A new report was released by the Center for Clean Air Policy entitled, "Growing Wealthier: Smart Growth, Climate Change and Prosperity." Authors Chuck Kooshian and Steve Winkelman discuss how application of smart growth principles can improve the bottom line for businesses, households and governments by increasing property values, cutting fuel and infrastructure costs, creating jobs, enhancing public health and strengthening communities.
In the report, which was funded by Surdna, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation, the authors make the observation that application of smart growth principles can improve the bottom line for businesses, household budgets and government balance sheets by increasing property values, cutting fuel and infrastructure costs, creating jobs, enhancing public health and strengthening communities. Cities investing in public transportation and downtown development are experiencing cost savings, growing tax revenues, increased property values and booming retail sales, while pent-up demand for walkable communities is reshaping the real estate market.
As part of WNET's Blueprint America series supported in part by Surdna, this new documentary, Beyond the Motor City, examines how Detroit's past investments in infrastructure have shaped the city's physical layout, population growth and economic development -- and helped determine its current place as a symbol of the United States' lagging and outdated transportation system. The documentary takes viewers on a journey from the city's past -- when it boasted the nation's most extensive streetcar system -- to its present blighted urban landscape, before showcasing modern transportation innovations in Spain, California, and Washington, where 21st century systems are transforming cities and demonstrating the possibilities for a renewed vision of the role of infrastructure in Detroit and across America.
If you missed the on-air showing, you can now view the entire documentary on the PBS Website.
This report, put together with research by the Renewable Energy Policy Project in collaboration with the Blue Green Alliance, a Surdna grantee, examines how U.S. manufacturers can realize significant economic benefits from clean energy development. The report includes a set of policy recommendations that can help revitalize the American manufacturing sector by making the transition to clean energy production, and which would create hundreds of thousands of jobs for American workers. Especially in the Midwest, where manufacturing once provided the backbone for prosperous communities, a renewed focus on manufacturing may serve as a building block for the post-carbon communities of the twenty-first century. To read the report, click here.
Funded in part by Surdna, This Energy Programs Consortium report on implementing a national residential energy efficiency program covers energy consumption and carbon emissions in the residential housing sector, potential energy savings, and financing tools to fund retrofit strategies. Click here to read more.
The Transportation Equity Network and Transportation for America, both Surdna grantees, detail exactly how tough economic times are affecting public transportation systems across the country. Click here to read more.
Supported by Surdna, this report presents the findings of an intensive, two-year effort by the Bipartisan Policy Center to develop multi-stakeholder consensus recommendations for a forward-looking American transportation policy. Click here to read more.
The Political Economy Research Institute, a Surdna grantee, considers the effects of a $150 billion annual investment in clean energy on raising living standards for lower-income workers and families. Click here to read more.
One hundred twenty days after the Stimulus package passed, Surdna grantee Smart Growth America asks the question: Are states using stimulus funds to create jobs and 21st century transportation? Click here to read more.
A special report supported by Surdna focusing on how cleaner energy can mean newer and better American jobs. Click here to read more.
A roadmap for revitalizing America's manufacturing sector, this report from Surdna grantee The Apollo Alliance makes the case for federal investment in the domestic manufacture of clean energy equipment and components, and in making manufacturing plants more energy efficient overall. Click here to read more.