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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 14 November 2007 by Cool Cities

    As local governments take the lead in climate protection, a new tool is available to help them rapidly advance green buildings, neighborhoods and infrastructure. Called the "Playbook," this web-based resource shows how strategic actions in these sectors promote economic development, build healthier communities, strengthen energy independence, and support climate protection.

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    Published 2 January 2007 by United States Conference of Mayors

    The U.S. Conference of Mayors produced this updated Best Practices Report for its 2007 Mayors Climate Protection Summit. It lists examples of effective practices implemented in different cities across the country in categories of Municipal Buildings, Facilities & Operations; Air Quality; Climate Change; Energy Sources; Fuels, Vehicles & Transit; Housing; and Other.

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    Published by Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) and the National Commission on Energy Policy
    On June 23, 2005, a group of nine former White House cabinet and senior national security officials convened to participate in a simulated working group of a White House cabinet. Their task: to advise an American president as the nation grapples with an oil crisis over a seven-month period. As they entered the room, they were unaware of the circumstances or nature of the oil crisis. This is the report they made on that simulation.
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    Published by Energy Star (US EPA)

    Assessing current resource use is an important step in planning for future use, and necessary for measuring the effectiveness of changes. Portfolio Manager is an internet-based interactive energy management tool from Energy Star, created to track and assess energy and water consumption within individual buildings as well as across an entire building portfolio.

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    Published 17 December 2007 by 2006 Atlantic Planners' Institute Conference, Dec 19, 2006

    Slides and notes from a presentation at the 2006 Atlantic Planners' Institute Conference on how the assumptions behind planning decisions will have to adapt to the changing reality of energy.

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    Published 22 October 2007 by Energy Watch Group

    The Energy Watch Group's research indicates that global oil production peaked in 2006 - much earlier than most experts had expected. This report, which predicts that production will now fall by 7% a year, comes after dramatic rises in oil prices and speculates on some of the political and social ramifications of a steep decline.

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    Published 11 October 2007 by Queensland EPA

    In May 2005, the Parliament of the Australian state of Queensland created a task force to investigate Queensland's potential vulnerabilities in the event of energy uncertainty due to peak oil. The report concludes that the overwhelming evidence is that world oil production will peak within the next 10 years, and recommends that a prudent risk mitigation approach requires a mix of initiatives such as reduction in consumption of liquid fossil fuels, encouraging the development and use of alternative fuels, technologies and strategies, and preparation for demographic and regional changes, as Queenslanders change travel, work and living habits in response to rising fuel prices.

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    Published 27 February 2006 by Willits Economic LocaLization (WELL)

    This document builds upon the work outlined in the report "Recommendations towards Energy Independence for the City of Willits and Surrounding Community", focusing on two projects The city of Willits could begin immediately. The selection criteria of these projects included the substantial reduction of existing energy costs, the potential of 'innovation grants', and augmentation of the City of Willits and surrounding community in time of severe energy crisis or disaster.

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    Published 3 October 2005 by Willits Economic LocaLization (WELL)

    A short how-to paper on putting together an energy inventory for your community as a basis for further planning. Includes some notes on other types of community inventories.

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    Published 28 January 2005 by Willits Economic LocaLization (WELL)

    The Energy Project Team of the Willits (CA) citizen group Willits Economic LocaLization (WELL) put together this spreadsheet as a preliminary inventory of the city's energy usage, including sources and types.

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    Published 1 July 2004 by New Zealand Ministry for the Environment

    This is a guide to help councils across New Zealand assess the likely effects of projected climate change during the 21st century and plan appropriate responses where necessary. It is designed to summarise the main elements of a comprehensive technical report 'Climate Change Effects and Impacts Assessment'. A key message in the guide is that climate change effects can be broken down into manageable parts and dealt with as part of existing council planning and operational processes.

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    Published 3 October 2005 by Willits Economic LocaLization (WELL)

    The Energy Committee of Willits, CA's citizen group Willits Economic LocaLization (or WELL) prepared this report to help the city plot a path toward greater energy independence. The process of gathering information for this report provided insight into far-reaching and non-obvious aspects of that city's dependence on readily available and inexpensive oil. Such a report is a good preliminary step in preparing a community.

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    Published 5 October 2007 by Post Carbon Press

    Post Carbon Cities: Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty is a guidebook on peak oil and global warming for people who work with and for local governments in the United States and Canada. It provides a sober look at how these phenomena are quickly creating new uncertainties and vulnerabilities for cities of all sizes, and explains what local decision-makers can do to address these challenges.

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    Published 18 September 2007 by Urban Land Institute

    In this comprehensive review of dozens of studies, published by the Urban Land Institute, the researchers conclude that urban development is both a key contributor to climate change and an essential factor in combating it. Meeting the growing demand for conveniently located homes in walkable neighborhoods could significantly reduce the growth in the number of miles Americans drive, shrinking the nation’s carbon footprint while giving people more housing choices.

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    Published 31 August 2007 by ICLEI

    Preparing for Climate Change is the first major local government guidebook on planning for the impacts of climate change. Produced by ICLEI (best known for their widely-implemented Cities for Climate Protection local GHG tracking and mitigation framework, King County (home of Seattle, Washington, and one of the leaders of the new Cool Counties initiative) and the University of Washington.

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    Published 29 June 2005 by International Energy Agency

    Produced by the IEA after oil prices hit record highs in 2004, Saving Oil In A Hurry assesses of the potential oil savings and costs of rapid oil demand restraint measures for transport. The book examines potential approaches for rapid uptake of telecommuting, "ecodriving", and car-pooling, among other measures. It also provides methodologies and data that policymakers can use to decide which measures would be best adapted to their national circumstances.

  • Published 18 October 2005 by State of Washington

    This report examines current scientific literature and new research to provide an overview of projected climate change impacts on Puget Sound in northwest Washington State. It focuses on the consequences of a warmer climate on the larger Puget Sound ecosystem, including impacts on regional temperature and precipitation, snowpack, streamflow, water quality, and marine ecosystem structure and function. Implications for ecosystem management are also highlighted.

  • Published 13 April 2006 by City of Hamilton (ON)

    This report, commissioned by the City of Hamilton from former Toronto City Commissioner Richard Gilbert, assesses how Hamilton might best address future energy constraints in view of its dual role as an energy user and the sustainer of the community’s economic, social and environmental welfare. Among its recommendations are that peak oil and future energy constraints be considered in the city's 30-year strategy.

  • Published 7 June 2007 by City of Austin (Texas)

    This resolution, passed by the Austin City Council on 7 June 2007, directs the City Manager to create an Energy Depletion Risks Task Force to assess the City’s exposure to diminishing supplies of oil and natural gas and to make recommendations to address any vulnerabilities that may result.

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    Published by New Society

    "How Green is Your City?," by SustainLane Chief Strategy Officer Warren Karlenzig, is the first systemic report card ranking the sustainability of the 50 largest US cities. It provides analysis of each major city's management policies, strengths and challenges, as well as a survey of where clean technologies might break new ground to expand job-markets and tax-bases across the country.

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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.