"Local governments are the "first responders" to social, environmental and economic disruptions resulting from natural disasters and must anticipate, prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change while minimizing greenhouse gas emissions. The Center for Clean Air Policy’s Urban Leaders Initiative has documented U.S. cities’ preparations for climate change, including New York, Miami, Chicago and Seattle. CCAP’s California Director, Ann Chan, will talk about best practices and the national dialogue on climate adaptation."
Last fall, national environmental advocates sat down with officials from U.S. DOT to talk about how federal transportation policy can address climate change. There is wild variation between state transportation departments when it comes to green transportation policy. Some of the more sophisticated agencies, like California’s and Oregon’s, are starting to factor greenhouse gas emissions into their transportation plans. Most […]
How are cities preparing to deal with climate change? How is light rail working out for Santa Clara County? What does a bicycle ballet look like? These question and more answered in this week’s events. Here are the highlights. Tuesday: SPUR Lunchtime Forum: How U.S. cities are preparing for climate change. The Center for Clean […]
Media Coverage of Better Market Street Trial Generally Positive (SF Gate, ABC7, Merc) European Bicycle Planners Tour the Bay Area; Give Talk at SFMTA (SF Appeal, NBC11, KCBS) U.S. DOT Distracted Driving Summit Starts Today: Follow It Here (Fast Lane via Streetsblog.net) Governor Schwarzenegger to Host "Global Climate Summit"; Sponsors Include Chevron (Sac Bee) Climate […]
Long before Congress started to take the threat of climate change seriously, American mayors were already recognizing the need to decrease fossil-fuel consumption, promote efficiency, and generally create more livable places. Scott Smith of Mesa, AZ, the 1000th U.S. mayor to endorse emissions-reduction targets. (Photo: East Valley Trib) Scott Smith, the mayor of Mesa, Arizona, […]
Alex Steffen goes by the title “planetary futurist,” which makes me realize I should probably spruce up my title to something that makes me sound like I should be wearing a cape, too. What he does is write about sustainable cities, on WorldChanging.com for seven years and more recently in his book, Carbon Zero. He […]
This week we’re talking about water in cities. It’s a topic that doesn’t get much attention because the infrastructure is mostly underground, but after putting this together I believe thinking about water infrastructure and climate change is more important than ever. Wastewater and storm water treatment is far behind where it should be in many […]