Doughnut Economics is a model to measure progress in an economy by monitoring impacts on the social and planetary boundaries. The Doughnut Economics model is visualized using two concentric circles – the inner circle represents how successfully the economy has fulfilled basic life essentials like water, food, and health, while the outer circle represents how the local economy stays within planetary boundaries and reduces stresses placed on Earth’s ecological systems like the ozone layer, soils, and climate. The space between these circles is considered the ideal place for an economy to be in. Doughnut economics takes a different approach than the traditional growth model, suggesting that regenerative […]
Canada has created a large-scale disaster and mitigation fund in order to reduce the financial impacts to local communities from damage caused by climate change. The Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) focuses on funding large infrastructure resilience projects that meet DMAF goals. The $2 billion fund also concentrates on alleviating the adverse negative effects of climate disasters on communities of lower socioeconomic status. Additionally, this policy allows for multiple smaller projects […]
An introduction to a few models that promote sustainable and resilient economic development of communities.
Nineteen African nations have joined together in an effort to prepare for the current and future effects of climate change. They enacted a risk pooling strategy that unlocks funding when climate influenced disasters strike. The member states of this group are able to draw down pooled funds for responding to specific climate events or disasters. This risk pooling allows them to reduce their costs in the short term while still […]
Funding for electric school buses in New York is on two tracks going in opposite directions. On one hand, the State just announced an additional $2.5 million in grants through the existing New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program (NYTVIP) program administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). On the other […]
China has started implementing new strategies to combat water stress in urban areas due to climate change. These strategies include green rooftops, urban wetland parks, permeable pavement, and a broad assortment of novel engineering strategies, all of which are implemented to retain rainwater within the city, add ground water as a backup for times of drought, and prevent excessive stormwater flooding. These shifts toward green infrastructure are needed […]
Here’s a quick little video demonstrating uncontrovertible evidence that composting is not that hard. Take a look!
What is the best way to solve our most pressing environmental problems, such as carbon emissions causing global climate disruptions? Under the right conditions, technological innovation induced by government regulation can play a significant role. In many cases, innovation leads to lowered costs to industry and consumers in addition to the direct environmental benefits that […]
My daughters and I recently went to the the Corning Preserve in downtown Albany and picked up eight garbage bags of water bottles, styrofoam cups, plastic totes, candy wrappers, snack containers, car parts and other trash that would otherwise have blown, tumbled, fallen or drifted into the Hudson. We were one group among the 120 […]
A third tool for residents of communities to enact conservation improvements in their immediate area (in addition to Watershed Protection Improvement Districts and Watershed Community Cooperatives, which we discussed in previous posts in this blog series) is a Voluntary Green Neighbor Agreement (VGNA), a voluntary, flexible, public agreement among neighbors living within a watershed community […]