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TOD Standard


The Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Standard is an effort by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. It draws on international expertise to come to a common understanding of what constitutes urban development best practice in promoting sustainable urban transport.

Solutions for Cities: An Analysis of the Feasibility Studies from the Future Cities Demonstrator Programme


The UK Technology Strategy Board challenged UK cities to show how they would integrate their city systems to create better places to live and work. This report highlights the common trends and themes that unite these unique city visions of a smarter, more sustainable future.

The Public Health Costs of Traffic Congestion


Emissions from vehicles idling in traffic jams will result in 1,600 premature deaths and $13 billion in "total social costs" in the U.S. by 2020, according to a study from the Harvard Center for Risk Assessment. As city leaders around the world seek smarter transportation options, this report may help make the case.

Speed Matters: Benefits of Broadband


This white paper on the benefits of broadband from the Communications Workers of America makes the point that high-speed Internet access has become vital to the success of individuals and communities. It suggests governmental action—in partnership with the private sector—is essential to stimulate broadband investment.

Integrated Distribution Planning Concept Paper


In areas with the most robust distributed generation growth in the U.S., the Interstate Renewable Energy Council says applications to interconnect new generation sources have overwhelmed utility processes, causing project delays, and in some cases, imposing prohibitive costs. This white paper suggests a proactive strategy.

The Dynamics of Opening Government Data


Street construction projects are a big deal for businesses in the area where the construction is occurring, for citizens who need to get from Point A to Point B in a timely fashion and for neighborhood residents who must endure the noise and commotion. City officials will be interested in how a Canadian city is using an open government initiative to make construction season less stressful.