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Traditional procurement model often involves identifying the problem, outlining a solution, and seeking out relevant service providers. Innovative Procurement is more flexible than traditional procurement because it focuses on understanding each challenge, its context, and people’s perspectives: Instead of buying a specific product or service, the local authority is given an opportunity to focus on addressing challenges rather than a predefined solution.. It encourages the thinking of the long-term value of data and the solution’s impact, and it an open-minded attitude. Despite of the uncertainty of this new process, innovative procurement helps the local government to have a greater influence on products and find solutions that are specific to solving particular challenges.
As cities look for solutions to help meet their increasingly aggressive clean energy targets and support their local economies, community solar is a growing opportunity. Community Solar is the distributed solar projects shared virtually by a number of subscribers in a community, typically through on-bill credits. For cities, community solar is a way to vastly increase the amount of locally generated renewable energy, along with associated benefits of local jobs, property tax revenue, and local community investment.
When trying to redevelop, small towns that have a lot of brownfields and abandoned properties have to adopt strategies that both meet the market and address complex risk factors that include social, political, and environmental risk. This kind of small, isolated, and former manufacturing towns could experience “disaffection”, a feeling of disconnectedness and isolation across the whole community. This article shares four strategies for redeveloping these small towns: Partnerships and Area-Wide Approaches, New Economy Techniques, Hybridizing Strategies, and Self-Sustenance. The key is to use a diverse set of techniques to address the social and institutional risks.
Trucks and buses are going electric, too, and the impact on both our air and our economy could be huge. Transportation is the largest contributor to global nationwide, but electric trucks and buses are part of the solution because they are cleaner than diesel and natural gas vehicles. Nine takeaways of electric trucks and buses provided here give important implications
In the face of climate change crisis, it is urgent for policymakers at state, local, and city level to make transition to clean and renewable energy. However, the construction of renewable projects is usually capital-intensive and requires bank’s upfront investment. Green banks help these green projects by managing and investing public capital based on following principles: supporting small projects, de-risking new technologies, and reducing perceived risks. Existing green banks have already proven that their public investment can catalyze private co-investment, and these projects earn economic benefits for private investors and consumers. The green banks could be further empowered by the establishment of National Climate Bank.
The infrastructure of childhood is important, including the safe places to play. The COVID-19 crisis brings to light this need that is often overlooked. As leaders at all levels of government and civil society consider how to stem the impact of COVID-19 with equity in mind, expanding access to play so that all kids can have an opportunity to live healthy, vibrant childhoods must be a priority. KABOOM! is partnering with BCPSS to do an analysis of playspace condition across the school system, to target investments toward schools with the greatest infrastructure needs.
The San Diego Chapter of the American Planning Association, in partnership with MIG San Diego, recently launched a new program called SDAPA Better Buzz, a quarterly series designed to inspire creative thinking around integrated planning processes. Rather than relying solely on this mandate, planners might want to consider educating developers with examples and case studies about the myriad ways that artists can participate in the development process. Likewise, outreach and education for the arts community about what role they can play in projects may stimulate a dialogue that can yield great results.
America’s traditional economic development policy has raised important questions about equity, especially for new entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs and small businesses bring economic stability into communities. To encourage economic development brought, it is imperative that the impact on small businesses and entrepreneurs be considered upfront when evaluating new ordinances and regulations. At the same time, public-private partnerships with established community businesses can help finance new ventures, as can establishing revolving community loan funds.
Although the traditional linear economy brought much prosperity, it has functioned by taking primary resources, turning them into products, and disposing of the waste. In the face of the global climate change crisis, cities need to transit to circular economy. In a city with a circular economy, “reduce-reuse-recycle” will replace “take-make-dispose”. Five areas are central to circular economies: citizen engagement, waste as a resource, Circular design and planning models, New models of procurement, Circular economy incubators and start-up ecosystems. It is also important for city leaders to work with private sector to secure the funds for circular program. Urban mobility will be carbon-neutral, relying on low- to zero-emission vehicles within a broader energy network powered by renewables. Cities and businesses will also generate savings from using recycled building materials and turning waste into fuel to power buses.