A key trait of many organizers and advocates is the ability to question why the established world is the way it is and to have the creative capacity to envision an alternative. This isn’t creativity in the K-12 school sense—can you make up a short story, can you draw a picture of a fantasy creature—but a more subtle kind that involves making tweaks to the familiar and mundane.

In anticipation of the release of A New Way Forward: Envisioning a Carbon-Free Transportation System, we've compiled some of our recent blogs on transportation and climate change.

If electrification and renewable energy alone can get us to 100% carbon-free travel, why worry about transit, bike lanes, shared vehicles, land-use policy or any other strategy for greening transportation? Here are five reasons why.

Estimating the costs of losing the Clean Power Plan using newly released data from the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration.

As America seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, policy-makers need to understand that not all our cities face the same opportunities or challenges.

Electric vehicles, multiple flavors of “shared mobility” services, information technology apps and tools, new concepts for building “complete streets,” and other advances give policy-makers an ever-expanding array of ingredients that can be combined in new and exciting ways to create cleaner, greener and more efficient systems for moving people and goods around our communities.

If you can dream it, you can do it. Or, rather, only if you can dream it can you then proceed to do it. Acknowledging that dreams sometimes come true is the first step in opening the door for transformative change.

The task of transportation and climate advocates in these next few years is to identify and work to achieve the contemporaneous and mutually reinforcing shifts in public policy, economics, technology and culture that can make seemingly impossible changes happen quickly.

A transformed transportation system offers tremendous benefits, including reducing emissions, saving taxpayers and consumers money, making communities safer and healthier, and boosting local economies.

The powerful wind blowing along and off the shores of the East Coast contains enough energy to provide more electricity than the region uses in a year, from Miami to D.C., up to New York and Boston. 

Society's problems are not simple, but they are solvable if we follow a few basic principles.

Does America need to rely on natural gas as a "bridge fuel" on the way to reaching its clean energy goals?

Will we come to debate highway expansion projects that fuel carbon-intensive land uses and travel patterns with the same intensity as we did Keystone XL? I’m not sure. But the creation of greenhouse gas performance metrics will help to ensure that at least they are debated. And that is a big step forward.

In last week's Boston Globe an MIT economics professor argued that the fastest and fairest way to transition to a clean energy economy is to shift government policy support away from distributed solar, and toward utility-scale solar. But distributed, rooftop solar has particular benefits to the environment, to society and to electricity customers that make it worth the investment.

“Moving to the suburbs” can mean something quite different than it did 20 or 30 years ago.

Evidence is emerging that one type of dangerous resistant infection linked to factory farms – urinary tract infections caused by resistant E coli – is becoming increasingly widespread, particularly in children.

Our new report Solar Schools for Philadelphia found environmental and economic benefits for putting solar panels on Philadelphia schools. So if solar panels make economic sense for Philadelphia, shouldn’t they make sense just about everywhere? 

Bike-friendly cities show us that there is no need to wait for new technology to begin the process of transformation.

Can the small-scale financial and social benefits that are out there for drivers be applied more equitably to also benefit transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists?


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