Smart Growth Development

How Exploited "Independent Contractor" Truckers Drive Pollution in Our Ports

How Exploited "Independent Contractor" Truckers Drive Pollution in Our Ports

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

States Sprint Past the Feds on Renewable Energy

By the time Congress gets around to trying to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the states will have already acted to eliminate 108 million metric tons of carbon dioxide a year and produce over 46,000 megawatts of renewable power by 2020. As the Christian Science Monitor points out, states are taking the lead in cutting carbon emissions. Already states have eliminated an estimated 20 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions through renewable energy portfolio standards (RPS).

Greening Urban Areas: City Mayors Make Bold Moves Towards Going Green

On Earth Day, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed his plan to create the "first environmentally sustainable 21st-century city," and integrate an estimated population growth of 1 million people by 2030. PlaNYC is comprised of 127 proposals for environmental improvements in six areas: land, water, air quality, transportation, energy, and climate change. The proposals range from reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% to improving transit connections to planting 1 million new trees. 

CA: Prop 90 Poses Major Threat to State

New polling shows that even as California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger makes explicit his opposition to Proposition 90 -- the state's clone of Measure 37 -- new polling shows the proposition passing by a margin of 58% to 28%. In a California election year where hundreds of millions of dollars are being dumped into races, Prop 90 has flown mostly under the radar.

D.C. Faces Obstacle in Pursuing Smart Growth: The Feds

Washington D.C.'s struggle to combat urban sprawl goes beyond fighting greedy developors or desires for big houses. The U.S. federal government is proving to be the most stubborn foe to smart growth planners by insisting on scattering employees to the outer edges of the region. Claiming a need for security and space, the federal government has undermined local efforts to concentrate growth near public transit and urban cores.

OR: Measure 37 Approved by the Courts

Oregon's land use planning system has now fallen apart. This morning, when we published Nathan's report, Measure 37 was suspended by the courts. Measure 37 requires local governments to pay land owners for the right to enact land use planning regulations. In other words, anti-sprawl measures will now be rendered nearly impossible.