Our Beaches Are More Than Sun and Sand—They’re Nature’s Infrastructure

Our Beaches Are More Than Sun and Sand—They’re Nature’s Infrastructure

by Jessica Grannis We’re in the dog days of summer now, and lots of folks are headed to the beach to make up for lost time since the pandemic began.  My favorite part of traveling to the coast from DC is watching my surroundings slowly turn from urban areas to the forests of the coastal […]

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Infrastructure Could Include Bike and Pedestrian Paths As Well As Highways

Infrastructure Could Include Bike and Pedestrian Paths As Well As Highways

Greenways are bike paths that often serve as multi-use, car-free ways to navigate a city. Right now, the U.S. network “comprises a similarly haphazard collection of park-like bicycle- and pedestrian-oriented paths,” as CityLab reports, but that could change if environmental and transportation advocates can land $10 billion for a Greenway Stimulus in the infrastructure deal being negotiated in Congress right now.

Why This Matters: Getting people out of cars and into other modes of getting around is one of the best ways to ramp down carbon emissions in the transportation sector as well as ramp up health and fitness.

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One Cool Thing: Infrastructure, An American Classic

One Cool Thing: Infrastructure, An American Classic

As the Biden administration readies to enact an infrastructure plan, Congressional Republicans continue to lament that water pipes, EV chargers, and expanded railways “don’t count” as infrastructure. Yet, as Biden cabinet members have been saying: we need to expand our definition of infrastructure beyond roads and bridges to prepare our country for the future. As […]

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A Climate Change Two-Fer: Big Climate-Focused Jobs Package And Kerry Goes to India and the UAE

A Climate Change Two-Fer: Big Climate-Focused Jobs Package And Kerry Goes to India and the UAE

Today the Biden administration unveils its American Jobs Plan and it is chock full of actions that will create jobs and address climate change and environmental justice issues.  At the same time, the Wall Street Journal reported last night that Presidential Climate Envoy Kerry is traveling later this week to the United Arab Emirates and then on to India.

Why This Matters:  Climate policy is central to both the Biden foreign and domestic agendas.

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New Study Says Biden Climate Plan Possible

New Study Says Biden Climate Plan Possible

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer A new study from energy experts at Princeton University delves deep into what it would actually take to make President-elect Joe Biden’s climate plan to reach net-zero emissions in the U.S. by 2050 a reality. The gist, said Jesse Jenkins, a Princeton professor and one of three leaders of […]

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Will The Government Require Federally-Funded Buildings to Meet Flood Standards?

Will The Government Require Federally-Funded Buildings to Meet Flood Standards?

In order to ensure we are adapting to climate change, E&E News reports that some experts are arguing that the incoming Biden Administration may want to put back in place a requirement that all buildings, infrastructure, and homes funded or backed with federal dollars be flood-proofed.

Why This Matters:  Not being flood-proofed is just dumb and really costly in the long run.

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