Posts tagged with 'public policy'
4 Quick and Sustainable Solutions to High Gas Prices in the US
4 Quick and Sustainable Solutions to High Gas Prices in the US
President Biden suggested that the United States implement a Federal Gas Tax holiday to help consumers weather historically high gas prices. Gas prices doubled in the United States between February 2021 and June 2022, topping out at more than $5 ...
Electric School Buses Win Big in US State Legislative Sessions
Electric School Buses Win Big in US State Legislative Sessions
Electric school buses are experiencing rapid growth in the United States, with a nearly 10-fold increase in commitments by school districts and fleet operators in the past year. Thirty-eight states have now committed to procure more than 12,000 electric school buses.   In ...
Curitiba Is Evolving But Remains a Model for Urban Sustainability
Curitiba Is Evolving But Remains a Model for Urban Sustainability
I recently had the pleasure of re-visiting Curitiba, Brazil, thanks to an invitation from the Smart Cities Expo. I made my first pilgrimage in 2000, when Bogotá was implementing its bus rapid transit system, Transmilenio, and returned twice after that. ...
The Top Urban Stories From a Year of Pandemic
The Top Urban Stories From a Year of Pandemic
As 2021 closes, most cities around the world continue to grapple with the uncertainty of a pandemic now in its second year. Amid dips and rises in cases, the emergence of new variants, and the ongoing challenge of vaccinating the ...
Accelerating Climate Policy Is Simply Good Public Policy
Accelerating Climate Policy Is Simply Good Public Policy
As countries are raising their ambitions in advance of COP26 in Glasgow, more and more attention is turning to the role cities can play in addressing climate change. For urban residents, this is not an academic discussion. As the planet ...
Better Parking Management Can Help Cities Recover from COVID and Achieve Public Policy Goals
Better Parking Management Can Help Cities Recover from COVID and Achieve Public Policy Goals
In some ways, cities are like households: they must make adjustments in spending based on cash flow. If your income is cut in half, then you may have to dramatically rethink your standard of living. COVID-19 has hit many households ...
New Mobility Is Coming to a City Near You – Will It Be Sustainable?
New Mobility Is Coming to a City Near You – Will It Be Sustainable?
More than 300 new bike-share services were launched worldwide last year. Ride-hailing services such as Uber and Didi Chuxing together provide more than 45 million rides a day. Electric scooters are accounting for more short trips in the places where they’re available and drones and autonomous ...
How Santiago de Chile Became a Global Leader on Electric Buses
How Santiago de Chile Became a Global Leader on Electric Buses
The electrification of transport has taken off around the globe. Cities and transit agencies are experimenting with the latest trends and innovations, spanning the gamut from cars to buses, scooters and bikes. We have seen China lead on electric vehicles ...
Three Paths, Three Continents: How Shenzhen, Buenos Aires and Kiev Are Lowering Energy Consumption in Their Buildings
Three Paths, Three Continents: How Shenzhen, Buenos Aires and Kiev Are Lowering Energy Consumption in Their Buildings
Shenzhen, Buenos Aires and Kiev’s experiences pursuing energy efficiency demonstrate that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to achieving better buildings. Each found a unique path to improve energy efficiency for a more sustainable and prosperous city. Shenzhen Goes Above and ...
In China and Beyond, Action Plans Provide a Path for Improving Building Efficiency
In China and Beyond, Action Plans Provide a Path for Improving Building Efficiency
On February 23 the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched the Energy Efficiency in Buildings laboratory (EEB Lab) in Shanghai. In a city where 18.4 percent of emissions come from buildings, the EEB Lab is engaging local stakeholders ...
Targeting Customers’ Needs to Improve Building Efficiency in Milwaukee
Targeting Customers’ Needs to Improve Building Efficiency in Milwaukee
For some building owners, renovations—including retrofitting heating, cooling, and lighting systems—can be a way to attract tenants. For homeowners, improving insulation can make for more comfortable as well as energy efficient homes. For industry, more efficient equipment means expanding production ...
Buildings and National Climate Commitments: What You Need to Know Before the Global Climate Change Conference (COP21)
Buildings and National Climate Commitments: What You Need to Know Before the Global Climate Change Conference (COP21)
TheCityFix is covering cities at COP21. Urban areas account for a large share of greenhouse gas emissions but are also tremendous agents of innovation to address climate change. Read our full coverage of the Paris Climate Conference as it relates to cities, buildings, and mobility. In anticipation ...
Setting the Goal Posts for Energy Use: How Energy Efficiency Targets Trigger Action
Setting the Goal Posts for Energy Use: How Energy Efficiency Targets Trigger Action
The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score — Bill Copeland. Goals help provide our everyday lives with structure, and operate similarly at the institutional ...
To Achieve its New Climate Goals, China Must Look to its Buildings
To Achieve its New Climate Goals, China Must Look to its Buildings
China made international news earlier this summer when it announced a new pledge to peak its emissions by 2030, in addition to other climate commitments. The country laid out 15 specific actions as part of its “intended nationally determined contribution” ...
Accelerating Building Efficiency Improvements in Latin America
Accelerating Building Efficiency Improvements in Latin America
Energy efficiency improvements in the building sector can yield significant financial and environmental benefits including reduced energy costs, decreased greenhouse gas emissions, improved occupant health and increased local employment.  However, long standing market and policy barriers stand in the way ...
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