San Jose, CA starts Cash for Trash initiative to empower homeless residents and reduce blight
City officials kicked off Cash for Trash to clean waste left at 40 sites across San Jose. Homeless residents are provided bags by the BeautifySJ team for trash collection. Each participant can collect up to five bags per day at $4 per bag. These funds are loaded on reusable debit cards intended for food, toiletries, and other essentials. Cash for Trash blends short-term blight reduction goals with important connections to city services for the unhoused.
San Jose, CA
Greater Geelong, VIC presents the city through IoT datasets with Geelong Data Exchange
This open data portal features more than 130 datasets gathered from the city's IoT network. Exchange users access information including CCTV locations, real-time parking availability, and 50-year population estimates. Developers added chart and map creation tools to the portal for simple visualizations. The council provides 3D data to developers in exchange for copies of finished digital models as part of the exchange.
Greater Geelong, VIC
Cambridgeshire County Council, GB converts trio of public properties into solar farms
Council leaders are working with PECT to develop solar installations at North Angle Farm, Babraham Road Park and Ride, and the Stanground landfill. New solar farms will produce enough energy to power 13,300 houses each year. Social media campaigns and virtual workshops generate public feedback on the installations. These projects help Cambridgeshire County achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 with lifetime carbon savings of nearly 113,000 tons.
Cambridgeshire County Council, GB
Sunshine Coast, QLD incorporates ASPIRE platform into efforts to reduce landfill waste
ASPIRE is an online tool for businesses to sell, buy, and trade waste with other businesses. Local companies list everything from old electronics to wood waste on the platform. Interested parties search for their desired materials and set notifications for new listings. CSIRO and Data61 incorporated an algorithm into the search tool for relevant recommendations. Sunshine Coast is using ASPIRE to encourage circular economic practices by local companies.
Sunshine Coast, QLD
Bayside, NSW encourages users to compare old and new property tax rates with new online calculator
Bayside is introducing one property rate across the former Botany and Rockdale government areas in 2021. The online calculator shows the current and future rates for every address in the council. Homeowners also find explainers on the ins and outs of rate changes. The calculator features a request form for rate notices from previous years. Council officials included an online survey for calculator users concerned about the changes.
Orlando, FL turns campaign signs into green energy with post-election recycling program
Orlando and Winter Park established an 18-day window for residents to drop off signs at five locations. Code enforcement officials also collect signs from intersections and public spaces. City staffers deliver gathered signs to local firm NuCycle Energy. Campaign signs are turned into Enviro-Fuelcubes used as low-emission energy for concrete manufacturing. The cities worked with the local League of Women Voters of Orange County to promote the program.
Winter Park, FL
Orlando, FL works with Arcimoto to pilot ultra-efficient electric vehicles across six departments
The three-month pilot will test Arcimoto three-wheeled vehicles across departments with high annual mileage. Personnel with the Orlando Fire Department, the Code Enforcement Division, and others will compare these all-electric models to their standard vehicles. Arcimoto offers the Fun Utility Vehicle for everyday use, the Deliverator for cargo deliveries, and the Rapid Responder for emergencies. This pilot represents the company's first foray into municipal fleets.
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, GB encourages local purchases with Shop Darwen program
Locally owned shops can apply to participate in the Shop Darwen campaign. Borough staff provides window stickers and posters to promote business participation. Each business also displays informational materials on how shopping local boosts the borough's economic prospects. Every purchase of £5 or more at Shop Darwen businesses is an entry into a monthly drawing for £50 in vouchers. This campaign is designed to rejuvenate the town center after the initial wave of COVID-19.
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, GB
Exeter City Council, GB collaborates with Chamber of Commerce on Exeter Works job support portal
Exeter Works is an easy-to-use website that supports local job seekers and employers. Professionals find local and national resources to develop new skills and shift gears after redundancies. Employers learn how to find qualified applicants, financing, and support services in a challenging economy. A section for residents aged 16 to 24 connects to trainee opportunities, apprenticeships, and a youth training hub.
Exeter City Council, GB
Exeter City Council, GB takes on coffee pod build-up in landfills with recycling initiative
Exeter is working with a Nestle-back nonprofit called Podback to shift single-use pods from landfills to recycling centers. City residents will sort coffee pods into bags attached to their recycling bins. Waste collection teams package these pods at the Materials Reclamation Facility for delivery to recycling partners. The Podback partnership first addresses select brands like Nespresso with the long-term goal of recycling 100% of pods consumed in the United Kingdom.
Exeter City Council, GB
Cambridge City Council, GB introduces first plug-in electric collection lorry as part of fleet shift
The Dennis Eagle eCollect gathers recycling bins as part of the city's Shared Waste Service with South Cambridgeshire. This all-electric vehicle relies on a 200kW motor and five battery packs to complete each route on a single charge. Shared Waste Service's depot uses solar energy to recharge the eCollect along with two passenger vans. Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire plan to convert the 55-vehicle collection fleet to electric or hydrogen models.
Cambridge City Council, GB
South Cambridgeshire District Council, GB
Cambridge City Council, GB creates Shared Supported Housing Initiative as long-term housing solution
Cambridge leased five three-bedroom houses and assigned Town Hall Lettings to manage the properties. Each furnished property will house two homeless residents willing to share accommodations. A support advisor is assigned to each home for check-in, follow-up conversations, and assistance with household needs. Cambridge provides training and employment services for participants along with affordable monthly rents.
Cambridge City Council, GB
Redland, QLD plans an organic waste program to keep Karragarra Island waste close to home
Participants will drop food and garden waste at the Karragarra Community Garden during the three-month pilot. Council officials and project partners are building a solar-powered composting system for the garden. This eco-friendly system generates zero emissions when creating forced aeration flows. Island residents will be surveyed before, during, and after to determine program effectiveness. Karragarra Island hopes to reduce 235 tons of food waste sent to landfills each year.
Braintree District Council, GB encourages businesses to trade online with e-commerce website program
Locally owned businesses in the hospitality and retail industries are eligible to apply for e-commerce assistance. The council and LocaliQ evaluate applications for entrepreneurs without websites impacted negatively by COVID-19. This evaluation also determines if an applicant's products and services translate well to online purchases. Ten companies receive free e-commerce websites and training on how to maintain their online presence.
Braintree District Council, GB
Caledon, ON tracks COVID-19 risks in town facilities with mobile screening survey
The COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire asks if the user is an employee or visitor to activate different paths. Additional self-screening questions about symptoms, recent travel, and planned building visits must be answered before each visitor entry. Survey responses are automatically sent to building personnel, replacing in-person interviews. Caledon's IT team developed the survey to work on desktop and mobile devices with data protections to secure user privacy.
Williamsburg, VA partners with Verizon on free broadband pilot in Highland Park neighborhood
The city selected Highland Park due to its size and proximity to Verizon's wireless network equipment. Participants receive routers from local contractors to access no-cost broadband in their homes. The six-month pilot evaluates benefits and challenges for a citywide broadband network using existing infrastructure rather than new fiber. Williamsburg also pursued this connectivity trial to help residents stay connected during COVID-19.
Whakatane District Council, NZ trialed a new courtesy crossing installation to protect pedestrians
Whakatane District Council trialed a new courtesy crossing installation to protect pedestrians and cyclists on a high-use road and in a semi-rural area. The courtesy crossing includes "dragon's teeth" and "red carpet" road markings alongside a centre refuge island which encourage cautious driving. Courtesy crossings area not officially pedestrian crossings but they are designed to provide safe accessways.
Whakatane District Council, NZ
Whakatane District Council, NZ modernized its Annual Residents Survey with online options
Whakatane District Council contracted SIL Research to develop a new modern approach for the Annual Residents Survey. The mixed-method approach combines web-based, social media, and postal surveys with landline/mobile telephone surveys. The survey is now conducted quarterly instead of annually in order to receive regular feedback. The Council updated its survey process to better assess the community's views on the quality of its services and identify areas that still need improvement.
Whakatane District Council, NZ
Cochrane, AB developed the "Open & Safe" campaign to support local businesses recovery from COVID-19
The Cochrane Economic Recovery Task Force developed the "Open & Safe" campaign to support local businesses. The awareness campaign was designed to encourage shopping by reassuring residents that local businesses were following COVID-19 safety protocols. The town created an online directory of participating businesses and provided support materials including checklists, door signs, and stickers.
Cochrane, AB is auditing 10,000 residential recycling bins to assess contamination levels
The Town of Cochrane is conducting an audit of residential recycling bins in order to assess contamination levels. The town contracted third-party auditors to examine 10,000 residential blue carts and determine if they contain any non-recyclable materials. In conjunction with the audit, the town is increasing the penalty for contaminated recycling loads and educating residents on common contamination issues.
Colac Otway, VIC builds toward its carbon-neutral goals with Community Library solar installation
A 30kW rooftop solar installation generates 40 megawatt-hours per year for the library and learning center. This system reduces the facility's annual energy costs by $10,000 AUD and reduces emissions by 46 tons per year. Colac Otway also added LED lights that further reduce annual costs and emissions by $2,770 AUD and 12.5 tons, respectively. Interested parties can use the council's Solar Initiative website to track daily solar output at four installations.
Colac Otway, VIC