Local & Community Initiatives

(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...
(Local Toolkit - 2/11/2011)
Click Here to Download a PDF Version of this Toolkit Program Planning Once a locality determines what actions it wants to take, local governments should adopt a portfolio-wide, systematic approach for energy efficiency in facilities and operations....
(Local Toolkit - 2/7/2011)
Click Here to Download a PDF Version of this Toolkit Introduction A local government can have immediate impact on the energy performance of one of the key facilities under its control by targeting wastewater and water treatment facilities....
(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...
(Page - 10/5/2010)
Eric Mackres: Hi everyone, this is Mackres at the American Counsel for an Energy Efficient Economy. And we have DOE technical assistance program webinar for you today. This is on the topic of Sustainable Communities and Vehicle Miles Traveled...