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Mega-Cities Acting on Climate Change Improve their Economic Competitiveness, and Introduce More Equality

February 11, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Cities and Climate Change

If large cities want to continue attracting cosmopolitan skilled professionals as well as the companies that employ them, they are going to have to offer an environment that doesn’t actually threaten the health of workers and their children.[read more]

Giant Gleaming Eggs Will Help Solve Urban Water, Energy and Waste Problems

January 3, 2014 by Tina Casey

Giant Eggs Solve Problems

Cities are takers: taking in energy and resources, while dumping out mountains of garbage and oceans of polluted wastewater. But take a look at the gigantic egg-shaped structures that dominate New York City’s Newtown Creek wastewater treatment plant, and you’re looking at a sustainable future.[read more]

Which City Leads in Energy Efficiency?

September 22, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

City Energy Efficiency

Greentech Media is feeling pretty good about itself this week, because its headquarters is located in Boston, the city that earned the highest score in the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s inaugural City Energy Efficiency Scorecard.[read more]

Meeting the Climate Change Challenge: Cities Plan for Worst and Hope for the Best

January 24, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

In many ways meeting the challenge of climate change and sustainable development is often most effective at the municipal level. Cities strike a balance between meeting the diverse needs of its inhabitants with the ability to adopt and adapt to the realities and challenges of global warming, development, infrastructure and energy.[read more]

What Does an EV-Friendly City Look Like?

March 5, 2012 by Nino Marchetti
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What does it take to make a community friendly to electric vehicles (EV)? The Electric Drive Transportation Association has a pretty good idea, and is currently highlighting communities across the country that are employing effective strategies to encourage EV adoption.[read more]

Smart Grids Will Revolutionize Cities

September 6, 2011 by Warren Karlenzig
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The internet, distributed renewable energy, electric vehicles and energy management are ready to coalesce: the impact on cities and our lives will be profound. The US-China Green Energy Conference (sponsored by the US-China Green Energy Council) held Friday in the Silicon Valley took a deep bi-national dive into what smart grids...[read more]

90F Average- Coming To A Summer Near You

June 8, 2011 by Marc Gunther
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When the Lovin’ Spoonful released Summer in the City in 1966, they weren’t thinking about climate change. But, it turns out, city dwellers can expect a lot more hot days than country folk, climate models tell us. As the Spoonful put it: Hot town, summer in the city Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty Been down, isn’t it a pity Doesn...[read more]

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Interview: Siemens CTO on Building Energy-Efficient Cities

April 6, 2011 by Helmuth Ziegler
Siemens Energy CTO Dr. Michael Weinhold

At Hanover Fair I met Dr. Michael Weinhold, chief technology officer of Siemens Energy. Here are his thoughts on how to make cities more energy-efficient.[read more]

Cities, Climate Change and the Global Water Crisis | Audio

March 30, 2011 by Scott Edward Anderson

Last week for World Water Day (March 22nd, 2011), I participated in an exclusive webinar about how global cities are dealing with the challenge of managing their most essential resource. Listen to the audio at Sustainable Cities Collective (length 01:01:06)    or download here   Panelists included Dr. Paul Bowen...[read more]

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WEBINAR *NOW* - eMobility Challenge: Electric Cars and How to Keep Them Charged- Still Time to Join

March 19, 2011 by Richard McGill Murphy
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TODAY at 1pm, my Fortune magazine colleague Marc Gunther will host an Energy Collective webinar on the eMobility Challenge: Electric Cars and How to Keep Them Charged. Marc's expert guests will tackle the challenge and opportunity of widespread EV adoption, focussing on the various charging network options and their impact...[read more]

Local Actions on climate change: France in Focus

November 22, 2010 by Climatico Analysis

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been lauded in the past years as one of the driving forces behind the EU’s increasing goals to combat climate change.  He has also championed talks to try to align former French colonies in Africa in the climate change mitigation and adaptation debate.  Yet, the real changes to how “...[read more]

Doc alert: World Bank - Asian coastal megacities and climate change

October 27, 2010 by Lou Grinzo

Climate Risks and Adaptation in Asian Coastal Megacities: Key Findings Frequency of extreme events likely to increase. All three coastal megacities[1] are likely to witness increases in temperature and precipitation linked with climate change and variability. Increase in flood-prone area due to climate change in all three cities. In all...[read more]

Cities – The Living Laboratories for Smart Grid Infrastructure

September 19, 2010 by Christine Hertzog

It seems like most of the discussion about changes that Smart Grid technologies will introduce focus on changes to utilities and to consumers.  Let’s not forget cities and towns.  It’s becoming very apparent that many technologies that improve the electrical grid can also improve other networks – whether these are water, gas,...[read more]

Climate action goes local - Cities confront the global challenge, embrace clean energy

September 15, 2010 by Joseph Romm

While national and international action will ultimately be needed to avert catastrophic climate change, serious action on both fronts is not imminent.  In the meantime, local action will be crucial for identifying and testing best practices.  Michael Coren has a good update at the Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media on...[read more]

Taxpayers, ratepayers, city government, municipal utilities

September 12, 2010 by Michael Giberson

Cities have taxpayers and monopoly utility companies have ratepayers. When the city owns the utility, the taxpayers are – more or less – the same group of people as the ratepayers. In this case, does it matter which group pays how much for what? Should, for example, the municipal utility buy vehicles for other city departments? Should...[read more]