Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Getting Smart!, a quarterly newsletter for members of the Smart Growth Network, is published by the International City/County Management Association.
This edition of the Getting Smart e-newsletter presents a
series of articles on topics related to energy. With the Obama Administration
declaring energy a priority and investing billions of federal dollars in new
and existing programs, this editions author's offer some ideas for broader
There are less than 1,000 souls in the town of Dardesheim.
But the village and its 80,000 neighbors in the county of Halberstadt in the
former East Germany have an expansive spirit. They want to become Germany's
renewable energy city. They want to become 100% renewable using solar, wind,
"Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" is the mantra of
environmentalism on many levels, though we hear it most with reference to the
recycling programs around the country. All three terms apply, however, in
application to planning for Smart Growth for energy efficiency:
In November of 2006, the people of Berkeley voted to take
local but bold action on global warming mandating the community to reduce its
entire greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. From this mandate the
City of Berkeley has developed a comprehensive Climate Action Plan and set of
policy goals and programs to effectively reduce the community's carbon
footprint. is the Berkeley FIRST solar financing program.
The idea of a "clean city" can bring a number of
images to mind: communities with convenient public transportation, walkable
downtowns, renewable energy sources, and robust recycling programs. Transportation
is a key part of this picture, whether it includes buses retrofitted to
produce fewer emissions or automobiles running on clean-burning fuels.
From the creation of one of the nation's first local energy
plans in 1981 to establishing aggressive "Green Energy Challenge"
goals in 2006, the City of Ann Arbor has a nearly 30-year history of taking
strong action and leadership on energy and climate issues.
RECLAIMING VACANT PROPERTIES: BUILDING LEADERSHIP TO
RESTORING COMMUNITIES. Join the National Vacant Properties Campaign June 1-3
in Louisville, Kentucky for our second national conference, an opportunity to
share strategies and lessons for turning vacant properties into community
assets. Visit the conference website (www.reclaimingvacantproperties.org) to
view the program and register. Register before April 17th and save $100!
Join us this May 18-20, in Washington, D.C., as Climate
Communities and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability host this
inaugural event focused on: Identifying federal tools and resources,
including stimulus funding opportunities, to help local governments launch
innovative energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions programs.
New economic realities demand communities rethink their
strategies for future growth, development, and competitiveness, and the
business community will play a leading role. Innovative strategies are
emerging that strengthen communities, foster sustainability, and bolster the
The National Award for Smart Growth Achievement recognizes
communities that use the principles of smart growth to create better places.
This annual competition is open to public- and private-sector entities.
Through the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement, EPA seeks to
recognize and support public entities (from cities to state governments and
the many types of public entities in-between) that promote and achieve smart
growth, while at the same time bringing about direct and indirect
Many communities want to foster economic growth, protect
environmental resources, enhance public health, and plan for development, but
may lack the tools, resources, and information to achieve their goals. In response
to this demand, EPA developed the Smart Growth Implementation Assistance
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