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Princeton Library loans watt meters to energy savers
Published 15 July 2008 by The Princeton Packet (original article)

A simple tool helped the Princeton Public Library trim its energy use and expenses. Now they're making that tool available to the public, loaned out like a book, so individuals can understand how they're really using energy in their households.

Maine communities 'cool' down the planet
Published 14 July 2008 by (original article)

A number of communities in Maine are committing to combating global warming through various programs and initiatives. Some are signatories of the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement; others are taking other paths.

Your city council could save the world
Published 9 July 2008 by Gristmill (original article)

Buildings, their construction and maintenance, account for nearly half of U.S. energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. That means city councils and other code-setting entities are in the perfect position to make great strides in cutting energy use, and Architecture 2030 has tools to help.

Report/Paper: The 2030 blueprint
Published by Architecture 2030 (original article)

This report, from the organization Architecture 2030, seeks a way to rapidly meet the goal of 350 ppm of atmospheric CO2 and finds it in a coal moratorium and efficiency codes.

Cracking the (building) codes to meet greenhouse limits
Published 23 June 2008 by Architecture 2030 (original article)

This week, Architecture 2030 released an unprecedented guide for every city, county and state in the nation to swiftly meet their greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets through existing building codes, asserting that meeting reduction targets through existing codes is the critical ‘missing piece’ to getting major reductions underway immediately.

Report/Paper: Transforming Urban Environments for a Post-Peak Oil Future
Published by City of Ventura (Calif.) (original article)

This "Vision Plan for the City of Buenaventura" analyzes probable implications of Peak Oil on the City of San Buenaventura, California, and the surrounding region, and describes a vision for post-Peak Oil planning that responds to these implications by building upon positive trends that are already taking place. This vision is supported by planning and design guidelines, as well as a phased implementation plan. The regional vision emphasizes preservation of natural resources, concentration of the developed footprint, and intra-regional collaboration.

Resolution/Ordinance: Resolutions establishing an energy scarcity task force in Whatcom County and Bellingham, Washington
Published by Whatcom County, Washington (original article)

Resolution establishing an Energy Scarcity Resource Task Force to study and make recommendations regarding the consequences of potential changes to the supply of energy resources in Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham. The County Council passed Resolution 2008-042 unanimously on 20 May 2008; the city of Bellingham had passed a resolution to create this joint task force on the previous day.

The Virtual Energy Forum
June 10, 2008 - Jun 11 2008
Published (original article)

It's not about virtual energy, it's about real energy. And it will save you travel energy: the Virtual Energy Forum is a two day online-only event focused on how leading companies can adopt better energy management practices to cut cost, while at the same time adopting clean energy alternatives -- presenting alternative energy technologies, policies, and best practices in a live, interactive environment.

World Energy Engineering Conference
October 1, 2008 - Oct 3 2008
Published by Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) (original article)

Recognized as the energy industry’s premier event, the annual WEEC is one the key opportunities of the year for end-users and decision-makers from business, industry, and government to learn about the newest technologies, hear industry’s leading experts, and network. This year’s event will cover energy efficiency, sustainable technologies, distributed generation, HVAC, building systems, facilities management, renewable technologies, energy service, and power marketplace.

Online: Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
Published (original article)

The DSIRE website provides a fast and convenient method for accessing information about renewable energy and energy efficiency incentives and regulatory policies administered by federal and state agencies, utilities, and local organizations.

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