Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Buses Today & Tomorrow

October 7, 2021 by  
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Date/Time: November 2, 2021 (1-2PM ET / 10-11AM PT) Strategies for addressing air quality and climate change challenges  need to be more nuanced than making all vehicles electric. This is particularly true for commercial vehicles such as buses, which have different power needs and workloads than passenger cars. Learn about tangible actions cities and companies can take today to address these challenges, — like fuel switching, which provides immediate benefits without requiring infrastructure changes or increasing the demand on the electrical grid.  The webcast will also cover potential opportunities for dramatic improvements in the longer term as government spending improves the affordability of fuel cell, battery and hybrid vehicles and the infrastructure needed to support them. Specifically, you’ll learn: How companies and municipalities can reduce their transportation-related carbon footprint now Why transit is well-suited for greenhouse gas emissions reductions How infrastructure spending may help accelerate the adoption of new transportation technologies Moderator: Jim Giles, Carbon Analyst, GreenBiz Group Speakers: Eli Lipmen, Director, Development and Programming, MOVE LA If you can’t tune in live, please register and we will email you a link to access the archived webcast footage and resources, available to you on-demand after the webcast.

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Congress needs to accelerate water reuse and recycling

September 30, 2021 by  
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The Infrastructure and Jobs Act is a good start but more federal infrastructure is needed to adequately address climate change

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Solutions Showcase: Find the Right Offset for Your Business

August 9, 2021 by  
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Offset providers walk you through their catalogues of high-quality credits, ranging from nature-based solutions to permanent carbon removal. Speakers: Jackson Hammond | Manager, Carbon Policy & Scientific Communications | Indigo Julian Ekelhof | Senior Director, Climate Solutions | FORLIANCE GmbH Nav Kaur Kilroy | Business Development Manager | South Pole Thuy Phung | Manager, Climate & Infrastructure | BSR Zack Parisa | Co-founder | NCX, Angelyca This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s VERGE Net Zero, July 27-28, 2021. Learn more about the event here: https://events.greenbiz.com/events/verge-net-zero/online/2021

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Native Net Zero: Integrating Emissions Goals into Products

August 9, 2021 by  
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Companies explain how they have integrated emissions reductions strategies into products and business models. Speakers: Heather Clancy | Vice President and Editorial Director | GreenBiz Group Sandra Noonan | Chief Sustainability Officer | Just Salad Stacy Kauk | Director, Sustainability Fund | Shopify Taylor Francis | Co-founder | Watershed This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s VERGE Net Zero, July 27-28, 2021. Learn more about the event here: https://events.greenbiz.com/events/verge-net-zero/online/2021

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Ask an Expert: Companies and Cities Partner to Hit Net Zero

August 9, 2021 by  
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Quiz sustainability leaders on how your company can collaborate with cities to reduce emissions and draw down carbon in urban environments. Speakers: Debbie Raphael | Director | San Francisco Department of the Environment Lacey Reddix | Infrastructure Analyst | GreenBiz Group Ryan Mooney-Bullock | Executive Director | Green Umbrella This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s VERGE Net Zero, July 27-28, 2021. Learn more about the event here: https://events.greenbiz.com/events/verge-net-zero/online/2021

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Upper Los Angeles River Plan wins award for inclusive, sustainable design

August 4, 2021 by  
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The influential Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Revitalization Plan (ULART) has earned the prestigious global 2021 AZ Award from Azure Magazine for its plan to “recalibrate natural urban waterways by deploying nature-based solutions to create new community space and help rectify decades of neglect.” In an international competition commissioned by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), the ULART plan by Studio-MLA stood out for its comprehensive vision for 300-plus project site opportunities for the Upper Los Angeles River and its tributaries, taking the win in the Urban Design Visions category of the competition. The competition received over 1,200 project entries from 57 countries in the 10 designated categories. Related: Jiangyin urban development by BAU honors humans, history and the planet The design addresses the needs of underprivileged populations up and down the L.A. waterways and aims to reverse trends of paving natural spaces, instead planning for green beltways. “This integrated response to climate change via new green infrastructure , as well as the social infrastructure for renewed equity in cities, is urgently needed,” said AZ Award juror Marc Ryan of Toronto-based design firm Public Work. The ULART Plan is led by Los Angeles Councilmember Monica Rodriguez, Sarah Rascon of the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority on behalf of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and Mía Lehrer from landscape architecture firm Studio-MLA. This combination of interests and skills culminated into a plan that supports local communities and the environment. “It was a privilege to lead this effort that begins to address environmental justice issues in communities that have historically suffered from underinvestment. The plan identifies over 300 opportunity sites for open-space amenities accessible to over 625,000 residents who live within a half mile of the river tributaries,” said Councilmember Rodriguez, the ULART Chair.  Rascon, environmental equity officer for MRCA, said the team relied on input from a variety of local representatives of municipalities, community leaders, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and elected officials from throughout the Upper Los Angeles River watershed area. Delegates represented six cities throughout Los Angeles County, as well as dozens of Los Angeles city neighborhoods in the Upper Los Angeles River watershed . In addition to the contributions for human recreation, the plan works in conjunction with natural systems to address the historic droughts in the area. It includes the potential capture of 8,695 acre-feet of stormwater per year. Jan Dyer, principal and director of the Infrastructure Division at Studio-MLA said, “The ULART plan also provides over 1,000 miles of shaded green streets and trails, while preserving and enhancing over 6,000 acres of urban wildlife ecology.” + Studio-MLA Images by Studio-MLA and MRCA via v2com

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Upper Los Angeles River Plan wins award for inclusive, sustainable design

August 4, 2021 by  
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The influential Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Revitalization Plan (ULART) has earned the prestigious global 2021 AZ Award from Azure Magazine for its plan to “recalibrate natural urban waterways by deploying nature-based solutions to create new community space and help rectify decades of neglect.” In an international competition commissioned by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), the ULART plan by Studio-MLA stood out for its comprehensive vision for 300-plus project site opportunities for the Upper Los Angeles River and its tributaries, taking the win in the Urban Design Visions category of the competition. The competition received over 1,200 project entries from 57 countries in the 10 designated categories. Related: Jiangyin urban development by BAU honors humans, history and the planet The design addresses the needs of underprivileged populations up and down the L.A. waterways and aims to reverse trends of paving natural spaces, instead planning for green beltways. “This integrated response to climate change via new green infrastructure , as well as the social infrastructure for renewed equity in cities, is urgently needed,” said AZ Award juror Marc Ryan of Toronto-based design firm Public Work. The ULART Plan is led by Los Angeles Councilmember Monica Rodriguez, Sarah Rascon of the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority on behalf of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and Mía Lehrer from landscape architecture firm Studio-MLA. This combination of interests and skills culminated into a plan that supports local communities and the environment. “It was a privilege to lead this effort that begins to address environmental justice issues in communities that have historically suffered from underinvestment. The plan identifies over 300 opportunity sites for open-space amenities accessible to over 625,000 residents who live within a half mile of the river tributaries,” said Councilmember Rodriguez, the ULART Chair.  Rascon, environmental equity officer for MRCA, said the team relied on input from a variety of local representatives of municipalities, community leaders, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and elected officials from throughout the Upper Los Angeles River watershed area. Delegates represented six cities throughout Los Angeles County, as well as dozens of Los Angeles city neighborhoods in the Upper Los Angeles River watershed . In addition to the contributions for human recreation, the plan works in conjunction with natural systems to address the historic droughts in the area. It includes the potential capture of 8,695 acre-feet of stormwater per year. Jan Dyer, principal and director of the Infrastructure Division at Studio-MLA said, “The ULART plan also provides over 1,000 miles of shaded green streets and trails, while preserving and enhancing over 6,000 acres of urban wildlife ecology.” + Studio-MLA Images by Studio-MLA and MRCA via v2com

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Sierra Nevada red fox to be listed as an endangered species

August 4, 2021 by  
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The Sierra Nevada red fox is to be listed as an endangered species following a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday. The slender, bushy-tailed fox is one of the rarest mammals in the U.S., and its population has been threatened since the 1970s. According to the federal wildlife officials, the population of the red foxes has dropped to just 40 in an area stretching from Lake Tahoe to the south of Yosemite National Park in California. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a ruling that the foxes in the part of the Sierra Nevada south of Tahoe are “in danger of extinction throughout all of its range”. While the agency has admitted not having a clear number of the remaining animals , it is estimated that just about 40 are left within their range in California. Related: Critically endangered bird found alive in Hawaii “While the exact number remains unknown and is also subject to change with new births and deaths , it is well below population levels that would provide resiliency, redundancy and representation to the population,” the agency said in a statement. Several threats have been identified as the main causes of declining numbers for the red foxes. Among them are wildfires, drought and competition in coyotes. They are also threatened due to increased breeding with non-native foxes. Another factor that has affected their population is climate change . About 20 years ago, some scientists declared the red fox extinct in the Sierra Nevada region; this changed when a small pack resurfaced in 2010. California banned the trapping of red foxes in 1974, a situation that has remained to date. There have been several attempts to get the Sierra Nevada red foxes recognized as endangered species in the past without success. The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the federal government to protect the animals in 2011 and filed a lawsuit in 2013 and 2019. In 2020, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to have the foxes listed as endangered. The Sierra Nevada red fox is among the 10 North American subspecies of the red fox. With a small dog-like body, this red fox measures just 3.5 feet long and has long, pointed ears and a large tail. Via The Guardian Lead image via USFWS Pacific Southwest Region

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GM scales up EV fleet support infrastructure

July 21, 2021 by  
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GM scales up EV fleet support infrastructure Liz Morrison Wed, 07/21/2021 – 02:00 Electrifying delivery vehicles is no longer a race predominantly amongst startups. In the past year, big-name OEMs have revealed plans for an entire lineup of new battery-electric commercial vehicles — ranging from Ford’s unveiling of the 2022 E-Transit to Mercedes-Benz’s announcement that eSprinter is heading to the U.S. market . As for General Motors, there has been a flurry of announcements this year (no surprise given its commitment to invest $35 billion into EVs and autonomous through 2025 ). It began In January, with GM CEO Mary Barra presenting both a new business unit called BrightDrop and the EV600 at the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show  (as well as the electric pallet, the EP1 ). Just three months later, GM built on this by announcing the Ultium Charge 360 , an integrated platform for EV users to easily access charging stations and services. Now in July, the latest news is that of the expansion of the Ultium Charge 360 for fleets .  Last week, I attended a conference call with Alex Keros, lead architect of EV infrastructure for GM, leading up to the announcement. What I learned is that GM is clearly doing its homework. On the call, Keros stated that his team had spoken to literally hundreds of customers about what kinds of services they need to help accelerate their path to electrification and identified infrastructure as the pain point and obstacle for adoption. With Ultium 360, GM aims to tackle some gaps in infrastructure that inhibit widespread EV fleet adoption. So what is the Ultium Charge 360 fleet service, and why is this so innovative? Basically, it is a comprehensive software platform that allows new and existing fleet customers to identify providers, tools and solutions required to plan, finance, deploy and operate charging infrastructure in fleet yards and depots. In terms of its innovation, quite simply, GM appears to be the first to integrate its commercial electric production line with advanced connective support for users — which could very well be the reason GM has pushed up the production start date of the EV600 and has doubled the amount it expects to build.  Amongst the solutions being offered by the Ultium Charge 360 fleet service are:  Fleet and facility management tools  Integration with both GM’s fleet management solution, OnStar Vehicle Insights, and the BrightDrop fleet and asset management platform   Support for a wide range of fleet segments, including delivery, sales, utilities and motor pool  Users of the service will be able to customize plans and select from preferred providers for their fleet electrification needs in the United States and Canada. Providers offering access to on-the-go and depot charging include eTransEnergy , In-Charge Energy , Schneider Electric and EVgo ( whose stock price leapt following the partnership announcement last week). Additionally, Irvine, California-based Qmerit will provide in-home installations for fleet drivers, making charging more accessible for a range of fleet applications.  It’s really exciting to see this kind of investment into scaling the infrastructure that fleet managers need to transition to commercial electric vehicles. GM may be making waves with these announcements, but Volvo, Daimler and others are close on its heels  — which I count as a good thing for everyone. [ Want more great analysis of electric and sustainable transport? Sign up for Transport Weekly , our free email newsletter. ] Topics Transportation & Mobility Electric Vehicles Featured in featured block (1 article with image touted on the front page or elsewhere) Off Duration 0 Sponsored Article Off Courtesy of GM Close Authorship

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Activists protest Biden’s compromised green infrastructure deal

July 7, 2021 by  
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President Biden made big promises about a new, green  infrastructure  plan that would mitigate the effects of climate change. But just six months into his presidency, White House negotiators are already making a deal with senators to backpedal on the big changes necessary to attain climate goals. The new bipartisan deal is going to drastically slow down the transition to a green economy — making it way too slow, according to activists. For example, instead of Biden’s proposed $174 billion for developing the  electric vehicle  market, the new plan allocates $15 billion to electric vehicle infrastructure. Many people aren’t surprised by this reduction, saying it was a long shot that such major climate legislation could ever get through Congress. Many Republicans believe an infrastructure bill should stick to transportation issues without including climate provisions. Related: Biden unveils $2 trillion infrastructure and green economy plan “We made serious compromises on both ends. … We’ll see what happens in the reconciliation bill and the budget process,”  Biden  said. Young activists from the  Sunrise Movement  aren’t willing to compromise. On June 28, hundreds of them gathered in front of the White House to call for “transformative” climate policy. Missouri Representative Cori Bush and New York Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman joined the protest and spoke on the urgent need to address the  climate  crisis. The activists highlighted the connections between climate action, policing, discrimination and  environmental racism . “They occupy our streets,” Congressman Bowman said at the protest. “They mass incarcerate us, but they leave us food insecure, in transportation deserts, and our buildings and schools falling apart. Fuck that!” Secret Service agents proceeded to arrest several activists for blocking all ten White House entrances. Democrats  are now developing a second attempt to pass Biden’s climate change measures in a separate bill, which might also include programs related to education, healthcare, and child and eldercare. Officials refer to these areas as “human infrastructure.” This bill may pass through a complex budget process known as reconciliation, which would allow it to bypass Republicans. Via The Nation , CNBC Lead image © Ken Schles

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