Explores how small and mid-sized cities are tackling climate change and moving toward an equitable and sustainable future.
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Organizing Local Elected Officials
Elected Officials to Protect America (EOPA) empowers local elected officials and civic leaders to fight the climate crisis, with a special focus on lawmakers who are veterans. With leaders from all 50 states and Puerto Rico, EOPA is an organizing force for local officials to increase their impact in their own communities as well as on regional and national issues. We interview co-founders Alex Cornell du Houx, and Dominic Frongillo about their programs and some of their work, including banning fracking in NY, supporting offshore wind, and fighting for environmental justice. EOPA is also City Climate Corner's fiscal sponsor.ResourcesEOPA websiteEOPA's Certificate of Public Leadership Program - ApplicationForm to join EOPA as an elected officialMentioned during intro and debriefLarry's Op-Ed in the Minnesota Star TribuneCity Climate Corner episode with Max Gruenig - on running for office as a climate candidate
Saerbeck Germany: Climate Community
Larry recently visited Saerbeck, a village in northwest Germany that has done incredible things with renewable energy, biogas, and now green hydrogen. We interview Martin Sammler, Manager of Saerbeck's Climate Action Department, about how this village of 7200 people is producing 4 times the energy it needs with renewables, is planning to decarbonize its heating system by 2030, and is becoming a proving ground for the production of green hydrogen and electrolyzers.ResourcesSaerbeck - climate projects backgrounder (English)Saerbeck website (in German)Climate Community SaerbeckEnapter's Saerbeck electrolyzer production facility - Article
With this summer of one climate disaster after another, Abby and Larry talk about how they deal with the depressing parts of climate change, and especially, what gives them hope.
Santa Monica CA: 3D Printed Bike Lanes
More and more we're learning that protected bike lanes with physical separation from car traffic are the best at changing behavior and getting a lot more people to cycle. But they can be time consuming to construct. We interview Bike Program Coordinator Kyle Kozar, Mobility Manager Jason Kligier, and Principal Civil Engineer Selim Eren, from the City of Santa Monica, about their efforts creating bike infrastructure, and an innovative use of a construction machine to, effectively, 3D print protected bike lanes.ResourcesBike Action Plan Amendment3D bike lane printing in action (Twitter video)Protected intersection in Santa Monica (photo)City of Santa Monica Climate Action and Adaptation Plan
Hopkins MN: Urban heat island
Though Hopkins is one of the smaller Minneapolis suburbs, it packs a big punch on climate action. We dig into two really innovative programs they're doing on reducing the urban heat island effect and speeding deployment of clean energy and energy efficiency solutions with a cost share program. We speak with Hopkins Mayor Patrick Hanlon and Special Projects and Initiatives Manager, PeggySue Imihy Bean, to understand how this small community is taking on big challenges.ResourcesHopkins Heat VulnerabilityStory map - DEFINITELY look at this!Webpage and background information on studyStar Tribune 5/11/23 article on Hopkins urban heat island programCost Share programs mentioned (Hopkins program is not live yet)Green Cost Share program (Minneapolis)Climate Champions (St Louis Park)