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Energy

  • Melissa Keeley
  • Lisa Benton-Short
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Abstract

This chapter covers energy issues in cities. Most cities are addressing energy in some capacity, although we found that despite climate change as a prime motivator for sustainability plans, few cities focused their discussion on alternative energy sources as a means of reducing greenhouse gases. Rather, energy tends to be discussed in terms of the economy—such as providing cleaner jobs and reducing energy costs. We also discovered that many cities have lackluster energy conservation and weatherproofing initiatives. An exception exists surrounding new green building initiatives and regulations. We explore how cities are implementing energy conservation programs in diverse ways (from green buildings to green homes).We then turn attention to ways that cities are investing in renewable and alternative energy, by procuring alternative energy for themselves, and supporting or creating programs for commercial or residential alternative energy installations. Finally we end with a discussion of the emerging “smart grid.”

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melissa Keeley
    • 1
  • Lisa Benton-Short
    • 1
  1. 1.George Washington UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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