The slide presentations are available at the bottom of this page.
For many government officials, creating a sustainability strategy is no longer a luxury when faced with the reality of heavy dependence on foreign oil, increasing energy prices, global warming and drastic climate change. A recent informal survey of senior local governmental policy officials concluded that sustainability was among the top three priorities for innovation in the cities they represented.
Jurisdictions of all sizes have determined that planning to reduce carbon emissions is central to their continued prosperity and often their survival. As communities get started creating an imperative for sustainability they should not only avail themselves of the best tools and policies but also of the opportunities that exist to link efforts within geographic areas across sectors.
This online event, sponsored by greenerApplications and the Governgment Innovators Network, provided information that enables city- and county-level executives and policy-makers to create highly effective sustainability strategies. The panel offered a full spectrum review of the latest tools and policies your jurisdiction can use to lower greenhouse gas emissions and implement low-risk projects that reduce energy costs.
- USGBC Government resources page
- Top Ten Ways to Use Recovery Funds for Green Building
- Matrix of Key Provisions and Resources Related to Green Building (XLS)
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - U.S. branch of international association of local governments as well as national and regional local government organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development
Green Government Initiative, National Association of Counties (NaCO) - Provides comprehensive resources for local governments on all things green, including energy, air quality, transportation, water quality, land use, purchasing and recycling.
Greener Applications - Consulting and Web applications: lower the costs of becoming green, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and successfully manage sustainability strategies
Cristina C. Danko and Júlia M. Lourenço, "Generalizing urban sustainability success stories: a discussion on selected European cases." Urban Sustainability in selected European cases 44th ISOCARP Congress 2008. (PDF)
Curitiba (wikipedia article) - Curitiba is considered one of the best examples of urban planning worldwide. In June 1996, the chairman of the Habitat II summit of mayors and urban planners in Istanbul praised Curitiba as "the most innovative city in the country." Curitiba, including, recently recommended by UNESCO as one of the city-model for the reconstruction of the cities of Afghanistan, after the U.S military intervention occurred in that country in 2001.
Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment (slide presentation)
Strategies for Sustainability (blog) - A running journal from the Masters in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability program at the Blekinege Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden...and beyond.