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Peak Moment: Energy and Climate Initiatives in Santa Barbara

13 Mar 2008 | |
View all related to cities | Climate Change | Energy | government | Peak Moment Television | post carbon cities | Shelter | Transportation
Santa Barbara is lowering carbon emissions starting with a greenhouse gas emissions study; adding solar panels to city buildings; requiring lower energy usage for new buildings; converting vehicles to biodiesel and/or hybrids; giving free bus passes to downtown workers. City councilmember Das Williams urges citizens to push officials to make substantive (i.e., funded) changes to mitigate the effects of peak oil and climate change. (www.santabarbaraca.gov) Episode 101.
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KunstlerCast #4: Parking Garages

06 Mar 2008 |
View all related to Auto | KunstlerCast | Transportation | urban design
View all related to Duncan Crary | James Howard Kunstler
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In this episode of Kunstlercast, a listener from Columbus, Ohio shares the bad news about two proposed downtown parking garages. Even though James Howard Kunstler thinks the happy motoring scene in America is on the way out, he explains how to design a better parking garage with first-floor retail, a central lightwell and taller ceilings. The Europeans have a better solution, though: the car club. With transcript.
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Branson acknowledges peak oil

24 Feb 2008 |
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In an interview with Global Public Media, Sir Richard Branson told journalist David Strahan that aviation could be made “truly sustainable” at the launch of test flight fuelled in part by coconut oil. But the Virgin boss conceded that meaningful supplies of alternative fuel might not be available before the advent of peak oil, which he said could happen within six years.
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Reality Report: Daniel Lerch and Post Carbon Cities

01 Feb 2008 |
View all related to cities | city | municipalities | Oil | Peak Oil | Politics | Reality Report | Transportation | urban
View all related to Jason Bradford | Daniel Lerch

The Reality Report interviews Daniel Lerch, author of Post Carbon Cities: Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty, the first major local government guidebook on peak oil and global warming. The interview opens with a discussion of the responsibilities and roles of local government, where important decisions are made regarding land use, transportation, water systems, schools and emergency services. It reviews how systems thinking can be used to understand the impacts that "energy uncertainty" will have on basic government services, and covers what some local governments in the U.S. and Canada are already doing in repsonse to peak oil. With transcript.

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Peak Moment: Economic Localization - A Community Rediscovering Itself (with transcript)

01 Feb 2008 | |
View all related to agriculture | energy farms | Food | local economy | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil | Relocalization | rural | security | Transportation | urban
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In this freewheeling conversation, Jason Bradford and Brian Weller, co-founders of Willits Economic LocaLization (WELL), discuss local food security, creating a farm at a nearby grade school, being rooted in community, urban / rural friction in wealth and land use, regional trading partners, reinventing local public transportation, and more. Episode 95.

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Peak Moment: Making way for bikes

11 Dec 2007 | |
View all related to alternative transportation | City Structure and Design | Peak Moment Television | Transportation
City Councilor Scott Walker of Port Townsend, Washington is working to build a walkable, bikeable community where the car is not essential. As a result, the town has designated many undeveloped streets and “connectors” as non-motorized routes. He says, “Build safe, convenient facilities for walking and biking, and they sprout people.” Watch Janaia test ride Scott’s electric bike, which “flattens the town” as if there were no hills. Episode 88.
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Peak Moment: San Francisco Takes Action on Climate Change

22 Sep 2007 | |
View all related to city | City Structure and Design | Climate Change | efficiency | electricity | Energy | fuels | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil | Transportation | urban | waste

Cal Broomhead and Melissa Capria of the Energy & Climate Program discuss the rationale, aggressive plans, and activities for city-wide energy self-reliance and greenhouse gas reduction. Tools include energy efficiency in buildings, transit alternatives, alternative vehicle fuels, generating electricity with renewable energy, and solid waste reduction. Episode 74.

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Peak Moment: Post Carbon Cities - Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty

17 Sep 2007 | |
View all related to cities | City Structure and Design | Climate Change | Energy | municipalities | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil | postcarbon | Transportation | urban
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Smart municipalities are planning and preparing for energy vulnerability and climate change. Daniel Lerch, manager of the Post Carbon Cities project, has prepared a guidebook including case studies of cities large and small planning how to maintain essential services in the face of energy and climate uncertainty. Episode 73.

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Peak Moment: The Inside Scoop from a Biodiesel Pioneer

05 Sep 2007 | |
View all related to biodiesel | biofuel | fuel | India | jatropha | land use | Mexico | Peak Moment Television | Transportation

Russ Teall has developed biodiesel production equipment since the industry was in its infancy. He discusses biodiesel's advantages over petroleum diesel, and the land-for-food vs. fuel issue. His projects involve small scale refineries using multiple oil feedstocks, decentralized production facilities, and oil-rich plants grown on marginal lands. Episode 70.

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Peak Moment: The Social Effects of Peak Oil

22 Aug 2007 | |
View all related to at-risk | city | class | Peak Moment Television | Population | social services | Transportation | urban
How will rising oil prices affect low- and middle-class lives? Sociologist and professor Rowan Wolf sees at-risk populations growing while government services and class divides are increasingly strained. A member of the Portland Peak Oil Task Force, she discusses relocalizing our economies, to counter globalization based on an unsupportable grow-or-die economic model. Episode 69.