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Mayors Call for Bold Climate Investments

Expert BlogUnited StatesKimi Narita

Over 140 mayors from across the nation have signed onto a letter urging Congress to prioritize climate investments in any infrastructure package and center the needs of cities and communities in the process.

PA Bill Would Block Local Efforts to Clean Up Buildings

Expert BlogPennsylvaniaMark Szybist

After an extra dark, long, COVID winter, the trees are finally in bloom and the birds are singing. Unfortunately, it’s also the season when bills that would stifle Pennsylvania’s transition to a brighter clean energy future are popping up in…

I’m Asian, I’m Angry, and I Count

Expert BlogUnited StatesKimi Narita
As the violence against Asians continues to rise across America, it is crucial that our community be seen and heard—including in the environmental space.

Gas Interests Threaten Local Authority

Expert BlogAlejandra Mejia Cunningham, Kimi Narita
Efforts to strip local communities of decision-making authority over the health impacts and cost of their future homes and buildings have been introduced in several state legislatures. If adopted, these bills could hamstring local government’s ability to lead in the…

Cities Are Leading the Way: 2020 Wins & Look Ahead

Expert BlogUnited States, Charlotte, Honolulu, Pittsburgh, St. LouisJay Orfield, Kimi Narita
Cities made tremendous progress in their climate challenge goals throughout a difficult 2020. Now, cities are eyeing all that is possible in the new year.

Smaller Cities Like St. Louis Lead on Energy Efficiency

Expert BlogStefan Schaffer, Maria Stamas
St. Louis passed its highly ambitious Building Energy Performance Standard (BEPS) ordinance, making it the fourth jurisdiction in the United States and first in the Midwest to do so. Mayor Lyda Krewson is expected to officially sign the ordinance into…

Columbus Takes Bold Steps to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Expert BlogStefan Schaffer
The City of Columbus, Ohio could soon ask its building owners to track and report how much energy and water is used at their properties as part of a new benchmarking and transparency ordinance. If city council passes the policy…

AZ Helps Fossil Industry Limit Local Clean Energy Leadership

Expert BlogAlejandra Mejia Cunningham
Arizona’s state government just moved to severely limit local communities’ ability to support buildings powered entirely by affordable clean electricity for decades to come. This attack on local leadership is the latest attempt to keep Americans locked into polluting fuels…

City of Chicago Releases E-Scooter Pilot Evaluation

Expert BlogStefan Schaffer
E-scooters—and their critics—have taken cities by storm, and Chicago has been no exception. For four months in 2019, the City of Chicago allowed 10 companies to operate 2,500 scooters around town. The goal? Observe the benefits and pitfalls of scooters…

More Proof of the Amazing Impact of Energy Efficiency

Expert BlogLara Ettenson
Energy efficiency – the quickest way to cut energy waste in our homes, workplaces, and vehicles – spans so many facets of daily life that it's easy to take it for granted. In fact, a new sweeping, data-driven report (Energy…

Chicago to Tackle Congestion and Transportation Inequity

Expert BlogStefan Schaffer
Mayor Lightfoot recently introduced one of the country’s most ambitious and equitably structured proposals to price ride-hailing trips, underscoring the city’s commitment to reducing congestion and investing in high-quality transit service for residents all across Chicago.