These Cities Are Replacing The Worst Kind Of Infrastructure With The Best

Read the full story in Fast Company.

In car-dependent Dallas, parking lots are ubiquitous downtown. But one lot will soon be de-paved and turned into a park. Nearby, another parking lot is turning into a temporary urban farm before it also becomes a park. Something similar is happening across the U.S. as cities begin to realize that a slab of asphalt for storing cars isn’t the best use of valuable urban space.

More people, more trash? Rethinking waste from New York to Beijing

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

It would be difficult to find a more fundamental urban environmental issue than solid waste disposal. It is clear that effective waste management is essential to the development of sustainable cities. Many cities around the world are implementing innovative measures to deal with waste and are increasingly incorporating waste management into sustainability plans.

Cities Boost Efforts to Reduce Energy Waste: Here’s How They Rank

Read the full post from ACEEE.

As the federal government weighs budget cuts to energy efficiency programs, cities are stepping up efforts to reduce energy waste. More mayors and local lawmakers in America’s largest cities are turning to energy efficiency to reduce energy costs for consumers and businesses, strengthen the resilience of their communities, and reduce pollution, according to the third edition of the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

Climate Adaptation Gap Assessment

Model Forest Policy Program has launched a new 5-Step Climate Adaptation Gap Assessment. It is designed to help communities achieve the following:

  • Identify community strengths and assets for climate resilience opportunities.
  • Identify areas of greatest need, and gaps in knowledge and capacity.
  • Create focused guidance for a climate resilience agenda for your community.
  • Obtain recommendations for climate adaptation actions (planning &/or implementation).

Fracking Presents Big Problems That Towns Have Little Authority to Fix

Read the full story in Governing.

Hydraulic fracturing generates a lot of low-cost energy, but as has been widely reported, it carries with it troubling liabilities. Most of those involve an environmental price paid by the areas where the drilling takes place and oil or natural gas is transported. Localities have limited ability to do anything about them.

A Data-Driven Way to Build Resilience in Cities

Read the full story in FutureStructure.

The City Resilience Index breaks “resilience” down into recognizable parts — and gives local leaders a way to assess where their city stands.

City of Raleigh to Collect Used Cooking Oil and Grease Beginning Tuesday

Read the full story from the City of Raleigh.

Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1, Raleigh residents and places of worship will be able to dispose of used cooking oil by placing it on the curb. The goal of the program is to protect the environment by keeping cooking grease out of the City’s sewer system and preventing sewer overflows. The collected grease will be converted to biofuels, a renewable source of energy used to power vehicles, heat homes and cook food…

The program will serve only residents and places of worship in Raleigh. The grease collection ends on Jan. 15.