Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act

What can reduce carbon emissions, create 2 million new U.S. jobs, and pay a dividend to every American household? The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act was initially introduce to Congress in November 2018, and re-introduced in January of this year. What is the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act? The Energy Innovation and Carbon

Canada launches Smart Cities Challenge

On November 23, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities officially announced the Smart Cities Challenge. The challenge is open to all communities in Canada, including “municipalities, regional governments and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Métis and Inuit). The Challenge encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data

Chipping Away at Our National Parks

Scientific America has an excellent (albeit disheartening) article written by Dana Hunter up at their website: The Trump Administration’s Effect on National Parks How are our national parks faring under the Trump administration and its Republican Congress? Let’s take a look at the latest actions, and you can decide for yourselves. The report goes on to

Trump Administration Silences the EPA

Apparently, the Trump administration has barred staff at the Environmental Protection Agency from awarding any new contracts or grants, or from issuing any press releases, blog updates, or posts to the EPA’s social media accounts. According to the Associated Press, “the Trump administration has also ordered a “temporary suspension” of all new business activities at the department,

Miami Rising: Resilience and Citizen Action

Last night I attended the “public program” portion of the 2016 “Design Matters” conference. This annual event by the Association of Architecture Organizations which is taking place in Miami this year November 2 through today with the theme: “Miami Rising”. The public program was titled “Resilience and Citizen Action”. On the heels of Miami being named a

Vote No on Amendment 1

Did you vote “YES” for solar in August? Great! Now vote “NO” in November. What? Solar is on the ballot of November 8th, too; but this proposed amendment is not at all solar-friendly. The fact that it is backed and promoted by Duke Energy, TECO, Koch, Exxon, Gulf Power and FPL should be a huge

Coral Gables Sued Over Styrofoam Ban

Florida Retail Federation has filed suit on behalf of its members to prevent the City of Coral Gables from enforcing their expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) ban. Florida Retail Federation is a powerful lobbying group representing corporations like Publix, Target, Walmart, and Super Progreso (which owns a 7-Eleven franchise in Coral Gables). The City of Coral Gables

Sweden Plans to Be a Fossil-Free Country By 2030

As in fossil-fuels, not dinosaur bones. Sweden is already ahead of other nations in reducing fossil-fuel use by producing energy from their waste – so much so that they have to import garbage from the UK, Norway, Denmark and other neighboring countries. But Sweden wants to go even further by becoming entirely fossil-free by 2030,

ACEEE Flunks City of Miami’s Sustainability Efforts

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy gave the City of Miami government only 28.50 points out of a possible 100 in their annual review of how municipalities around the country are implementing energy-efficient policies and programs.  Ouch. ACEEE’s State and Local Policy Database includes comprehensive information on energy efficiency policies currently implemented at the state and local