06/09/2015 Cleantechnica.comWhy Haven’t Cities Covered Their Buildings in Solar?
The city of Beaverton, OR, is getting a new solar array that will offset energy use at an underground reservoir, saving taxpayers $95,000 per year, with no upfront cost. Ventura County, CA, has a 1-megawatt solar array on its jail facility that’s cash-flow positive. Denver, CO, has 14 megawatts of solar, with power sold to the city on contract and no upfront cost.
If cities can cut their energy bills and save energy from day one, what’s standing in the way of a PV pave-over of every public building in America with a suitable roof?
05/11/2015 nextcity.orgNew Gehl Institute Will Bring “People-First Design” to More Cities
The Knight Foundation has announced the launch of the nonprofit Gehl Institute, led by Gehl Architects‘ Jeff Risom. The Institute strives to boost urban livability by increasing public engagement and economic opportunity through the reformation of public space by launching a series of studies investigating the behavioral effects of streets, parks, and plazas on their occupants.
03/31/2015 SustainableCitiesCollectiveEuropean Mayors Band Their Cities Together to Fight Climate Change
In view of the upcoming UN climate talks, COP 21, at the end of the year in Paris, representatives of thirty European cities have pledged to reduce by 40% greenhouse gas by 2030 at a meeting on 26 March 2015 at the Paris City Hall. For Mayor A. Hidalgo, large cities are "at the forefront of the fight against climate change".
03/30/2015 City LabWhere Millennials Are Moving Now
It’s not just the media that’s preoccupied with where millennials are choosing to live. Mayors, economic developers and urban leaders across the country have developed strategies to attract the so-called “young and the restless” to their cities. The urban planner Markus Moos goes as far as to suggest our cities are not only experiencing gentrification, but youthification.