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Upcoming Climate and Energy Webcasts for Local Governments
Upcoming webcasts are being offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE). All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

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EGRID: Database on Environmental Impacts of Electricity Generation
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency updated its database that helps Americans understand the health and environmental impacts of electricity generation.

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Municipal Policy Toolkit for Energy Savings
Integrated Community Energy Solutions (ICES) released a resource for municipalities aimed at reducing energy consumption at the municipal level. It also offers ideas for how municipalities can get involved in energy policy discussions and development.

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ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR tool, Portfolio Manager, is being used to track energy and water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for 40% of commercial building in the U.S. The tool, available at www.energystar.gov/benchmark, can help assess the whole energy use of existing buildings, allow energy performance comparison to a national average, track changes in energy and water use over time in single buildings, groups of buildings, or entire portfolios, and track greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions and cost savings.

Resources for Advancing Energy-Efficient Building Codes
The Online Code Environment & Advocacy Network (OCEAN) is the building codes community's forum for gathering information, sharing news and forming new partnerships to advance energy-efficient building codes. -- (full text)

Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program
EPA's Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program is a voluntary partnership program that began in October 2006 to help protect the ozone layer and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. As part of the RAD program, partners recover ozone-depleting chemicals from old refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers.

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Building Energy Codes Program
U.S. Department of Energy Building Energy Codes Program is an information resource on national model energy codes. They work with other government agencies, state and local jurisdictions, national code organizations, and industry to promote stronger building energy codes and help states adopt, implement, and enforce those codes.

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PowerlinesIssue Summary

The generation and use of energy affects the environment. Local governments can foster responsible regulatory and voluntary programs to foster more responsible use of energy resources. Local governments are also some of most substantial consumers of energy in this country, and are distributors of electricity in more than 2000 communities nationwide. They inherently represent a cross section of energy generators, distributors, and end users since they perform all of these functions.


  • EPA's Local Climate and Energy Program Resources. EPA provides local governments with peer exchange training opportunities and competitive grant funding along with planning, policy, technical, and analytical information to advance their climate change mitigation and clean energy goals.
  • Solar Powering America Home. Search the database to find information about renewable energy deployment by type (database, funding program, interactive tool, etc.) for state and local governments.
  • Reducing Urban Heat Islands: Compendium of Strategies
    Reducing Urban Heat Islands: Compendium of Strategies describes mitigation measures that communities can take to address the negative impacts of urban heat islands.
  • Clean Cities
    Clean Cities is a government-industry partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Program. With almost 100 local coalitions, Clean Cities' mission is to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector.
  • Distinguish Your Organization: Become an ENERGY STAR Leader
    Energy Star Leaders continue to make a dent across the country, in big cities and small towns. They are avoiding more than 580 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions—equal to those from the electricity use of nearly 35,000 U.S. homes—and saving almost $50 million annually.
  • Stewardship, Partnership, and Voluntary Programs - Numerous EPA programs, including ENERGY STAR, the Green Power Partnership, and the SmartWay Transport Partnership, address energy consumption and conservation.
  • Office of Transportation and Air Quality - EPA actively promotes travel options that reduce emissions and regulates air pollution from motor vehicles, engines, and fuel use.