EcoPact is sold at a range of low-carbon levels from 30%-100% less carbon emissions compared to the traditional concrete by using a circular business model by using waste from demolition of other projects
Company integrates fine mixed granulate from construction and demolition material as an additive. Concrete mix is currently available in many European and South American countries
Belfast Valley, a Baltimore-based contractor, is using EcoPact on Georgetown university 12 story residence hall building which is the first major construction project in Washington DC. to use the green products
Products formation seem to not be much different than the traditional concrete except when temperatures fall at or below freezing where concrete sets slower than traditional concrete
Contractors and developers
Governments who set sustainability goals
EcoPact to ramp up marketing the product at a larger scale
Work with cement plant where the product is being marketed to make sure supply is available
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a pilot version of a no-cost, no-touch software system for cities and counties across the country to streamline rooftop solar permits in late 2020
Besides gaining efficiency, local governments can count on SolarAPP to increase permitting fee revenue, enhance local resilience, establish safe solar-grid connections, and accelerate job growth in solar energy
SolarAPP is beneficial for both compliant and non-compliant solar project designs. If a system is compliant, SolarAPP will approve the design and issue a permit instantly. If a system is not compliant, SolarAPP will decline the application and clarify why the system was not code-compliant, allowing the contractor to go back and revise their application in real time
SolarAPP is compatible with local government permitting software, including Accela and OpenGov, which serve thousands of local governments across the United States
DEPLOYMENT STRATEGY NATIONALLY
NREL to start a campaign and market the app
Target marketing to areas with 150 and more days of sunshine
Airbnb teamed up with governments and tourism organizations to add the City portal for locally-specific data. The dashboard includes local and global insights into the short-term rental market characteristics, which helps governments and tourism organizations to take advantage of the information. information is currently available for certain big cities.
local information(restaurants, entertainment, etc.) is available to travelers in one location
Tourism organizations can see where the guests are coming from and adjust their marketing accordingly
Governments can develop fair short-term rental policies and regulations and allocate appropriate taxes
Central location for resources such as neighborhood support hotline and where law enforcement supports may be needed
Policing the policies is easier if officials have questions or receive complaints as the information is all in one place
Local businesses and communities
Since this portal has already been established for larger cities and hot vacation spots, an initiative to expand to smaller towns and communities will benefit the local communities.
Establish a group within Airbnb, or government funded team, to research and prepare a list of isolated vacation locations that could be added to the existing hot vacation spots.
Reach out to local businesses and potential available rental properties to expand the database
Market these isolated new locations with a campaign slogan “Spread-out America” to ease back into normality post COVID19 pandemic.
City of Detroit to partner with Google to create a portal specifically for affordable housing in Detroit to make it easier for Detroiters to find and apply for affordable housing
13 employees of the Housing and Revitalization Department(HRD) will be working with Google.org to create and maintain the site. Timeline for completion of the site is end of 2021 and citizens will be able to filter and search for different housing options and this will enable citizens to rent and stay in the City.
The City is also ramping up their affordable housing portfolio and their goal is to create equal opportunity for everyone.
City of Detroit
Office of the Mayor
Department of Housing and Revitalization
Citizens of Detroit
Hiring skillful individuals to work on developing the portal
Identifying the available affordable housing portfolio
Broadcast and promote the website. advertise on buses and billboards throughout underserved communities
Public-private partnership between Duke Energy and Charlottes Area Transit System(CATS) will pilot a program to utilize 18 battery operated bus vehicles in the city and surrounding areas. Program to begin in early 2022 and span over 12-18 months
Pilot program is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge, and FTA(Federal Transit Administration) and CATS Capital Investment Program will fund the pilot program.
Some challenges as CATS collects and assesses the data are:
high upfront cost
performance of the busses for long and frequent routes
finding/testing manufacturers that best suite city’s weather, topography and needs
Charlottes Area Transit System(CATS)
Duke Energy – subsidiary of eTransEnergy
Residents of Charlotte, NC and surrounding areas
Federal Transit Administration(FTA)
Three steps to deploy the technology (assuming funding is in place)
Work with manufacturers that are interested in participating in the program and bus selection
Identify charging needs and potential charging stations and associated infrastructure to support the stations, as buses will draw more energy than the electric cars
Identify bus routes and areas that the program will serve based on above