The People of Bogotá Want Cleaner Air. Will the City Listen?

The People of Bogotá Want Cleaner Air. Will the City Listen?

Bogotá is one of Latin America’s most polluted cities – but thanks to its citizens, its air may be getting cleaner.
A decision from the mayor’s office to keep using diesel fuels in the next generation of buses in the city’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, TransMilenio, set loose a series of events, led by citizens, demanding cleaner air and challenging the local paradigm that less-polluting fuels are too expensive to consider. Today, Bogotá is closer than ever to a cleaner BRT fleet.
What can we learn from Bogotá? Citizens have the power to promote sustainable development, even when there is an apparent lack of political leadership through sustained political organizing and pressure.

Cybersecurity and the power grid

Cybersecurity and the power grid

In the face of the mounting threats of cyberattacks and the vulnerable, interdependent electric grid systems, governments, utilities, businesses, and people need to come together and do what is necessary to be prepared. No one can afford to be complacent. This was the message at the Energy Infrastructure and Cybersecurity forum held by Leaders in Energy at Make Offices in Arlington, VA (Clarendon) on June 1, 2017.

Government sustainability experts inspire at GW

Government sustainability experts inspire at GW

Two sustainability leaders at the federal and municipal level participated in a Town Hall discussion at the 3rd Annual Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza on February 24, 2017 at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. The extravaganza featured a series of panels, including a CWEEL luncheon, discussion on sustainability at college campuses, presentations by vendors with sustainable solutions, and a networking reception. This article is the first in a series of articles recapping the highlights of this year’s extravaganza.

Sustainable Facilities Embrace the Circular Economy

By TRAVIS HIGH, Strategy Manager, Leaders in Energy As the world’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases and the largest economy, the U.S. plays an important...

Smart Grid Perspectives – Bottlenecks in Today’s Grid Transformation

By BERT TAUBE, Ph.D. “Smart Grid” is a term coined in the early 2000s to refer to the necessary electric grid modernization in the U.S....

Growing a Canopy of Action on Urban Forestry and Green Infrastructure

Growing a Canopy of Action on Urban Forestry and Green Infrastructure

By KERRY WORTHINGTON, Leaders in Energy Leaders in Energy partnered with the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability at Virginia Tech in Arlington, Virginia along...

Smart Cities Event: It Takes a Village to Build a Smart City

Smart Cities Event: It Takes a Village to Build a Smart City

By KERRY WORTHINGTON, Leaders in Energy Whether it’s using existing resources more efficiently or developing new technologies, everyone can be involved in building a smarter...

Cities of The Future: Integrating Climate Planning and Smart Technologies

Cities of The Future: Integrating Climate Planning and Smart Technologies

By ARMANDO GAETANIELLO, Leaders in Energy In 2012, the economic cost of climate change related damages had already topped the US government’s spending for transportation...

Building a Responsive Energy Infrastructure for the Future

Building a Responsive Energy Infrastructure for the Future

By KERRY WORTHINGTON Rain or shine, a crowd of energy professionals were on cloud nine at the “Building a Responsive Energy Infrastructure for the Future” event...