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2019-01-31Governor Establishes First Statewide Goal to Reduce Carbon Pollution in Pennsylvania
Governor Tom Wolf announced that he has signed a new executive order establishing the first statewide goal to reduce carbon pollution in Pennsylvania, which is contributing to climate change. The executive order also establishes the GreenGov Council to boost green and sustainable practices in state government to help achieve the goals set in the executive order, while saving taxpayers money and creating jobs in the state’s clean energy economy. "In the absence of leadership from the federal government, states and cities are stepping up and doing their part to reduce emissions," said Governor Wolf. "Today I am proud to declare the commonwealth’s intention to address climate change, the most critical environmental threat facing the world." [ full text ]

2019-01-31First Commercial Near-Zero Trucks Deployed at Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles
Clean Energy Fuels Corp., announced it will supply Redeem renewable natural gas to intermodal trucking company Overseas Freight as part of an emissions reduction initiative in the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. In preparation for upcoming regulations outlined in the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, Overseas Freight obtained Prop 1B funding for five Kenworth T-680 trucks outfitted with the new Cummins-Westport near-zero ISX12N natural gas engine, which achieves the lowest emission levels in North America while delivering diesel caliber performance with reliability and durability. The ISX12N is certified by California Air Resources Board to reduce smog-forming NOx emissions by 90 percent compared to the current engine standard. [ full text ]

2019-01-31Toyota and Kenworth Collaborate to Develop Zero Emission Trucks
Kenworth Truck Company and Toyota Motor North America are collaborating to develop 10 zero-emission Kenworth T680s powered by Toyota hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrains. This collaboration is part of a $41 million Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities grant preliminarily awarded by the California Air Resources Board, with the Port of Los Angeles as the prime applicant. The grant monies are part of a larger $82 million program that will put fuel cell electric tractors, hydrogen fueling infrastructure, and zero emissions cargo handling equipment into operation in the ports and Los Angeles basin in 2020. The Kenworth T680s will transport cargo across the Los Angeles basin and to inland cities, such as Ontario and San Bernardino, while generating zero emissions, other than water vapor, thanks to their fully electric hydrogen fuel cell powertrain integrations co-developed by Kenworth and Toyota. [ full text ]

2019-01-31The Key to Resilient Housing Lies in the Fine Print
From Canada to Kenya, nearly every country struggles to provide housing for all its residents. It’s a goal that has become a moving target: Migration – both rural-to-urban and cross-border – is placing mounting pressure on cities to house their newcomers. Three million people move to urban areas every week, and by 2030, three billion more people will need quality housing. The growing risks of climate change demand housing strategies that focus not only on affordability, but also on resilience. [ full text ]

2019-01-31Taking Stock: Knowledge Sharing as a Driver for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
Another year has passed, and we are only 11 years away from the goalpost of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Agenda 2030). It is high time to reflect a bit on where we are today on knowledge sharing for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the past few years, knowledge sharing has moved to the center of global development as a third pillar complementing financial and technical assistance. Agenda 2030 calls for enhancing “knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms,” while the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development encourages knowledge sharing in sectors contributing to the achievement of the SDGs. For cities, this means that knowledge sharing can be a critical catalyst for achieving SDG11 to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.” [ full text ]

2019-01-31StreetLight Data Releases Tool to Measure Bike, Pedestrian Traffic
As cities continue to invest in active transportation, it’s still a challenge to know just how many bikers and pedestrians are using streets. Departments have resorted to brute force methods like hand counting, or with more low-tech sensors like beams or sensing strips on streets. The result is a lack of high-quality data on just how many people are using active transportation, when peak times are and where non-vehicle traffic is going. A better census could help direct new investments (increasing bike infrastructure at a particularly busy intersection, for example) and is likely to help with safety. And as cities try to build out bike-share networks, an idea of where people are riding can help ensure that new equipment is used and is targeted to the right neighborhoods. In a statement, Schewel said she hoped that by better measuring all forms of mobility, "we can manage towards a future where these modes of travel are more prevalent." [ full text ]

2019-01-31Fewer Americans Bike to Work Despite New Trails, Lanes and Bicycle Share Programs
On Thursdays, Charles Dandino becomes the conductor of an unusual kind of train. He leads what he calls a "bike train," a group of cycling co-workers who band together for their 6-mile ride to work in the name of safety, as well as for fun and exercise. Around the country, city transportation officials wish there were more bicyclists like Dandino as they seek to cut traffic congestion, promote health and identify alternatives to cars. After rising for several years, the percentage of commuters turning to bikes declined for the third year straight, U.S. Census Bureau figures show. [ full text ]

2019-01-313 Promising New Technologies Could Help Send Stormwater to Taps in Thirsty Cities
In March, residents of Cape Town, South Africa stood in line for hours to buy drinking water at supermarkets or pump it from springs amid severe water shortages. Cape Town isn’t alone: One in four big cities worldwide already has overstretched its water resources, and climate change may increase the likelihood of prolonged dry spells in some regions. Facing a future of increasingly erratic rains, water-stressed cities are looking for solutions. One alluring possibility? The capture and reuse of stormwater. But the water infrastructure of most cities was built with a single problem in mind: flood prevention. In Los Angeles, for instance, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers developed a massive network of concrete channels to divert stormwater to the ocean after a massive flood in 1938 killed more than 100 people. [ full text ]

2019-01-31Can Loyalty Programs Reverse Declining Public Transit Ridership?
Ridership on public transit is on the decline throughout the country. Reliability of transit, good service coverage, and vehicle maintenance are all important elements in maintaining ridership. An analysis by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) found that, overall, reduced loyalty toward transit was in part because its use is no longer as cost-effective for consumers as it once was. Other reasons include the availability and convenience of services and the perceived efficiency of using public transportation versus driving. [ full text ]