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Post-Carbon Cities and the Future of Growth
Published 11 November 2007 by The Wild Green Yonder (original article)

Oil shortages are a lot less simple than having to turn down the A/C and line up to refill the gas tank. For one thing, models predict that once production starts slipping, it’ll slip fast – far faster than it’ll take to replace our needs with wind, solar or even nuclear. And in the last five decades, we’ve become dependent on petroleum in countless ways, and seemingly insignificant disruptions in supply can have far-reaching repercussions.

New England Smart Growth Leadership Forum: Climate Change: The Emerging Role of Land Use
November 1, 2007 - Nov 1 2007
Published by Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (original article)

Participants will hear about the major impacts that climate change is likely to have specifically on New England’s environment and economy, and we will explore tangible actions to reduce sources of greenhouse gas emissions. The focus of the discussion will be on land use, and mechanisms for helping communities and states reduce emissions and adapt to change. Actions will be explored at a variety of scales from state policy, to regional compacts, to local regulations.

New findings on peak oil timing and impacts presented at Houston Conference
Published 13 October 2007 by Oil Online (original article)

The U.S. Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO-USA) annual conference is taking place right now in Houston, TX. People from many fields gather to discuss not just the potential date of peak, but also different scenarios about when and how impacts may be felt, and how our society may mitigate the risks.

Report/Paper: Conducting Community Inventories
Published 3 October 2005 by Willits Economic LocaLization (WELL) (original article)

A short how-to paper on putting together an energy inventory for your community as a basis for further planning. Includes some notes on other types of community inventories.

Report/Paper: Willits Area Energy Inventory
Published 28 January 2005 by Willits Economic LocaLization (WELL) (original article)

The Energy Project Team of the Willits (CA) citizen group Willits Economic LocaLization (WELL) put together this spreadsheet as a preliminary inventory of the city's energy usage, including sources and types.

Book: Post Carbon Cities Guidebook
Published 5 October 2007 by Post Carbon Press (original article)

Post Carbon Cities: Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty is a guidebook on peak oil and global warming for people who work with and for local governments in the United States and Canada. It provides a sober look at how these phenomena are quickly creating new uncertainties and vulnerabilities for cities of all sizes, and explains what local decision-makers can do to address these challenges.

Post Carbon Cities interview on Global Public Media
Published by Global Public Media (original article)

Smart municipalities are planning and preparing for energy vulnerability and climate change. Peak Moment TV interviews Daniel Lerch, author of newly-released "Post Carbon Cities: Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty," the first major guidebook for local governments on peak oil and climate change.

Sacramento aspires to be America's greenest city
Published 5 September 2007 by Sacramento Bee (original article)

Sacramento has the second-largest quantity of LEED-certified office -- trailing only Chicago, which has been showered with media attention for Mayor Richard M. Daley's quest to go green. "Our goal is to become the most sustainable city in America," says Sacramento City Councilman Rob Fong. If that seems a tad ambitious, keep in mind Sacramento has a heavyweight helper in its quest: the state of California.

China Eco-Cities Update
Published 21 August 2007 by (original article)

In 2005, green architect William McDonough and British engineering firm Arup separately announced plans to build ambitious eco-cities housing up to 500,000 inhabitants in mainland China. In recent months, Newsweek, Popular Science and other publications have looked at how these cities are actually shaping up -- and the reality on the ground so far is disappointing.

Interview: Success at Minneapolis' Sustainability Program
Published 1 March 2007 by SustainLane (original article)

Minneapolis is a big city with a small sustainability program -- but it accomplishes more than many other cities' sustainability efforts. In this interview with SustainLane Government, Gayle Prest and Daniel Huff of the City of Minneapolis sustainability program discuss how their small, decentralized initiative is spurring changes across city departments and throughout the community.

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