January 2019 Urban Sustainability Bulletin


GHG Reduction


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Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC) Expands Program and Selects Seven Additional Winners: The Bloomberg ACCC announced expansion of the program from 20 to 25 cities and selected Albuquerque, Austin, Charlotte, Denver, Orlando, San Antonio, and St. Petersburg as the final winners to participate in the two-year program where they will receive resources and support to accelerate progress towards meeting carbon emission reduction goals.

Somerville MA Releases First Climate Action Plan: Somerville's first community-wide climate action plan focuses on an equitable framework to advance their carbon neutrality goal and to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Evanston Approves Climate Action and Resilience Plan: Evanston recently approved a plan that includes commitments to achieve 100% renewable electricity for all properties by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050 and to become more resilient to climate change impacts.

Indianapolis Seeks Public Comment on Draft Sustainability and Resilience Action Plan: Indianapolis released their first draft sustainability and resilience action plan for public comment, which include actions to advance their carbon neutrality goal and to become more resilient.

Cincinnati Commits to 100% Renewable Energy Goal: Cincinnati approved a 100% renewable energy by 2035 goal for all city-owned and operated facilities and a commitment to the transition to 100% renewable energy that is just and equitable for all residents.

Chicago Launches the Renewable Energy Challenge: Chicago rolled out the Renewable Energy Challenge, a voluntary program committing commercial and institutional property owners to achieve 100% renewable energy to power one or more buildings by 2035.

Montgomery County OH Announces Winners of GHG Emissions Reduction Challenge: Montgomery County OH recognized winners of a challenge program where local building owners committed to reducing GHG emissions for one year through energy efficiency measures.

Berkeley Wins SolSmart Gold Award: Berkeley received the SolSmart Gold Award that recognizes the city's efforts to provide clear guidance on rooftop solar, streamline permitting, train staff, and support group purchase programs.

Boulder County Adopts GoEV Resolution: Boulder County is the first local government to adopt a GoEV resolution that commits them to plan for electrifying their fleet, public transit and school buses, taxis, rideshare companies, and all passenger vehicles. 


Social Equity


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Bloomberg Cities

Oakland Featured on Infinite Earth Podcast: Daniel Hamilton, Oakland's Sustainability Manager, was interviewed on a recent Infinite Earth podcast, highlighting how climate equity drives innovation in meeting the social challenges of today's cities.

Bloomberg Cities Innovator of the Week Features Knoxville: Bloomberg Cities Innovator of the Week featured Erin Gill, Knoxville's Director of Sustainability, on the city's weatherization program for low-income homeowners.


Urban Sustainability


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Minneapolis 2040 Plan

Minneapolis Adopts Comprehensive City Plan: Minneapolis adopted a comprehensive city plan, including a framework that incorporates climate action, climate resilience, sustainability, and racial equity goals, which will be presented to the regional council for approval.


Washington DC Bans Single Use Straws and Stirrers: Washington DC expanded their foam and food serviceware regulation to prohibit food and beverage businesses from selling or providing single-use straws and stirrers starting in January 2019.


Columbus Offers Electric Vehicle Incentive Program to Transportation Service Providers: Columbus is now offering Ohio-based transportation service providers rebates towards the purchase of electric vehicles.

Sustainable Nation Podcast Features Boulder: Kendra Tupper, Boulder's Chief Sustainability and Resilience Officer, was recently featured on the Sustainable Nation podcast and discussed the city's climate action, resiliency and sustainability efforts, carbon pricing mechanisms, and the local B Corp movement.