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

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

Meet the Startups That Will Transform Our Cities in the Next Decade

“Meet the startups, people & organizations that will transform our cities in the next decade.” That is the invitation on the website of Smart City Startups for their 2015 Festival and Summit taking place in Wynwood, Miami April 22 – 24. “The purpose of the Festival is to raise broad awareness of what the leading

Miami Herald Op-Ed: Climate change a threat to national security

United States Air Force Lt. Ken Eickmann (retired) and Rear Admiral British Royal Navy Neil Morisetti CB (retired) “have seen first-hand how the risks of climate change affect military operations and national security around the world.” That’s why we are visiting Miami this week to meet with a wide range of local leaders to talk about

Coral Gables Museum Receives Grant to Expand Green City Program

The Coral Gables Museum announced that it “has received a $200,000 grant from the State of Florida’s Department of Education to expand its Green City Program and provide it at no cost to all K-12 students in Miami-Dade County.” The Green City Program is dedicated to the practice and purpose of teaching future generations about designing