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Co-Ops Lead By Putting Communities In Charge Of New Housing Projects

Co-Ops Lead By Putting Communities In Charge Of New Housing Projects
Above Photo: Mehrs als Wohnen won a World Habitat Award last year The new model, social production of habitat, sees residents rather than the market determine their living environment Co-operatives, community land trusts and other housing models are coming together to help communities design their own homes and neighbourhoods. The new concept – known as a platform for social production of habitat (SPH) – means locals are involved in ... Read more

Study: Legal Pot Will Boost California Economy By $5 Billion

Study: Legal Pot Will Boost California Economy By $5 Billion
Above Photo: California grower Adrian Shareve Getty Legalising marijuana will boost California’s economy by $5 billion, study finds The economy of California – poised to create a market for legal marijuana – could see its economy boosted by as much as $5bn, according to a new study. The report by the University of California Agricultural Issues Centre, says that the legalisation of the drug will provide the state a further reason ... Read more

Coalition Of 13 States Challenge Trump On Vehicle Emission Standards

Coalition Of 13 States Challenge Trump On Vehicle Emission Standards
Above Photo: From autoblog.com New York State’s attorney general and 12 other top state law enforcement officials said on Friday they would mount a vigorous court challenge to any effort to roll back vehicle emission rules by the Trump administration. In March, President Donald Trump ordered a review of U.S. vehicle fuel-efficiency standards from 2022-2025 put in place by the Obama administration, saying they were too tough on the auto ... Read more

Left-Right Alliance To Break Up The Banks

Left-Right Alliance To Break Up The Banks
Above Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg Forbes reports: “The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed the Financial CHOICE Act, a Republican-led financial reform effort aimed at rolling back the 2010 Dodd Frank Act, enacted under President Barack Obama.” The Washington Post reports: “Trump, who has complained about tight lending practices, has ordered three reviews of banking rules, the first of which Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin ... Read more

Trump Wants To Privatize Air Traffic Control. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Trump Wants To Privatize Air Traffic Control. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Above Photo: Private sector corporations’ first priority is to turn a profit—not to serve the public. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Promising “cheaper, faster and safer travel,” the Trump administration announced a plan this week to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system. The announcement Monday marked the first day of the administration’s “infrastructure week,” a series of publicity events around one of the only areas of ... Read more

What Makes A Successful Utility-Led Community Solar Program?

What Makes A Successful Utility-Led Community Solar Program?
Above Photo: From utilitydive.com An examination of shared solar programs across the country reveals diverse pathways to success With almost two-thirds of utility professionals expecting moderate or significant growth in community shared renewables over the next ten years, it is time to look at what works and what doesn’t for utility-led programs. Investor-owned utilities (IOUs) now have 13 community solar programs representing 91 MW of ... Read more

Offshore Wind Reaches Cost-Competitiveness Without Subsidies

Offshore Wind Reaches Cost-Competitiveness Without Subsidies
Above Photo: From Greentechmedia.com A new McKinsey report predicts a 68 percent drop in offshore wind prices by 2020 and highlights European projects already hitting grid parity. Building wind farms in the ocean is still more expensive than building them on land. But maybe not for much longer. A new report from McKinsey finds that fast growth, increased investment, bigger wind farms, falling costs and new technologies are driving new ... Read more

Bronx Home Health Care Cooperative Is Fixing The Field One Aide At A Time

Bronx Home Health Care Cooperative Is Fixing The Field One Aide At A Time
Above Photo: From dnainfo.com BRONX — Zenobia Hernandez swung the wheelchair in front of her students, demonstrating how to maneuver a patient in it when there is no ramp present. “The first thing I’m going to do is take the brakes off,” Hernandez said, in Spanish, as she flipped a lever below the wheelchair. “I pull the chair towards me and place my leg here,” she pushed her right leg next to the base of the chair. “Then I’m going to use my ... Read more

Turning Capital Against Capitalism

Turning Capital Against Capitalism
Above Photo: Aaron Tanaka is part of a growing movement to build a solidarity economy in Boston. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Tanaka) Experiments in funding an equitable economy. One ongoing challenge is to get funding without compromising on principle. The Boston region has one of the nation’s most thriving economies, with job growth above the national average, thanks in large part to the academic and healthcare sectors. But the benefits are ... Read more

Climate Change, Hope, And Revolution: Notes For Dark And Gloomy Times

Climate Change, Hope, And Revolution: Notes For Dark And Gloomy Times
Above Photo: Climate change protest in Copenhagen:  source. The other day I was invited to speak in a colleague’s Environmental Studies class, called, simply, “Hope.”  It happened to be the day after Donald Trump had uttered his calculated, genocidal stupidities about the Paris Agreement (which he kept calling the “Paris Accord”).  By now, a hundred thousand words of outrage, resolve, and analysis have been written and spoken.  Let’s go in ... Read more