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  • To Move Mountains, Fix Markets | Charles Komanoff | Snapshot Column | the Sallan Foundation
    the NYC sustainability room The city s road space is scarce and valuable Charging little or nothing to use it is the Original Sin that creates the city s hellish gas guzzling traffic Whether the first road pricing step is East River bridge tolls or London style CBD pricing or citywide weight distance charges is less important than taking some step now Drivers must be charged for the time and space they take from other New Yorkers including other drivers Road pricing can tame the traffic beast and also provide a robust revenue stream to finance an expanded regional rail network and bring the transit system into good repair Price the Curbs Pricing s patron saint Nobel economist Bill Vickrey long ago urged New York City to monetize curb space not just in the Central Business District but in residential areas too The optimal charge to be determined through trial and error and varied by location and time would be the price at which 85 of spaces are occupied to ensure that drivers could find spaces without endless circling To win neighborhood support a share of the parking revenues could be allocated to new Parking Benefit Districts for streetscape improvements as Pasadena CA has done to revitalize its Old Pasadena shopping district A potential ally supermarket owners who are losing market share to Fresh It s All About the Double Parking Direct trucks Abolish Privileged Parking It may not be New York s biggest fuel subsidy but it has to be the most infuriating thousands of public employees get to park their private vehicles for free on public thoroughfares while other commuters must pay to park or use transit Free parking is an almost irresistible inducement to drive equivalent to getting a free tank of gas each week which explains why these freeloaders drive at double the rate of other workers with similar commutes Dumping this subsidy would be a particular boon to hard pressed Chinatown where sidewalks and intersections are cluttered with police and court officers private cars and SUVs Universal Bottle and Bag Deposits Another no brainer is extending the nickel deposit perhaps doubled to 10 cents to all beverage containers I help coach at Downtown Little League and the trash barrels at the ballfields overflowing with Poland Spring and Gatorade bottles are reason enough to charge a deposit If sales plummet so be it the manufacture of plastic bottles uses precious petroleum as does trucking the bottles to supermarkets and the no deposit alternative municipal water is good enough thank you While we re at it the City should legislate a nickel or more tax on plastic bags given out at cash registers A bag tax in Ireland has revived the ecological habit of customers bringing their own bags to market No magic just the power of economic incentives Tax Carbon not Commerce Sooner or later and preferably sooner the United States will have to tax the carbon content of coal oil and gas It s the

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  • Sallan At The Symposium | 2011 Urban Systems Symposium | Noteworthy | The Sallan Foundation in the Media
    Our Back Pages Noteworthy 2011 Urban Systems Symposium Sallan At The Symposium The Urban Systems Symposium a May meet up of visionaries mayors and managers with real estate and software systems vanguards explored new ways to organize and diffuse useful knowledge for smarter cities and urban systems If you missed any of the sessions over the course of the two day symposium or would like to view panelist presentations peruse

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  • Thar's Gold In That Data | Untapped Cities | Blog Comments | The Sallan Foundation in the Media
    Comments Untapped Cities Thar s Gold In That Data If Jane Jacobs were alive today she would probably be mining data sets In an article by Jake Schabas over at Untapped Cities Nancy Anderson urges tapping city data to make sure green promises are kept that New York City be governed with people in mind The Data Driven Built Environment Nancy Anderson s latest Torchlight article lays out why data

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  • What is DG and Why Should We Care? | Michael Bobker | Snapshot Column | the Sallan Foundation
    Public Utilities Regulatory Act PURPA of 1977 required utilities to connect qualified facilities that were efficient co generators or used renewable energy sources Notice that so far we have only discussed distributed generator drawing electricity from the grid in parallel with the on site generating source Why not produce more electricity than the site requires at least some of the time especially if there is enough wind sun or on site thermal load Answering this question takes us into the mysteries of utility grid protection Sources that are small in comparison to the power handled by the local sub station will have little impact on the grid s stability But larger sources engine driven co generators suitable for stand alone power synchronous as opposed to induction generators do have the potential to introduce significant faults into the system that by causing circuit breaker trips at the sub station could cause local grid shut downs i e black outs Under PURPA utilities actually did have to go beyond one way connection to actually buy back power from qualified facilities But this additional mandate was limited by specific utility needs to protect their local grids New York City s Con Edison has a particularly vexatious situation as its network grid has multiple pathways into and hence potentially out of many buildings In much of NYC the transformers that reduce voltage from the distribution system so that the electricity can be used in buildings for lights computers and so many other needs have more than one electrical feeder This improves reliability as many alternate pathways are available for the flow of electricity But the fact of multiple electrical feeders also makes it much more difficult to monitor track and isolate faults which might occur on the system so Con Edison has one of the most rigorous procedures in the country for inter connecting DG And only the smallest installations such as a residential photovoltaic installation no more than a few kilowatts in size are allowed to sell power back into the grid The level of detail and systematic interconnection application and design process can be gleaned from a visit to their website www coned com dg In recent years many states including New York have passed net metering laws that require local utilities to accept electrons from renewable energy sources such as solar photovoltaic PV and wind making the meter turn backward when more power is generated on site than is consumed This mandate applies to farms and residential sites the latter meaning single family homes as most of the regulations set a 10 kilowatt kw maximum a typical NYC apartment will draw 2 3 kw at summer peak Such small scale installations of direct current inverted power to convert the direct current into alternating current do not pose a grid protection issue and are easily accepted onto the system To accept much larger electron flows from DG will require major grid upgrades for improved fault protection But keep in mind that the

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  • Mac-Makeover in Chicago | American Society of Landscape Architects | Blog Comments | The Sallan Foundation in the Media
    new look the landscape architecture created by Chicago based Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects includes a new plaza with a zero depth fountain that drowns out the noise of passing cars One potential customer interviewed by The Chicago Tribune said It made me want to sit down on a nice day with a cup of tea and a book OK in gratitude to Apple it should be an iPad but whatever I say thank you to Apple The inside of the station has been cleaned repainted and degrimed perhaps so it will befit the new Apple name and logos that are now branded everywhere From the moment you push through the turnstile Apple ads beam at you as bright as searchlights Down in the tunnel all the other ads are gone To raise additional funds the CTA may start selling naming rights for stations For North Clybourn Apple has first dibs on the name The Chicago Tribune says this may not be a bad thing given people will call it the Apple station anyway and many of the city s other older stations are likely also in a state of disrepair and could use some private investment The CTA may as well profit from the inevitable Sell Apple the naming rights for a big chunk of change People are going to call it the Apple stop anyway Also the end result of the work of collaborating landscape architecture firm Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects was deemed positive Apple has created a unique space in Chicago handsome communal connected to the city a space that makes public transportation attractive The Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin adds that the space carves out a much needed refuge for pedestrians in the traffic choked Clybourn corridor It also offers sleekly modern tables and movable chairs

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  • Picture This | The New York Times Green, Inc. | Blog Comments | The Sallan Foundation in the Media
    rational economic calculus of homeowners on the ground From solar panels to efficient window systems the capital costs of such projects can be prohibitive and take years sometimes decades to pay for themselves Faced with that reality a number of municipalities across the country are getting creative and experimenting with incremental neighborhood or district based lending programs that help homeowners pay the up front capital costs Under what are called geographic targeting or renewable energy community programs a lender be it a city utility or bank effectively goes door to door offering homeowners or businesses within designated neighborhoods low interest loans to complete efficiency or renewable energy projects NYT Green Inc Blog Full Post Nancy s Comment Liked the text but not the photo Although caulk guns and insulation aren t as eye catching as solar panels they re a reliable and inexpensive way to make buildings more energy efficient Adding low cost options to a city s program would go a long way toward resolving The biggest challenge to large scale community energy projects is demonstrating a consistent return on investment that attracts the right mix of public and private financing By offering property owners a choice for those

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  • Sudden Interest | Council On Foreign Relations | Blog Comments | The Sallan Foundation in the Media
    Reports In the Media Events Partners Contact Us Thrive Or Jive In the Media Home Skyscraper Face Off Blog Comments Council On Foreign Relations Sudden Interest Nancy chides Michael Levi on his acceptance of offsets as credible carbon management tools given the EU ETS experience Read Levi s piece scroll for Nancy s comment and weigh in Home About Sallan News Views In the Media Post Event Wrap ups Partners

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  • Extra! Extra! | The New York Times | Friends of Sallan | The Sallan Foundation in the Media
    of high performance buildings in an Arts and Leisure front page story Robin Pogrebin s piece made pulses race among green building fans and should send lots of visitors to the Green Towers exhibition at the Skyscraper Museum It was great to see Sallan partner architect Chris Garvin co chair of COTE confirm We re making strides Another quote from City Commissioner David Burney about green building It s almost

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