- 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
Posted 25 May 2007 inPublished 2 May 2007 by Post Carbon Cities
This table lists all known sub-federal government actions in the U.S. and Canada made specifically in response to peak oil, whether internal (e.g., staff report, internal vulnerability assessment) or external (e.g., official resolution, task force).
Posted 22 May 2007 inPublished 7 May 2007 by National Governors Association
This Issue Brief from the National Governors Association Center (U.S.) reviews actions that governors are taking to reduce energy consumption and promote renewable energy sources. It describes a number of state energy programs, and includes case studies of six states - Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington state.
[San Francisco] Acknowledging the challenge of Peak Oil and the need to prepare a plan of response and preparation:Posted 15 May 2007 inPublished 11 April 2006 by City of San Francisco (California)
This resolution, passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on 11 April 2006, acknowledges the challenge of Peak Oil and the need for San Francisco to prepare a plan of response and preparation.
Posted 15 May 2007 inPublished 18 July 2006 by City of Bloomington (Indiana)
This resolution, passed by the Bloomington City Council on 20 July 2006, acknowledges the challenge of Peak Oil, supports adoption of a global depletion protocol, and urges federal and state action on Peak Oil and its consequences.
Posted 15 May 2007 inPublished 17 October 2006 by City of Oakland (California)
This resolution, passed by the Oakland City Council on 17 October 2007, created a Task Force to provide the Council and Mayor with facts, guidance, and recommendations to significantly reduce the City of Oakland's dependence on oil by 2020.
Posted 15 May 2007 inPublished 6 November 2006 by Mary McKee
Presentation transcript of Mary McKee, Director of Public Health Practice at the Marion County Health Department (Indianapolis, Indiana) at the American Public Health Association's 2006 conference. McKee proposes a four-phased process for developing a local public health oil depletion plan.
Posted 15 May 2007 inPublished by New Society
If the US continues with its current policies, the next decades will be marked by war, economic collapse, and environmental catastrophe. The alternative is "Powerdown," a strategy that will require tremendous effort and economic sacrifice in order to reduce per-capita resource usage in wealthy countries, develop alternative energy sources, distribute resources more equitably, and reduce the human population humanely but systematically over time. The book gives an overview of the likely impacts of oil and natural gas depletion and outlines four options for industrial societies during the next decades. It then explores how three important groups within global society-the power elites, the opposition to the elites (the antiwar and anti-globalization movements, et al: the "Other Superpower"), and ordinary people-are likely to respond to these four options.
- Posted 15 May 2007 inPublished by Island Press
Timothy Beatley explains what planners and local officials in the United States can learn from the sustainable cities movement in Europe. The book draws from the extensive European experience, examining the progress and policies of twenty-five of the most innovative cities in eleven European countries. Beatley focuses on the key lessons from these cities and what their experience can teach us about effectively and creatively promoting sustainable development in the United States.
Posted 15 May 2007 inPublished by Routledge
Bringing together classic readings from a wide variety of sources, this key book investigates how our cities and towns can become more sustainable. Thirty-eight selections span issues such as land use planning, urban design, transportation, ecological restoration, economic development, resource use and equity planning. Section introductions outline the major themes, whilst the editors' introductions to the individual writings explain their interest and significance to wider debates. Additional sections present twenty-four case studies of real-world sustainable urban planning examples, sustainability planning exercises, and further reading.
Posted 15 May 2007 inPublished 20 April 2007 by NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
This report by NASA's Goddard Institute suggests that catastrophic climate change may be avoided if future exploitation of coal and unconventional fossil fuels incorporates carbon capture and sequestration, and existing coal-fired power plants, without sequestration, are phased out before mid-century. It argues that a rising price on carbon emissions is probably needed to keep CO2 beneath dangerous levels.
Posted 10 May 2007 inPublished 4 January 2006 by City of Burnaby, BC
This staff report to the Burnaby's Transportation Committee reviews the science and possible effects of peak oil, and reviews possible actions the City could take to address peak oil both as a government agency and a corporate citizen. Burnaby is a city in the Vancouver, BC metropolitan area.
Posted 9 May 2007 inPublished by The Schumacher Society
A good, quick summary of key urban sustainability principles, from acclaimed scholar and author Herbert Girardet.
Posted 17 April 2007 inPublished 2 April 2007 by City of Sebastopol (California)
This well-grounded report report by the City-sponsored Sebastopol Citizens Advisory Group on Energy Vulnerability (CAGE) reviews municipal energy vulnerabilities and makes policy recommendations for maintaining municipal services in an energy-constrained future.
Posted 12 April 2007 inPublished 29 March 2007 by United Nations Environment Programme
This UN report reviews key opportunities, models and tools for encouraging significant energy savings (and greenhouse gas mitigation) in building construction and operation.
- Posted 11 April 2007 inPublished by City of Portland (Oregon)
The final report of the Portland (Oregon) Peak Oil Task Force. This product of six months of research and over 80 stakeholder interviews is an excellent model for developing a local response to energy uncertainty. It is the first major peak oil vulnerability assessment by a U.S. city.
Posted 10 April 2007 inPublished 9 March 2007 by Sierra Club NYC Group
This report to the New York City Council by the local Sierra Club provides a good summary of the urban energy vulnerability problem, as well as a review of responses to energy vulnerability proposed by a variety of public and private institutions.
Implementing the Most Effective Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Strategies to Quickly Reduce Oil Consumption:Posted 3 April 2007 inPublished 1 January 2007 by Parsons Brinkerhoff
This report from leading engineering firm Parsons Brinkerhoff aims to help local and regional government agencies prepare for fuel supply disruptions by reviewing lessons learned from previous fuel supply disruptions and recommending the transportation demand management strategies that offer the most potential to quickly reduce fuel and oil consumption. It uses the Seattle, Washington region as a case study, but is applicable to metropolitan regions throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Posted 3 April 2007 inPublished by SustainLane
A leading database of best practices in sustainable development for U.S. and Canadian governments. "Advancing Cross-Sector Sustainable Development for State and Local Government"
Posted 3 April 2007 inPublished by Efficiency Partnership
Flex Your Power is California's statewide energy efficiency marketing and outreach campaign. The Institutional Sector section includes best practice guides, energy saving tips and other resources for governments.
Fuel Price, Availability, and Mobility: What We Can Learn from North Carolina in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina:Posted 2 April 2007 inPublished 11 November 2006 by Parsons Brinkerhoff
This paper from leading engineering firm Parsons Brinkerhoff reviews what government agencies can learn from the oil shocks of the 1970s/80s, and offers new insights from the experience of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Presented at the Transportation Research Board conference, 11 Nov 2006.