Local & Community Initiatives

(Blog Post - 7/19/2011)
As we have featured over the past year, local governments have many policy levers available to pull in order to improve energy efficiency—not only in their own operations, but also throughout their communities. One well-established mechanism for...
(Blog Post - 5/12/2011)
Anyone following the budget crises facing state governments can tell you that the policies and actions taken in state capitols can make indelible impacts on local governments. Local governments often rely on state funds, and in many cases take...
(Document - 5/11/2011)
This white paper examines how state governments can enable local governments to advance energy efficiency. The unique connection between state and local governments can be leveraged to implement mutually beneficial energy efficiency programs and...
(Blog Post - 4/8/2011)
How does where we build our homes, businesses, and transportation infrastructure impact our energy use?  A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report  attempts to tackle just that question. The report analyzes the energy use associated with...
(Blog Post - 3/8/2011)
Local policy is becoming an increasingly important driver for energy efficiency with local governments and other local leaders continuing to create innovative solutions even when federal and state leadership is lacking. Additionally, local...
(Document - 3/6/2011)
Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduction programs have an important role to play in improving transportation system efficiency and energy efficiency in general.  VMT reduction programs are an eligible use of many energy efficiency related funds...
(Blog Post - 12/22/2010)
Acting on the nexus between energy and water can contribute to creating efficient and livable communities. Examples of opportunities include energy and water equipment efficiency standards and local programs that co-promote electric, natural gas,...
(Document - 11/15/2010)
An amazing variety of social influences drive new innovations and behaviors that, in turn, significantly change the patterns of technology adoption and energy consumption. There remains a large gap in the available information that might help...
(Document - 11/2/2010)
Behavioral programs have the potential to greatly increase energy efficiency accomplishments in the United States. Social science, when combined with reliable evaluation, can yield dividends for energy efficiency programs; we are now seeing a...
(Document - 10/14/2010)
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) projects can offer substantial economic and environmental benefits to its users. These benefits include lower overall energy costs, improved reliability, and reduced thermal energy consumption.  This list of resources...