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Judge Declares Federal Emissions Rule ‘Arbitrary and Capricious’

Another judge already vacated the rule nationwide before the latest case was decided.

April 8, 2024 - Reuters

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Texas Court Vacates Federal Emissions Rule

The decision vacates a USDOT rule that would have required states to establish emission reduction plans.

March 31, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

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Power Demand is Surging in US

The U.S. has entered a new power paradigm according to a new energy analysis that warns of unprecedented new demands for power, largely from “new manufacturing, industrial, and data center facilities,” and the grid is not prepared for the surge.

March 25, 2024 - The New York Times

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Opinion: To Improve Health Outcomes, Invest in Public Transit

A medical student calls for improving public transit to boost the health of people and the environment.

March 3, 2024 - The Equation

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Proposed New York Bill Would Align Transportation Projects With Driving Reduction Goals

If passed, the law would require all highway projects to show how they would reduce VMT or mitigate their impact.

February 9, 2024 - StreetsBlog NYC

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How Cities Are Tackling Delivery Emissions

As the popularity of delivery services grows, regulation and tech can address pollution challenges and limit congestion.

January 17, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

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Lower Speed Limits as a Climate Action Tool

Slowing down traffic can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in addition to improving roadway safety.

January 10, 2024 - Policy Options

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Seattle Passes Building Emissions Law

The law calls for buildings larger than 20,000 square feet to eliminate fossil fuels by 2050.

December 25, 2023 - Governing

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Carbon Capture Plan Draws Conservationist Concerns

The Forest Service says storing carbon dioxide under national forest lands is essential to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting climate goals.

December 18, 2023 - Grist

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Opinion: California Must Walk the Walk on Transportation Emissions

While state leaders tout their climate goals at COP28, residents back home continue to fight highway expansion projects that induce traffic and increase emissions.

December 11, 2023 - Streetsblog California

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NYC Approves Carbon Neutrality Plan

The zoning amendment, part of the ‘City of Yes’ plan, will make it easier and more affordable to make efficiency retrofits and reduce emissions.

December 11, 2023 - New York League of Conservation Voters

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US Building Emissions are Growing

Green building standards and efficiency retrofits are not keeping up with energy demand, resulting in a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions from buildings.

November 30, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

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FHWA Issues Emissions Tracking Rule

The agency will require states to monitor transportation emissions and create plans to address air pollution.

November 28, 2023 - Route Fifty

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Report: Gas-Powered Lawn Tools Produce Emissions Comparable to Cars

A Maryland study recommends switching to electric tools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the state’s climate goals.

November 27, 2023 - Maryland Matters

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Do Environmentalists Confuse Oil Production With Oil Demand?

Samantha Gross, the director of the Energy Security and Climate Initiative at the Brookings Institution, argues that the key to reducing emissions is to do the hard work of reducing oil demand rather than focusing on ending U.S. oil drilling.

October 22, 2023 - Brookings Institution

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L.A. Times: California Must Shift Transportation Spending Priorities

Despite its ambitious emissions reduction goals, California continues to spend a majority of transportation funds on car-centric infrastructure.

October 12, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

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California to Invest $750 Million in 16 ’Jobs-Rich’ Areas

California is funding a sweeping package of investments expected to deliver big benefits in housing affordability and greenhouse gas emission reductions.

September 4, 2023 - California Department of Housing and Community Development

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The Materials Movement: Advancing Low-Carbon, Healthy Materials for Sustainable Communities

Every component of a building, from the concrete foundation to the paint on the walls, has an impact on human health, the climate, and ecosystems around the globe. Building materials—once overlooked in real estate’s sustainability efforts—are now bei

September 1, 2023 - Urban Land Magazine

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Boston Grant Program Supports Greener Affordable Housing

The city wants to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

August 17, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

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California Adopts CEQA Reforms for Infrastructure, Leaves Out Residential

The state of California adopted reforms to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pertaining to climate-friendly infrastructure projects, but residential development interests hoping for relief from CEQA will have to wait.

August 15, 2023 - James Brasuell

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