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Book: Greening Cities: Building Just and Sustainable Communities
Published by Toes Books (original article)

Originally conceived as a workbook for students in urban and environment studies, public administration, geography, and planning, Greening Cities shows how environmental concerns can be incorporated into local government policy.

Book: The Natural Step for Communities: How Cities and Towns Can Change to Sustainable Practices
Published by New Society Publishers

The Natural Step for Communities is a guide to applying the science- and democratic process of the Natural Step framework to the task of planning for sustainable towns and communities. It's full of concrete examples of localities where the framework has been put to use, focusing on the decades-old Swedish 'eco-municipalities' movement that has recently spread to the United States.

Report/Paper: Bloomington (IN) Peak Oil Task Force Legislation and Background Material
Published 13 November 2007 by Bloomington Peak Oil Task Force
To help the City of Bloomington prepare for a shift in energy reliance, Council President Dave Rollo proposes a Bloomington Peak Oil Task Force to explore how the peaking of world oil production might shape the City’s ability to maintain City municipal services and how the City of Bloomington might prepare for and build community resilience against energy uncertainty. The City of Bloomington formally recognized that the City must begin preparing for the inevitability of oil peak with the adoption of Resolution 06-07: Recognizing the Peak of World Petroleum Production. The establishment of the Task Force is the logical and necessary next step.
New Queensland Sustainability Minister on the future with less oil
Published 19 September 2007 by Global Public Media (original article)

Queensland, Australia's Minister for Sustainability, Climate Change and Innovation talks with Global Public Media's Andi Hazelwood about departmental changes in response to climate and energy challenges, the public release of his government-commissioned report on "Queensland's Vulnerability to Oil Prices," and the importance of relocalisation in the face of oil depletion.

Report/Paper: Peak Oil Production and the Implications to the State of Connecticut
Published 13 November 2007 by The Legislative Peak Oil and Natural Gas Caucus (CT) (original article)

Report by the Connecticut Legislative Peak Oil and Natural Gas Caucus to the governor and legislative leaders, outlining the current world energy situation and its potential impacts on the state of Connecticut. It also includes a list of "Intelligent Responses" -- recommendations for action on the part of the state.

Report/Paper: Establishing a peak oil task force
Published by Post Carbon Cities

This section, an appendix from Post Carbon Cities: Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty, will help you (a municipal elected official or staff member) develop a volunteer-based task force to inquire into the vulnerabilities your community faces in peak oil, and to develop recommendations for response actions.

A win for states, cities on fuel standards
Published 16 November 2007 by New York Times (original article)

In a case brought by 4 environmental groups and 13 states and cities, a federal appeals court rejected the Bush administration’s year-old fuel-economy standards for light trucks and sport utility vehicles. It said the rules were not tough enough because regulators had failed to thoroughly assess the economic impact of tailpipe emissions that contribute to climate change.

Clinton foundation helps cities purchase green
Published 1 November 2007 by William J. Clinton Foundation (original article)

At the Conference of Mayors' Climate Protection Summit in Seattle on Monday, President Clinton announced that an additional 1,100 U.S. cities will gain access to volume discounts on energy-efficient and clean-energy products and technologies through CCI’s purchasing consortium. These benefits were previously available only to the C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), a group of 40 of the world’s largest cities that are working in concert to fight climate change.

Report/Paper: US Conference of Mayors: Energy and Environment Best Practices Guide 2007
Published 2 January 2007 by United States Conference of Mayors (original article)

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.

100 Mayors Convene to Tackle Global Warming in Cities
Published 1 November 2007 by United States Conference of Mayors (original article)

The United States Conference of Mayors is holding a summit on climate change in Seattle, where leading mayors will discuss strategies for protecting the climate at the city level. The Conference has released an updated "Best Practices Report" on environmentally driven and energy efficiency projects in U.S. cities.



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