A searchable database of state, federal, and private funding programs in energy and technology, including opportunities established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.
The Pennsylvania Initiative for Energy and the Environment (PIEE) is designed to sustain and enhance linkages between industry, Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), and government – to leverage research and technology solutions which address the challenges of energy independence and environmental impacts.
Philadelphia has operated a diversified program for biosolids disposition, with a strong emphasis on employing the soil enrichment properties of its products. The products meet federal and state standards for stability and for allowable contaminant levels. Approximately 65 percent of Philadelphia's biosolids have been put to recycling programs since 1988.
Virtual CAP provides an in-depth look at innovative programs and projects developed by Community Action Agencies around the United States. Programs can be researched by state, category or keyword. Each contains a summary description, as well as useful links to download materials and to related websites.
A master plan for Newburgh, NY, adopted December 8, 2008. The plan incorporates the results of an extensive community input process.
Sustainable Cities Collective is an editorially independent, moderated community for leaders of major metropolitan areas, urban planning and sustainability professionals. We look to aggregate content and provide resources for all who work in or are interested in urban planning, sustainable development and urban economics. Looking at issues such as transportation, building practices, community planning & development, education, water, health and infrastructure, we hope to create a community where people can get involved and learn about the advances in how cities are becoming smarter and greener in the 21st century.
A news and resources arm of the Smart Growth Network.
Ann O'M. Bowman & Michael A. Pagano. Urban Affairs Review, Vol. 35, No. 4 (March 2000) 559-581.
Deborah Peel & Michael Gregory Lloyd, Local Environment Vol. 12, No. 4, 343-354, August 2007.
ABSTRACT: An international concern with climate change has prompted a political commitment to the use of renewable energies. Yet, the operationalization and management of this political objective may be frustrated at the local level, where, it is suggested, an implementation impasse exists. This paper reports on a case study that examines the planning issues around the harvesting of wind at an urban brownfield site in Scotland. The paper discusses the nature of the state-market-civil relations involved in the development management of private wind-energy infrastructure, and the potential for a positive mediating role for the planning system.
Department of Civic Design, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
A collection of data and tools to assist with solar resource research, including data, models and tools, publications, and related links.
Biomass resource maps and comprehensive biomass resource information from Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
This page links to Wind Integration Datasets, wind resource maps, and other datasets.
An overview, data, analysis, and projections by the US-EIA.
Landing page for wind power industry statistics & reports assembled by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Wind & Solar prospecting tools that perform easy and in-depth wind and solar site comparisons with a robust set of data. Users can quickly compare resource potential for any location worldwide. FirstLook plans are expensive to purchase and best used by municipal governments or larger coalitions of community action organizations.
Small wind turbines are electric generators that utilize wind energy to produce clean, emissions-free power for individual homes, farms, and small businesses. This page offers studies, papers, and standards for implementing small-scale wind power solutions.
An open-access project to provide independent and objective data on the performance of rooftop wind turbines on real sites in the UK. The project aimed to evaluate the contribution rooftop-mounted wind turbines may make to improving the energy performance of existing homes in the UK.
In order to better understand San Francisco’s urban wind opportunities, in July 2008 Mayor Gavin Newsom and then-Supervisor Tom Ammiano created the Urban Wind Power Task Force. The Task Force’s mandate was to explore the potential for small-scale wind generation in San Francisco and develop recommendations for advancing City policy to encourage the expansion of local wind power generation. The Task Force's final report was released on September 1, 2009.
A guide for Urban Wind Energy in the UK, this website aims to increase awareness of the benefits of wind energy and the potential to harness it within an urban environment. It is intended as an overview for individuals and groups who are interested in setting up an urban wind energy project, with or without specialist help, and covers the sorts of issues that are likely to arise technological, environmental, political, financial.
Final report of the Vacant Land Management Study initiated by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and prepared by Fairmount Ventures, Inc. Released in March 2000.
The University of Washington's Green Futures Research & Design Lab has released a number of publications on design and planning ideas for Seattle's urban neighborhoods.
Green infrastructure can be considered a conceptual framework for understanding the "valuable services nature provides the human environment." At the national or regional level, interconnected networks of park systems and wildlife corridors preserve ecological function and create a balance between built and natural environments. At the urban level, parks and urban forestry are central to reducing energy usage costs and creating clean, temperate air. Lastly, green roofs, walls, and other techniques within or on buildings bring a range of benefits, including reduced energy consumption and dramatically decreased stormwater runoff. At all scales, green infrastructure provides real ecological, economic, and social benefits.
Sustainability Toolkit: Economic Models focuses on economic sustainability, which involves the development of a healthy economy that supports and sustains people and the environment over the long-term. In a market-driven economy, cost is a deciding factor in determining whether a project moves forward. To be sustainable, projects must not only provide environmental and social benefits, but also offer economic value. Ecosytem service models can also be used to quantify the inherent economic value of services nature already provides for free.
The toolkit is arranged from macro- to micro-scales, beginning with sustainable regional planning, and moving to sustainable cities & communities planning, sustainable neighborhood planning, and, then finally, site-specific tools related to sustainable landscapes and green buildings.
Southwestern Pennsylvania is a community that is actively planning to take full advantage of opportunities in the Green Economy. This analysis and resulting report were commission by the Green Building Alliance (GBA) and Growth Through Energy and Community Health (GTECH) as motivated stakeholders. This August 2009 report was the first attempt in the region to quantify and begin to qualify the green jobs opportunity.
The Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC has been working with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) to assist in the creation of a comprehensive inventory of available "Brownfield" properties. The partnership is requesting community assistance in identifying any sites in this region that you believe to be abandoned or underutilized.
EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields. EPA has selected Harrisburg Area Community College for a job training grant. Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) plans to train 51 students, place 43 graduates in environmental jobs, and track graduates for one year.
The Clearinghouse, operated by the New York State Office of Cyber Security, was established to disseminate information about New York's Statewide GIS Coordination Program and to provide access to the New York State GIS Data and Metadata Repository.
A guide for the New Orleans community on how to build and live green.
A searchable list, grouped by ZIP code, of Philadelphia's 12,000 publicly owned vacant lots.