Carpinteria, CA and Electriq Power make sustainable energy more accessible with PoweredUP Network
The PoweredUP Network offers solar and battery storage capabilities to city residents with no costs at installation. Rooftop solar panels provide electricity to the household with excess power held in Electriq's PowerPod2 battery in case of outages or increased use. Homeowners switch between time-of-use, backup, and self-supply modes with an easy-to-use interface. There are no credit checks, liens, or income requirements for participation in the network.
Richmond, BC and neighboring cities diversify local economy with Supply Chain Resiliency Program
Richmond, Surrey, and Langley created the program to better use industrial capacity during COVID-19. A survey of local manufacturers resulted in an Industrial Capabilities Inventory for the production of pandemic-related supplies. Participating businesses accessed a toolkit for minimizing the risks of shifting to new markets and technologies. Technology Adoption Workshops demonstrated how manufacturers could survive the pandemic and thrive in its wake.
London Borough of Barnet, GB Community Tree Portal inventories vital resources in net-zero efforts
Borough officials hope to plant 5,000 new trees by 2028 on the path to net-zero operations by 2030. The Community Tree Portal presents an overview of the current tree inventory and its ecological benefits. An interactive Tree Map includes layers for existing trees, planned plantings, and optimal planting locations. Portal users can select individual tree icons for details including photos, recent inspection dates, and Tree Asset Values.
London Borough of Barnet, GB
Waverley, NSW Thinker-In-Residence initiative fosters collaboration on sustatinable solutions
The council called for Expressions of Interest from applicants with expertise in circular economy, urban design, and climate resilience. The selected Thinker-In-Residence will receive AUD 50,000 in public funds for innovation programs and events at the newly restored Boot Factory. Waverley also offers datasets, administrative support, and discounted venue rates to the Thinker-In-Residence. This one-year pilot advances goals in the council's 10-year Environmental Action Plan.
Central Coast, NSW introduces a pair of interactive flood mapping tools for improved resilience
Central Coast created a flood extents map for every property near Tuggerah Lake with waterRIDE LITE. Users toggle through current, minor, moderate, major, and probable maximum flooding (PMF) options for color-coded map layers. A council-wide digital tool built with Esri displays flood precincts, PMF risk levels, and 1-in-100-year hazard classifications. Council officials complemented these new tools with online resources for flood mitigation and emergency planning.
Central Coast, NSW
Greater Geelong, VIC protects grey-headed flying foxes in local park with smart irrigation system
The grey-headed flying fox is considered a vulnerable species with high susceptibility to heat stress. Greater Geelong and community organizations installed climate sensors in trees surrounding a flying fox colony in Eastern Park. The sensors evaluate temperature and humidity with nearby smart sprinklers activated to cool the colony. Recent sensor data are available for public review in the council's Data Exchange platform.
Greater Geelong, VIC
Auckland Council, NZ Future Fit tool for carbon footprint reduction expands into business community
Auckland Council introduced Future Fit in 2019 as an online tool for residents to measure and reduce their environmental impacts. A recently introduced version encourages emission-reduction efforts among corporate teams and small businesses. Future Fit uses questionnaires and national data to calculate personal footprints at the outset of participation. Companies track real-time footprint changes as employees complete 30 activities in six categories.
Auckland Council, NZ
Otago Regional Council, NZ Native Planting Guide promotes biodiversity and climate resilience
The interactive resource assists landowners with species selection for landscaping and planting projects. Users click on the map or enter their addresses for location-specific ecosystem reports. Each PDF report includes a list of native species with details such as maximum height, growth rate, and environmental tolerances. Additional resources in the Native Planting Guide include guides for shrubland or coastal planting and native planting principles.
Otago Regional Council, NZ
San Diego, CA partners with Shell New Energies on microgrids for municipal buildings
Solar-powered microgrids will be installed at eight facilities including fire stations, police stations, and recreation centers. The microgrids store energy in on-site batteries and power buildings during peak hours for the utility grid. Each microgrid site acts as an emergency shelter for the surrounding neighborhood during blackouts and natural disasters. City officials pursued this project as part of its 100% renewable energy goal for municipal buildings by 2035.
San Diego, CA
Baw Baw, VIC Information Network monitors weather and natural disaster risks around the clock
Shire officials received a state grant to install a 24-hour sensor network for improved resiliency. Seven Attentis sensors were installed throughout Baw Baw and feed data into a public dashboard. The Information Network dashboard presents current wind strength and direction at key locations. Sensors also gather real-time measurements of particulate matter, humidity, and temperature. Baw Baw uses thermal imaging and video footage for rapid responses to emergency situations.
Baw Baw, VIC
London Borough of Merton, GB takes lead on world-first low-emission zone for construction vehicles
The borough-led Cleaner Construction for London project established a zone for non-road mobile machinery (NRMM). Regulated machinery such as generators and excavators with outputs of 37 to 560 kilowatts are regularly evaluated for compliance. There is an online registry for NRMMs and new vehicles must meet emission requirements prior to use. The gradual rollout of the NRMM zone encouraged competition among bidding contractors to achieve lower emission levels.
London Borough of Merton, GB
Helsinki, FI reduces the environmental impacts of events with its carbon footprint calculator
City officials worked with Sitowise on an easy-to-use calculator for event organizers. The calculator asks for user assessments of event impacts in areas like waste, procurement, and transportation. The resulting assessment helps an organizer identify high-emission activities or purchases that aren't essential to event management. Helsinki pursued this tool as part of its five-year plan for carbon-neutral festivals, meetings, and gatherings.