Climate & Resilience


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    San Antonio welcomes ‘most automated’ recycling facility in the US

    It will have an education and outreach hub that will offer community tours and workshops. “Our goal is to deliver a recycling campus that is without peer anywhere in the country,” said Balcones Recycling’s president.

    By Megan Quinn • June 20, 2024
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    Electrifying neighborhoods could save California billions on gas line replacements

    Utilities could save around $20 billion in gas pipeline replacement costs by 2045 while only affecting about 3% of current gas customers, says a new analysis prepared for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

    By June 20, 2024
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    Top 5 stories from Smart Cities Dive

    From worsening climate change to a shifting transportation landscape and the housing affordability crisis, cities have their work cut out for them in 2024.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff
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    NY congestion pricing pause already has consequences for infrastructure projects

    The region’s transit agency stopped subway extension work that relied on the plan’s revenue. Meanwhile, a final federal approval of the congestion pricing came through.

    By June 20, 2024
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    Extreme heat driving innovation in municipal heat resilience

    How city leaders are demanding proactive strategies for resilience and energy use.

    June 17, 2024
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    Local opposition to renewable energy projects ‘widespread and growing’: Columbia University report

    The report tracks 395 local restrictions on renewable energy development, with 55 of those emerging in the last year.

    By Diana DiGangi • June 14, 2024
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    Congressional Democrats call for ‘cost-effective’ flood resilience strategies

    Flooding costs the U.S. up to $496 billion a year, says a new analysis by Democrats on the U.S. Joint Economic Committee.

    By June 14, 2024
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    9 climate resilience job training programs to launch with $60M from NOAA

    They will train workers for jobs in conservation, renewable energy, urban agriculture, green infrastructure, emergency preparedness and more, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said.

    By June 12, 2024
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    Transit agency faces $15B funding gap after NYC congestion pricing reversal

    “We’re going to fight like hell to make sure we don’t have to reduce service,” Metropolitan Transportation Authority chair and CEO Janno Lieber said.

    By June 12, 2024
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    9 senators call for EPA funding to address landfill methane

    They want more than $6.7 million to go to states for advanced methane detection technology and $5 million for local governments to develop methane reductions plans at municipally owned landfills. 

    By Jacob Wallace • June 11, 2024
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    Tax on gas-powered large buildings will go to voters in Berkeley, California

    A 2023 court decision that struck down Berkeley’s first-in-the-nation ban on gas hookups in new construction is part of what led to the ballot measure, an organizer said. 

    By June 10, 2024
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    5 states, DC get $45M to finance energy efficiency retrofits

    The revolving loan funds established with the federal awards can unlock millions in private capital for energy efficiency improvements, says the U.S. Department of Energy.

    By Nish Amarnath • June 10, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    The heat is on. Contractors say they’re ready.

    Commercial construction firms aren’t waiting on OSHA’s much-anticipated heat standard to protect their workers.

    By Zachary Phillips • June 7, 2024
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    Vermont sends climate change tab to fossil fuel companies

    Although the governor allowed the bill to become law, he expressed misgivings about the state's ability to hold oil and gas companies financially accountable for climate change damages.

    By Lamar Johnson • June 6, 2024
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    Geothermal system is a US first

    The networked, utility-owned system in the pilot could replace fossil fuel for heating and cooling across entire neighborhoods.

    By June 5, 2024
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    How climate change is hitting highways

    The Federal Highway Administration does not have enough money to continue replacing roads that are not resilient against extreme weather, a federal highway research engineer said.

    By Julie Strupp • June 5, 2024
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    $1.3B available for EV charging network expansion in US

    Government entities nationwide can apply for federal funding to build charging infrastructure in their communities. 

    By Haley Cawthon • June 4, 2024
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    How US summer cooling costs are rising in 2 charts

    The average U.S. electric bill this summer is projected to set a 10-year record, finds a June 3 report from the National Energy Assistance Directors Association and Center for Energy Poverty and Climate.

    By June 4, 2024
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    Code compliance not enough to protect builders from lawsuits amid climate change

    Contractors and engineers must keep up with more frequent, severe extreme weather despite outdated building codes, said legal experts at a recent building innovation conference.

    By Julie Strupp • June 3, 2024
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    NYC’s heat safety plans for 2024: Free ‘cool kits,’ pet-friendly cooling centers

    “We learned a lot from last year,” Mayor Eric Adams said at a May 30 press conference.

    By June 3, 2024
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    EVs will power buildings in Colorado city’s ‘transformative’ pilot

    The pilot will inform how vehicle-to-everything charging technology can be used in areas at high risk of prolonged outages due to natural disaster or emergency events, a utility partner said.

    By Robert Walton • May 31, 2024
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    FTA publishes climate resilience guidebook for transit agencies

    Updated climate data sources and community vulnerability screening tools are among the recommendations in the latest resource from the Federal Transit Administration.

    By May 31, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    Heat safety laws for workers in Texas, Florida, Phoenix to be put to the test

    As summer begins, some states prevent cities from mandating water breaks. Still, there are commonsense practices to protect workers from soaring temperatures, safety officials say.

    By Zachary Phillips • May 28, 2024
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    Brownfield clean-up job training programs can get $14M from EPA

    The federal agency also awarded over $300 million in grants to clean up polluted sites so communities can repurpose them into assets such as affordable housing and green space.

    By May 28, 2024
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    Top cities for certified energy-efficient buildings announced by EPA

    Los Angeles has dominated the rankings for Energy Star-certified buildings year after year. The U.S. EPA has some ideas on why. 

    By May 24, 2024
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    Litter audit data could drive more litigation and policy, experts say

    New York is suing PepsiCo for allegedly “harming the public and the environment with its single-use plastic packaging,” in part based on such data.

    By Maria Rachal • May 23, 2024