Environment Best Practices Report, National Summit of the United States
Conference of Mayors, May 2006.
Cities from around the U.S. were asked to submit their best practices in
7 different categories, and the case studies are summarized in one page
with relevant background information and a point of contact.
California Leep (CALeep)
The Workbook lays out a process
for instituting local energy efficiency programs based on information
developed at CALeep Energy Efficiency Summits, in six Pilot Projects and
other sources. It is intended to serve as a tool to be used by local
officials and community activists to initiate,
plan, organize, implement and assess energy efficiency activities at the
local and regional level.
Government Best Practices Database
Free online database of best
practices searchable by category. The database is designed for state
and local government professionals and their preferred contractors.
Clean Air – Cool
Planet: Community toolkit
Community toolkit of case
studies of cities divided into 4 different categories.
Climate Action, Prepared by
the PewCenter for Global Climate
Change, February 2006
Identifies both broad and specific policies, combining
recommendations on economy-wide mandatory emissions cuts, technology
development, scientific research, energy supply and adaptation with
critical steps that can be taken in key sectors. These recommendations
have been designed to be both cost-effective and
Economic Growth and Greenhouse Gas
Mitigation in California,
David Roland-Holst, UC Berkeley. The report is a study on the economic
impacts of policy measures in California, as the executive summary
This research note offers preliminary results on the link between GHG
abatement strategies and economic growth from on-going research with a
forecasting model of the California economy. The Berkeley Energy and
Resources (BEAR) model is a detailed empirical simulation tool that can evaluate the
complex linkages between climate policy and economic activity. In the
analysis presented here, eight targeted GHG emission policies are
combined with an overall cap to meet the state’s targets for 2020. No
specific implementation of the cap is assumed; these results can be
interpreted as the result of an efficient combination of policies.
Energy Efficiency Bottom Line
Opportunities for Metro Denver Companies
The Metro Denver
Economic Development Corporation (Metro Denver EDC) revealed a report on
June 16, 2006 that suggests investments and low-cost efforts that Metro
Denver businesses can make to conserve energy and boost their bottom
lines. Prepared for Metro Denver EDC by the Colorado Energy Science
Center, this report offers concrete evidence of cost-saving efficiency upgrades and
“Climate Change Action Plan,”
Prepared by the Committee on the Environment and the Northeast
International Committee on Energy of the Conference of New England
Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers, August 2001. Provides 9 action
items for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate Action Network
(MCAN). Lists 7 city climate action plans and gives resources on how to
write and implement an action plan.
Page offers resources and tools to reduce emissions, with World Resource
Institute climate resources.
Energy Information Administration
(EIA), Energy Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions Links. An extensive
database of state climate action plans and climate science.
Adapting to Global Warming Guidebook,
co-authored by the King County Executive and
his global warming team, and the internationally distinguished Climate
Impacts Group is currently being drafted. Contact the KingCounty office for more
collaborates with utilities, state agencies, environmental groups,
universities, and other energy efficiency specialists. SWEEP also
conducts studies and engages in policy advocacy. SWEEP's main focus is
on electricity conservation, but SWEEP intends to address more efficient
fuel use and transport issues in the future.
Greenhouse Gas Action Guide,
BC Climate Exchange.
This guide is a set of straightforward cost-effective actions, most of
which have been implemented by some BC local governments.
Greenhouse Gas Action Plan, 2002, can be downloaded at the
Governors Climate Initiative,
November 2004, the Governors of Washington, Oregon, and California approved
a series of detailed recommendations to reduce global warming pollution
that the three states have developed over the past year
A list and explanation of
smart growth and natural resource and open space protection ordinances
passed by 566 municipalities in New Jersey to address different facets
of smart growth:
Links to various ordinances
passed by different communities across the country addressing mixed use
zoning, pedestrian friendly neighborhoods, compact development, and
Fleet Rules, 2005
To reduce both toxic and smog-forming air pollutants, the AQMD
adopted seven rules that will gradually shift public agencies and
certain private entities to lower emissions and alternative fuel
vehicles whenever a fleet operator with 15 or more vehicles replaces or
purchases new vehicles.