Securing the US Electric Grid with Distributed Energy and Microgrids
by Lili Francklyn
Microgrids can add redundancy and diversity
Turning the Dream of a Community-wide Eco Pass into Reality
by Scott McCarey
What would it take to get a community-wide Eco Pass?
BVSD Makes a Dent in Driving
by Peter Hurst
This year we are able to project a reduction of 191,000 trips and 568,000 miles of driving.
Trying to Create a Well Loved Place at Boulder Junction
by Alan Boles
The city is applying a comprehensive multi-modal access strategy.
Front Range fire activity, 2000-2003 (Images courtesy COB) On Friday, October 4, 2013, at a PLAN-Boulder County forum moderated by PBC board member Bruce Goldstein, Brett KenCairn, Boulder’s new senior [Read More]
Fourmile Canyon Creek jumped its banks to the north in several places west of Broadway, wrecking havoc down through light industrial areas (all photos courtesy Elizabeth Black) The “1000 year flood” is [Read More]
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Building with solar panels in Northern Germany (Tvabutzku1234, via Wikimedia Commons) "America’s utilities face a German-style solar burn. So far, solar power accounts for just 1 percent of U.S. electricity demand, against 10 percent in Germany. But generators stateside are already feeling the heat and pushing for levies on solar panels. [...]
"Great public spaces are where celebrations are held, social and economic exchanges take place, friends run into each other, and cultures mix. They are the “front porches” of our public institutions – libraries, field houses, neighborhood schools – where we interact with each other and government. When the spaces work well, they serve as a [...]
"The black bears of the high Sierra are normally curled up in caves in January, enjoying long winter naps. But with winter conditions hardly wintry this year, some bears are finding little reason to hibernate and are instead traipsing around like it's the middle of August." Read all about it at the San Francisco Chronicle: Sierra's bears [...]
"After about a year and a half of deliberation, the city's Transportation Services division has emerged with a definition of a 'bicycle.'" Read the entire article at Atlantic Cities: Do Electric Scooters Belong in Bike Lanes?
The Warriors’ planned waterfront arena could be subject to voter approval under a measure proposed for the June ballot. "A ballot measure proposed for the June election would require voter approval if developments exceed existing waterfront height limits, which generally range from 40 to 105 feet. "The official proponent of the measure is [...]
"If we expect cities to be part of the answer to the problem of climate change, the financial unsustainability of sprawl, or anything else, then it has to be a place where children can be raised to thrive in the world." Read the entire piece at the Urbanophile: What Is a City For?.
"What bothers me about genetically engineered crops, I told her, is that the technology seems to disrupt the co-evolutionary relationship between farmer and plant. I like the idea of farmers saving seeds and coaxing plants toward a greater harmony with their environment (the seasons, the pests, the culture), rather than buying their seeds each [...]
Seattle (photo c2014 FK Benfield) "...we all know city places that inspire romance – places that kindle love, if you will. There are the biggies, such as Paris, Rome, and San Francisco. There are historic districts in many cities with narrow, brick or cobbled streets. There are city squares set against dramatic natural views of mountains, [...]
Binita Pradham is a single mother who runs a food business and raises her 4-year-old son. (Barbara Reis) "...in some ways, it is actually more expensive to be poor than not poor. If you can’t afford the first month’s rent and security deposit you need in order to rent an apartment, you may get stuck in an overpriced residential motel. If [...]
West Virginia coal plant/Credit: John E. Amos When all the data is in, it looks like carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels will have gone up 2 percent in 2013 from the previous year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) said on Monday. The main reason, it said, is an uptick in the use of coal for electric power. But it's [...]
Greggor Ilagan initially thought a ban on genetically modified organisms was a good idea. Jim Wilson / The New York Times "Scientists, who have come to rely on liberals in political battles over stem-cell research, climate change and the teaching of evolution, have been dismayed to find themselves at odds with their traditional allies on this [...]
"Monsoon rains in Australia's north failed last summer and the entire continent endured its hottest year since records began in 1910, the Bureau of Meteorology said on Friday. Average temperatures were 1.2 degree Celsius above the long-term average of 21.8 degree Celsius, breaking the previous record set in 2005. 'The new record high calendar year [...]