Author: Michael Shank

Let’s Get to Grips With the Housing Crisis — The Young Demand It

POLITICO 06/13/24 By Michael Shank Incumbent leaders have largely failed to tackle key socioeconomic issues like the rising cost of housing. All across Europe and the U.S., new right parties are rising to power, threatening progress on many social and environmental issues, including critical climate action. The recent EU parliamentary […]

Six Steps to Decarbonising Buildings

CITYCHANGERS 06/11/24 By Michael Shank and Irene Garcia This article was written for by Irene Garcia, Built Environment Lead, and Michael Shank, Director of Engagement, both with the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance. In it, they outline a six-step plan – illustrated by examples of how these steps have been implemented […]

From Housing Dystopias to Housing Utopias

REVOLVE 05/30/24 By Areti Vlachodimou Millions of European citizens struggle to afford housing bills, but there is hope on the horizon Housing and mental wellbeing are intertwined. Imagine that over 40% of your income had to go towards covering your rent and bills, which is the minimum threshold used to […]

How Policymakers Can Keep Climate Top of Mind—Even if Trump Wins

FAST COMPANY 05/30/24 By Michael Shank There’s fear in the climate community that November’s presidential elections could upend all the work that President Joe Biden’s administration has done on clean energy and environmental justice. As a result, there’s a mad dash to get climate funding out the door in case […]

Making Sustainability Stick in Government Regardless of Administrations

APOLITICAL 05/29/24 By Michael Shank This article is written by Dr Michael Shank, director of engagement at the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance. Michael also teaches sustainable development at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. The following article is written in his personal capacity. The problem: Environmental programming risks getting […]

European Cities Are Becoming Climate Champs. You Could Be One, Too

EURONEWS 05/14/24 By Michael Shank All of the examples from Oslo, Stockholm, and Amsterdam represent new thinking and creative approaches to decarbonising a complex system in a partnered, multi-leveled way. And that’s the future of climate action and policy, Dr Michael Shank writes. A new acronym in the climate space […]

A Way to Protect Environmental Regulations From Trump 2.0

NEWSWEEK 05/03/24 By Michael Shank There’s a scramble in President Joe Biden’s administration to get out the door as much funding as possible for clean energy and environmental justice projects before it’s too late. This is evident across the administration, but it’s especially apparent at the Environmental Protection Agency and […]

Why Climate Leaders Need to Prioritise Housing and Economic Concerns

APOLITICAL 04/22/24 By Michael Shank This article was written by Dr. Michael Shank, Director of Engagement, Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance. The problem: The climate community still isn’t adequately prioritising the public’s socio-economic concerns and needs. Why it matters: We’re alienating and excluding whole sectors of society by not attending to […]

Climate Budgeting and the Art of De-siloing City Governance

APOLITICAL 03/10/24 By Michael Shank Environmental budgeting processes in Oslo are introducing a new form of city governance featuring fewer silos, greater collaboration and more efficiencies and benefits across government. This article is written by Dr. Michael Shank, Director of Engagement at the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance. The problem: There […]