Streetlights make up 2% of nationwide electrical demand. Some cities have started experimenting with innovative new streetlight designs. Some turn themselves off in bright moonlight or power themselves from nearby rivers. Others totally rethink the classic streetlight shape (which would never fly in most of DC). (Infrastructurist, Jaime) (Tip: Jaime)
Casey Trees issued a report card on DC’s trees, giving the city a B. It fared worst on tree protection, and best on the overall health of trees. (Washington Business Journal, Gavin Baker) (Tip: Gavin Baker)
Have Obama’s first 100 days greened DC?
The Obama administration has now passed 100 days. City Renewed looks at his environmental impact so far. (Tip: Brandon F.)
Energy efficiency stimulus will go to solar panels and bags
DC will use its energy efficiency stimulus money for two projects: solar panels on schools, and free reusable bags. Chris C isn’t so sure those are the best priorities, wishing for weatherization, green building, and private solar panel grants. (Green Building Law Update) (Tip: Chris C.)
U Street hotel gets a little shorter
The developers of the proposed hotel on U Street, which I kept meaning to write about but never got a chance, have cut one story off the top. 14th and You liked it better taller.
The booklet discusses ways to attract “home-seekers of the desired class” by promoting the neighborhood’s advantages, including schools, churches, transportation, and having a cooler climate thanks to its higher altitude than downtown. (Red Sky at Night)