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101: Energy and Climate Initiatives in Santa Barbara

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

pm101_150.jpgSanta Barbara is serious about lowering carbon emissions. Guided by a comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions study, they’re adding solar panels to city buildings, requiring lower energy usage for new buildings, switching to biodiesel and hybrid vehicles, and 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. []

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92: A Community Car Share Hits the Road

Monday, January 7th, 2008

pm92_150.jpgLorraine Wilde’s non-profit Community Car Share organization in Bellingham, Washington received startup help from many quarters. Established car-sharing organizations mentored her, individuals offered low-interest private loans, a state grant enabled them to purchase a hybrid, and the city provided a fixed parking place by the bus station. Learn how she did it, then set one up in your community! []

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88: Making Way for Bikes

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Peak Moment 88City 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.

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79: Alcohol Can Be a Gas, Part 2

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

pm79_150.jpgPermaculturist David Blume discusses alcohol’s low emissions, and producing alcohol as a biological complex in which wastes become raw materials for other processes. He claims that with one year of the U.S. Defense budget, the entire world could be set up to produce alcohol and permanently replace oil for transportation. He discusses vehicle conversion, and how citizens can undertake alcohol fuel distribution. []

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74: San Francisco Takes Action on Climate Change

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

pm74_150.jpgCal 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. []

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73: Post Carbon Cities - Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

pm73_150.jpgSmart 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. []

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53: Community Responses to Peak Oil

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

pm53_150.jpgPeak oil educator and author Richard Heinberg discusses what communities can do to prepare for peak oil. He covers transportation, including a novel ride-sharing scheme, assessing municipal vulnerabilities, local food and energy production, as well as the Hirsch report’s conclusion that 20 years will be needed to make an energy transition — very possibly more time than we have. []

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52: Return of the Electric Car

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

Peak Moment 52Otmar Ebenhoech has worked with electric vehicles for decades, watching as popular commercial EVs were developed, then recalled when their legal mandate was overturned. He sees improved battery technologies as the catalyst to enable widespread acceptance of EV’s. Peek under the hood and watch a test drive of his hot electric Porsche race car conversion (0-60 in less than 5 seconds!). []

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34: Vancouver’s Co-operative Auto Network

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

pm34_150.jpgA superb urban transport solution whose time has come. Founder Tracey Axelsson recounts the ins-and-outs of North America’s oldest and largest car-sharing cooperative–membership, online scheduling, vehicle types, usage costs, preferred parking. []

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30: Cooperative Living, Cooperative Driving

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

pm30_150.jpgLong involved with intentional communities, Tree Bressen discusses a shared-ownership cooperative household with ten residents, as well as a small, one-car car sharing cooperative. Carshare info and scheduling software at

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