policies to curb carbon emissions in the transportation sector.  With the absence of a ...
Transport After Cancun: Now What?
Transport After Cancun: Now What?
Originally posted on EMBARQ.org. The Cancun Agreements have been widely praised as a step forward for international negotiations on climate change. Progress was in some ways modest, delaying the biggest questions for the future, like the future of Kyoto Protocol commitments ...
The Future of Sustainable Urban Mobility: Integrate, Integrate, Integrate
The Future of Sustainable Urban Mobility: Integrate, Integrate, Integrate
This post is part of a series analyzing the solutions highlighted in the report and toolkit, “Megacities on the Move.” The report, written by London-based Forum for the Future in partnership with FIA Foundation, Vodafone, and EMBARQ, offers six sustainable ...
EPA Smart Growth Awards Live Blogging, Part 1: EPA's Approach and the 2010 Winners
EPA Smart Growth Awards Live Blogging, Part 1: EPA's Approach and the 2010 Winners
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) annually sponsors the National Smart Growth Achievement Awards as part of its Partnership for Sustainable Communities with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).  The smart ...
COP 16 in Cancun: Recommendations on Mitigating Transport Emissions in Developing Countries
COP 16 in Cancun: Recommendations on Mitigating Transport Emissions in Developing Countries
The following is a message from Cornie Huizenga, joint convener of the Partnership for Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), which includes EMBARQ (the producer of this blog.) Both SLoCaT and the Bridging the Gap initiative prepared draft recommendations for reducing greenhouse ...
Studies Show the Connection Between Travel Times to Food Stores and Public Health
Studies Show the Connection Between Travel Times to Food Stores and Public Health
Generally, in the United States larger grocery store chains supply a variety of fresh food at lower costs, while independent grocers, bodegas and smaller stores have less selection and higher operating costs and prices.  Such stores tend to have a ...
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