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Links

"The Renewables Portfolio Standard: A Practical Guide"- The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

This document contains a wealth of information on the Renewable Portfolio Standards, adopted by individual states to assure a specified percentage of electricity demand is supplied from renewable energy sources. More specifically, it contains how-to information for government officials.

Earth Day Network Urban Environmental Report

Using more than 200 indicators, the Urban Environment Report ranks the environmental performance of major U.S. cities, including air quality, climate change, recreation opportunities, and other topics.

Green Building Pages

This site is a good source for information regarding cities and government entities that encourage sustainable building design & greenroof projects.

Playbook for Green Buildings and Neighborhoods

The Playbook for Green Buildings and Neighborhoods provides strategies, tips, and tools that cities and counties can use to take immediate action on climate change through green building, green neighborhoods, and sustainable infrastructure.

The Renewable Portfolio Standards - American Wind Energy Association

Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) are adopted by individual states to assure a specified percentage of electricity demand is supplied from renewable energy sources and the requirement increases each year. This site provides a wide variety of information on the RPS such as the government's role, basic characteristics, advantages, design details, and much more.

U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement

In 2005, 141 countries signed the Kyoto Treaty, pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat global warming. The United States government decided not to sign the Treaty and as a response, several mayors joined together and started the climate protection program. The U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement calls for the achievement of the standards set in the Kyoto Treaty and as of September 1, 2005, 178 mayors in the U.S. have signed it!

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