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- Guidebook: Post Carbon Cities: Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty, a guidebook for local governments

- Data: Local governments that have responded to peak oil

- Programs: Recommended programs, a few key organizations and programs for local governments

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    Published by Public Entity Environmental Management System Resource Center

    A new Guidebook designed to help utilities systematically assess their current energy costs and practices, set measurable performance improvement goals and monitor their progress over time is now available from the PEER Center. The guide is specifically written to provide water and wastewater utility managers with a step-by-step method to improve energy efficiency and renewable opportunities.

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    Published by The Bay Area Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Build It Green

    A basic guide for taking a more sustainable approach to rehabbing multifamily rental properties, focused on important changes that can be made while rehabilitating multifamily units. While this is not as exciting on the surface as new zero-energy buildings, efficiencies can be one of our greatest tools in reducing energy use, and encouraging efficiencies at the time of rehab may be the best time to capture those opportunities in rental buildings.

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    Published by the BYPAD consortium

    BYPAD (Bicycle policy audit) is an instrument for evaluating local and regional cycling policy and improvement of its quality. BYPAD has been developed, applied and continuously improved since 1999, with support from the European Commission. Meanwhile more than 100 cities and regions in 20 European countries are evaluating and improving their cycling policy, supervised by 34 certified auditors from these countries. BYPAD has become a European quality standard for cycling policy and a vital European network.

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    Published by The National Academy of Sciences

    This booklet presents recommendations from the National Academies' many expert reports on climate change in an easy-to-read format. Now in its third edition, the booklet includes an expanded section on impacts and updated figures and graphics. A short and readable basic introduction to the science.

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    Published by Somerset County Council

    The county council of Somerset, in southeast England, voted unanimously in support of a resolution that makes them the UK’s first ‘Transition Local Authority’. Adopting the transition town principles and goals means putting energy use and climate change into the mix in future planning.

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    Published by Center for Neighborhood Technology

    The Housing + Transportation Affordability Index, developed by CNT and its collaborative partners, the Center for Transit Oriented Development (CTOD), is an innovative tool that measures the true affordability of housing. Planners, lenders, and most consumers traditionally measure housing affordability as 30 percent or less of income. The Housing + Transportation Affordability Index, in contrast, takes into account not just the cost of housing, but also the intrinsic value of place, as quantified through transportation costs. Click here to explore how this looks in 52 metropolitan areas in the US.

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    Published by U.S. EPA

    The EPA has many resources to help municipalities implement parts of their climate change reduction goals. This report lists EPA grants and other programs that may be of use.

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    Published by U.S. PIRG Education Fund

    This report shows why rail, rapid buses and other forms of public transit must play a more prominent role in the United States' future transportation system. For every dollar invested in transit, there are nearly two dollars in avoided costs on top of the economic development benefits. Despite these benefits, the United States has historically underinvested in transit.

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    Published by

    The "walk score" uses the proximity of various businesses - grocery stores, drug stores, movie theaters - to calculate the walkability of neighborhoods. Allows visualization of this aspect of accessibility and may help diagnose what works to promote this kind of development.

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    Published by The United States Conference of Mayors

    Modeled on the Kyoto Protocol, the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement commits its signatories to strive to meet or beat Kyoto limits on greenhouse gases while pushing state and federal governments to take their own measures.

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    Published by Earthscan

    This highly recommended book for lays out the challenges of our growing dependence on transport fueled by cheap oil. Written for professionals and students in transport, energy, city planning and public policy, Transport Revolutions argues that land transport in the first half of the 21st century will feature at least two revolutions: the use of electric drives over internal combustion engines, and the powering these drives directly from the electric grid. They also discuss marine transport and aviation, the latter of which could see dramatic breaks from current practice.

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    Published by Environmental Law Institute

    The Environmental Law Institute has issued a report providing a detailed review of selected municipal green building policies that address private-sector development. Covering all regions of the United States, Municipal Green Building Policies: Strategies for Transforming Building Practices in the Private Sector looks at more than 25 different municipal policies that (1) establish mandatory green building criteria; (2) provide expedited review as an incentive for green building, or (3) offer other direct financial incentives. The report provides an up-to-date reference and benchmark for municipalities interested in adapting or updating their green building laws and policies.

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    Published by Mayors Climate Protection Center

    This report provides a wide range of illustrations of how cities are tackling the need to conserve energy and other resources and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and what they are accomplishing as a result of their efforts. These best practices vary greatly in size, scope, cost, and focus. Some are well established and some are just getting underway, but all have ideas to offer on how to protect our cities today and our planet in the years ahead.

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    Published by Feasta

    What do peak oil and climate change mean for our supply of food? Bruce Darrell of Irish NGO Feasta describes the various ways our food systems depend on inputs like oil, water and money, and outlines policies that could make these systems more sustainable.

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    Published by Post Carbon Institute

    This excerpt of Daniel Lerch's presentation at the Spirit of Red Hill Valley 2007 lecture in Hamilton, Ontario, categorizes some of the short and long term challenges that peak oil will present to local governments. A good introduction for colleagues who may have heard of peak oil but don't associate it with local issues.

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    Published by Architecture 2030

    This report, from the organization Architecture 2030, seeks a way to rapidly meet the goal of 350 ppm of atmospheric CO2 and finds it in a coal moratorium and efficiency codes.

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    Published by Global Public Media

    Post Carbon Institute's Julian Darley and Richard Heinberg present the facts and relevance of peak oil for local policymakers. What is peak oil? What's the evidence? Why don't we just drill for more? How does this relate to climate change? And what can policymakers do in the face of these daunting challenges? A good introductory video.

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    Published 23 May 2008 by Urban Land Institute

    Developed as a toolkit, "Getting Density Right" was written for land use and design professionals, as well as government officials and community leaders. The book describes the successful methods used in jurisdictions across the country to enact policies, programs, and regulations that support compact development, including codes, zoning, development types, density and design strategies, financial incentives, and planning programs.

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    Published 1 April 2008 by The Environmental Law Institute

    This free book from the Environmental Law Institute describes and categorizes three different types of policy strategies for encouraging green building in U.S. cities and counties.

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    Published by City of Ventura (Calif.)

    This "Vision Plan for the City of Buenaventura" analyzes probable implications of Peak Oil on the City of San Buenaventura, California, and the surrounding region, and describes a vision for post-Peak Oil planning that responds to these implications by building upon positive trends that are already taking place. This vision is supported by planning and design guidelines, as well as a phased implementation plan. The regional vision emphasizes preservation of natural resources, concentration of the developed footprint, and intra-regional collaboration.

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Post Carbon Cities: Helping local governments understand and respond to the challenges of peak oil and global warming.
Post Carbon Cities is a program of Post Carbon Institute, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization incorporated in the United States.