Accountability for our Aging Infrastructure

Kavitha Rajagopalan writes a commentary piece about the lack of accountability  for building disasters and the need for cities at the local level to address the aging infrastructure.

She states:

“Emerging thinking in resilience shows that true sustainability begins when communities are responsible for their own governance. The people who live in a place and use its resources are the best sources of information on how sufficient those resources are or how well they are functioning. Only when local residents are empowered to become “stewards” of their lived environment can they make the best use of this information.”

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“Energy Efficiency and Technologies in America’s Cities”- USMayors.org

“Whether it is deploying LEDs and other state-of-the-art lighting technologies, retrofitting public and private buildings or installing new solar energy systems, these priority activities are examples of how mayoral leadership is changing energy use in our cities. And, the findings in this survey also demonstrate how mayors and cities are adapting to changing conditions and partnerships, while still leading the nation on its energy and climate challenges.”– Tom Cochran

Summary of survey results:

  • 29% of cities choose LED/energy-efficient lighting  as the energy technology receiving top priority in their cities within the next two years.  Solar systems and building retrofits are second at 19%.
  • In 45% of surveyed cities- the City operating budget &

    City capital improvement program are “

    How Cities Expect to Finance Their Top Priority Technology”

  • 71% of the cities say that the utilities are the “most important partners in deploying new energy technologies”
  • 84% of cities say budget/funding constraints pose the “Most Significant Challenges in Advancing Energy Efficiency and Conservation”
  • 36% of cities have developed a “Comprehensive Energy Plan”
  • 40-50% of cities creating programs for residents and business for “Engaging the Local Community on Climate Activities”

http://usmayors.org/pressreleases/uploads/2014/0122-report-energyefficiency.pdf