In this article for the relocalization issue of California magazine HopeDance, Post Carbon Cities' Daniel Lerch introduces why peak oil is an issue for local governments, and what local leaders can do in response.
Congress for the New Urbanism President John Norquist observes that cities have powerful environmental advantages: they make it easier to walk and use public transit.
The three major Pacific Northwest cities of Vancouver (BC), Seattle (WA) and Portland (OR) have long compared their planning and sustainability practices against each other. This article is a good summary of the roots of that friendly competition, and how Vancouver may lose its green tinge with massive highway building for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
James Howard Kunstler, author of The Geography of Nowhere and The Long Emergency, speaks to the Commonwealth Club of California about the American car culture and our illusions of maintaining it with alternative fuels.
Lesa Dixon-Gray, member of the City Council-appointed Portland Peak Oil Task Force (Oregon), discusses the threat that peak oil poses to vulnerable populations.
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.
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"
If Mexico has passed peak oil, as some analysts believe, it is difficult to see how the country will be able to maintain its current level of public services -- raising fears of mass migrations to the United States.
Stuart Ramsey gives a presentation to the National Resource Council Canada's Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation on urban transportation strategies for addressing the challenges of peak oil and climate change. Audio and images from the presentation available at Global Public Media.