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Elizabeth Daigneau

Contributing Writer

Elizabeth Daigneau is managing editor of GOVERNING Magazine, sister publication to Government Technology.

The growing push to meet renewable energy goals has cities looking to a low-tech solution that has worked throughout Europe for more than 40 years.
Governments have hundreds of thousands of data sets available for public use, but much of that information can be difficult to comprehend or visualize.
It's unclear how many of them will qualify for the home repair effort, a key component of the state's plan for addressing the needs of thousands of displaced flood victims.
"Shelter At Home" was unveiled this week as a key component of the state's plan for addressing the needs of thousands of flood victims who have been displaced from their homes.
The flooding across South Louisiana has left at least 13 people dead and thousands more displaced.
It hasn't yet been decided, but another option that FEMA will weigh as it assists with recovery is placing people in manufactured housing units in Louisiana.
Many municipalities have switched to LED streetlights to save energy and money. But the change still comes at a cost.
The nation's driest city wants to market its water-saving efforts to the rest of the world.
The state is working toward becoming the first to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources. Getting there won’t be easy.
En-ROADS, a newly developed climate predicting tool, could help cities test whether (and how much) specific energy policies can slow global warming.
In a decision that could spell the end for coal in the West, Oregon became the first state in the nation to pass legislation to completely do away with the dirty energy source.
To curb the methane released as food decomposes, which contributes to global warming, more and more cities are at how to divert that food waste from landfills.
A new state website details not just the effects of climate change, but also how people can help.
You most likely saw a photo or video of the millions of black plastic balls covering the Los Angeles Reservoir. They protect the region’s drinking water, but now they're being replaced.
There are reasons to believe America is at a turning point for changing the cars that cops and other public employees drive.
The answer may lie in Blacksburg, Va.'s "Solarize Blacksburg" program.
The more water people save, the more money utilities lose. But new pricing models could change that.
Somerville, Mass., is partnering with green companies to meet its environmental goals — and hopefully help other cities meet theirs.
The desert city has plans to take its long-running relationship with waste innovation a step further: It wants to turn trash into cash.
In an effort to make rentals more sustainable, city officials in 14 college towns banded together to create a website that shows renters what they would pay in utilities.
Despite states’ e-recycling laws, electronics are the fastest-growing type of waste in landfills.
Every state that’s tried to repeal renewable energy standards has failed, but attacks may resurface in several states this year.
Solar energy is one of the nation’s fastest-growing industries. But it and other renewables are eating into utilities' profits, which have begun asking cities and states for help.
After struggling to restore millions of people's power in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey has become the first state with a “green” bank focused on energy resilience.
Wastewater treatment plants are often the biggest consumers of electricity in their areas. Gresham, Ore., and Washington, D.C., are making moves to change that.
The old approach to how humans interact with nature is getting new life in an effort to make cities more sustainable.
Thanks to desalination plants, Israel is no longer worried about its water supply. So why aren't there more desalination plants in the U.S.?
Municipalities are beginning to test microgrids, which can provide power to critical facilities and operate independently if the main grid loses power.