Real estate worth $35B could be underwater in 2050

Read the full story at Climatewire.

A new analysis finds that local governments in coastal states will lose billions of dollars in local tax revenue as rising seas claim developed land.

How local governments and communities are taking action to get fossil fuels out of buildings

Read the full story from the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Across the United States, 80 cities and counties have adopted policies that require or encourage the move off fossil fuels to all-electric homes and buildings. As of August 2022, nearly 28 million people across 11 states live in a jurisdiction where local policies favor fossil fuel-free, healthy buildings. And the momentum behind these policies keeps building — dozens more local governments have strong commitments to decarbonize their buildings stock, which will soon become formal policy.

City-university partnerships are a win-win. Here’s how they can best work together to fight climate change and adopt new tech.

Read the full story at Business Insider.

When cities work together with local universities, they can achieve more than they could alone. Colleges have knowledge, expertise, and research capabilities to tackle issues like climate change. They also sometimes bring funding to the table, which can help when city budgets are stretched thin.

This article is part of a series focused on American cities building a better tomorrow called “Advancing Cities.”

Support for housing efficiency upgrades, urban parks, drought resilience poised to become law

Read the full story at Smart Cities Dive.

With the House sending the Inflation Reduction Act to the president’s desk, some climate leaders say the onus will shift to local governments to execute on key initiatives.

Which cities are most affected by climate change?

Read the full story at City Monitor.

Some cities are more affected by climate change than others. From Jakarta to Miami, these are the cities that feel its effect more.

Wisconsin city’s solar project reduces emissions

Read the full story at Environment + Energy Leader.

The City of Wauwatosa first set significant emissions reduction and sustainability goals more than a decade ago and last year installed a solar energy system on the roof of its city hall complex, which is already seeing significant results.

The solar array was completed during the spring of 2021 and has generated 458-megawatt hours of renewable energy for the city, more than half of the site’s total energy usage over that time. It also has reduced carbon emissions by 358 tons.

The renewable energy project covers Wauwatosa’s one-acre city hall complex, which includes its civic center and public library. The 1,036-panel solar array was installed by Wisconsin’s Arch Solar C&I with a 389-kilowatt platform from SolarEdge.

Quitting oil income is hard, even for states that want climate action

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Dozens of state and local budgets depend heavily on tax revenue from oil, gas and coal to fund schools, hospitals and more. Replacing that money is turning out to be a major challenge in the fight against climate change.

As federal climate-fighting tools are taken away, cities and states step up

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Across the country, local governments are accelerating their efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, in some cases bridging partisan divides. Their role will become increasingly important.

ISTC Technical Assistance Program seeks project partner for USDA composting and food waste reduction grant

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (OUAIP) recently released a funding opportunity announcement for their Composting and Food Waste Reduction (CFWR) cooperative agreements. Applications are due by September 1, 2022.

This program provides financial assistance to municipalities, school districts, counties, local governments, or tribal governments (State-designated Indian Tribes, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments) for composting and food waste reduction pilot programs. While applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that meet more than one of the objectives below (inclusion of multiple objectives will be considered when ranking proposals), OUAIP will accept proposals that address at least one of the following:

  • Generate compost
  • Increase access to compost for agricultural producers
  • Reduce reliance on, and limit the use of, fertilizer
  • Improve soil quality
  • Encourage waste management and permaculture business development
  • Increase rainwater absorption
  • Reduce municipal food waste; and
  • Divert residential and commercial food waste from landfills.

In addition to meeting one or more of the above purposes applicants are encouraged to align their project proposals to address priorities on environmental justice, racial equity, climate, investment in disadvantaged communities, and climate smart agricultural practices. Priority will be given for each of the following elements that are included in a project:

  • Anticipate or demonstrate economic benefits for the targeted community;
  • Incorporate plans to make compost easily accessible to agricultural producers, including community gardeners, school gardens, and producers;
  • Integrate food waste reduction strategies, including innovative food recovery efforts such as, but not limited to, food gleaning, storage, and preservation techniques; and
  • Include a robust plan that describes collaboration with multiple partners.

Eligible entities should collaborate with two or more partner organizations on their CFWR pilot project. Non-eligible entities may be partners on a project.

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) seeks an eligible organization to be the lead applicant on a collaborative proposal. ISTC’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP) staff will provide support on the cooperative agreement through zero waste technical assistance, education, and outreach. Contact TAP to learn more about this partnership opportunity.

The 25 happiest U.S. city park systems, ranked by scientists

Photo by Harry Gillen on Unsplash

Read the full story from the University of Vermont.

Feeling unhappy? Go find a city park—the bigger the better—and try taking a walk outdoors. 

That’s the upshot of a major new study that measures the happiness effects of city parks in the 25 largest U.S. cities, from New York City and Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.