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Chapter 7: Resources

Copious resources are included in footnotes and at the end of each chapter in the Additional Resources section.  This chapter is intended to describe other resources that have not been presented elsewhere in the manual.

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General Resources

City/ County Action Plans

State Action Plans

Model Ordinances

- Green Building

- Smart Growth Policies

- Alternative Fuels

- Environmental Purchasing

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General Resources

  • Energy & 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) Workbook
    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.

  • SustainLane 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.

  • Agenda for 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 comprehensive.

  • 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 describes:
    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 return-on-investment figures.

  • “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.

  • Massachussetts Climate Action Network (MCAN).  Lists 7 city climate action plans and gives resources on how to write and implement an action plan.

  • Climate Northeast 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 information, (206) 296-4301.

  • SWEEP, 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.

  • “Climate Action Planning and Implementation in US States,” The Center for Climate Strategies, July 2006.  The Center has helped many states develop their climate action plans.

  • New Energy for Cities:  Energy Saving & Job Creation Policies for Local Governments, The Apollo Alliance

  • High Performance Cities:  A Guide to Energy-Saving Policies in Urban Areas, The Apollo Alliance

  • 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.

City/ County Local Action Plans

State Action Plans

Model Ordinances:

Green Building:

Smart Growth Policies:

  • Smart Growth Gateway
    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:

  • Smart Growth Online
    Links to various ordinances passed by different communities across the country addressing mixed use zoning, pedestrian friendly neighborhoods, compact development, and environmental sensitivities:

Alternative Fuels:

Environmental Purchasing:






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[1] Rohnert Park 2006 Green Building Ordinance Draft archived at,, 20 December 2006.

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