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TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM STRATEGIES TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GASES (GHG) IN FLORIDA THAT SUPPORT HEALTHY COMMUNITIES CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND THE COMING ENERGY AND CLIMATE CRISIS: ENLARGING THE CIVIC FOOTPRINT TO REDUCE YOUR COMMUNITY’S ENERGY AND CARBON FOOTPRINT May 28, 2009 1
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Sustainable Alachua County Community Stakeholder Meeting alahcua County Energy Conservation Strategies Commission overview

Transportation System Strategies To Reduce Greenhouse Gases (GHG) In Florida That Support Healthy Communities

Civic Engagement and the Coming Energy and Climate Crisis: Enlarging the civic footprint to reduce your communitys energy and carbon footprint May 28, 20091

1Penny Wheat, Chair, Alachua County Energy Conservation Strategies CommissionJonathan Paul, Concurrency & Impact Fee Manager Alachua County1. IntroductionsEnlarge the Civic Footprint31. Unfettered creativity: encourage diversity of professional qualifications, personalities, thought, gender & cultural identity2. Develop niche for former elected officials3. Find the staff cheerleader4. Bring all gifts and obstacles to the table5. Implement technology for broad public access6. Engage the community: roundtable conversations, community partnerships7.Use public television & education channels

1. Introductions 3Overview4Alachua County Energy Conservation Strategies Commission - over 204 recommendations exploring:Community ChallengesRising Energy Costs, Climate Change, Peak Oil Production & DeclineCommunity OpportunitiesCreate a resource efficient and resilient community1. Introductions4Resolution, Mission, Guiding Principles and ECSC Member Descriptions and Qualifications

2. BackgroundResolution and Missionwants to do its part to reduce or mitigate the effects of Global Climate Change and promote the long-term economic security of its citizens through the implementation of policies that enhance energy efficiencyTo draft a comprehensive report on energy use, its relationship to climate change and local socio-economic impacts, including actions that can be implemented by the Board of County Commissioners and the community at large.

6County Commission ResolutionECSC Mission2. BackgroundCommunity Membership7Twelve energy conservation expertsPossess demonstrated expertise and/or advanced training in the areas of energy demand side management, LEED or Green Building Code standards, renewable energy technologies, or a related field.One representative of the University of FloridaOne former elected Gainesville City CommissionerOne former elected Alachua County CommissionerOne alternate position

2. Background7Community Membership8

2. BackgroundECSC Members from left to right: Bill Shepherd; Erich Christian; Pattie Glenn; Dwight Adams; Chris Fillie; Eduardo Vargas; Harry Kegelmann; Ed Brown; Ruth Steiner; Fred Depenbrock; Penny WheatECSC Guiding Principles9Practice conservation (reduce consumption); make efficiencies in building envelopes and mechanical equipment; and invest in renewable power generation.

2. Background9Civic Engagement with Technology10SharePoint extranet site for enhanced transparency & communicationsAllowed for group research, meeting coordination& searchable archive of resourcesCounty staff used for comprehensive plan updates

2. BackgroundThe ECSC Final Report11

2. Backgroundhttp://energy.alachuacounty.us11Recommendations Categories12Major Strategic PoliciesInviting and Engaging Our Public & CommunitiesAlachua County GovernmentWaste and Energy ImplicationsMaximize Local Food Production and ProcessingLand Use and TransportationResidential BuildingsInnovative Energy Systems and Renewable EnergyLegislative Items2. Background12Moving from Global Crisis to Local Response: The Community challenges of rising energy cost, climate change and Peak Oil production and decline3. Community ChallengesEnergy & Transportation14US General Accountability Office Report GAO-07-283: released February, 2007

Crude Oil: Uncertainty about future oil supply makes it important to develop a strategy for addressing a peak and decline in oil production Source: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d07283.pdf

3. Community Challenges14US General Accountability OfficeReport - Key Findings15Peak oil is real.Decline in oil production will occur sometime between February 2007 and 2040.No one is sure of the exact date, because there is a wide variance in the data and methodology used by various research entities.Alternative energy sources, particularly for transportation, are not yet available in large quantities.3. Community Challenges15Community Challenges16Escalating energy costs for transportation & for buildingsClimate change: global and localPeak Oil means not 'running out of oil', but 'running out of cheap oil'. For societies leveraged on ever increasing amounts of cheap oil, the consequences may be dire. Energy Bulletin: http://www.energybulletin.net/primer.php 3. Community Challenges

Vulnerability and Oil Supply17

Vulnerability and Oil Supply18

Vulnerability and Oil Supply19

Vulnerability and Oil Supply20Bargain Priced Fuel?21

New York Times: Savoring Bargains at the American Pump, June 29, 2008United States Oil Imports22This chart depicts the sources of American oil imports. While the United States gets about 45% of its oil from the Middle East and North Africa, these regions hold over two thirds of the oil reserves worldwide.

Driving the Future of Energy Security http://lugar.senate.gov/energy/graphs/oilimport.html

3. Community Challenges22US Oil Production and ConsumptionOverview 1949-200623Million Barrels per DayEnergy Information Administration; Official Energy Statistics from the US Government

US Consumption 20.59 MB/DayUS ProductionNet Imports3. Community Challenges23Climate Change from the Past24Image from: Statement on Sea Level in the Coming Century; Science Committee Miami-Dade County Climate Change Advisory Task ForcePresented by Dr. Wanless April 22, 2008

3. Community ChallengesClimate Change without Action25Image from: Statement on Sea Level in the Coming Century; Science Committee Miami-Dade County Climate Change Advisory Task ForcePresented by Dr. Wanless April 22, 2008

3. Community ChallengesEnergy Insecurity

26Domestic InsecurityInternational Conflict

3. Community Challenges26Invest in weatherization & energy efficiencyCreate employment & new local businessesDevelop sustainable mobility infrastructureMaximize local food productionMaximize renewable energy production

4. Community OpportunitiesRecommendations for Immediate Implementation and Discussion28Major Strategic PoliciesAcknowledge and Embed Energy and Sustainability as Major Policy IssuesEstablish Timeline to Reduce County Government Fossil Fuel Use Encourage Business Development: Energy Conservation; Alternative Energy; Waste Based IndustriesIdentify Funding Sources for Energy Conservation & Sustainability Activities 4. Community Opportunities28Recommendations for Immediate Implementation and Discussion29Alachua County GovernmentBegin a Review of County Government Public Service Delivery to Address Peak Oil Production & DeclineReserve Capital Improvement Program Funds for Energy ConservationDevelop County Staff Expertise in Carbon Markets

4. Community Opportunities29Recommendations for Immediate Implementation and Discussion30Inviting and Engaging Our Public & CommunitiesHost an Annual Public Summit on Energy SecurityCreate an Energy Advisory CommitteeMaximize Local Food Production and ProcessingEstablish a Food Policy Council Determine Land for CaloriesCalculate Alachua Countys Food ShedInventory Alachua County Lands for Public GardensSupport and Enhance the Master Gardener Program 4. Community Opportunities30Recommendations for Immediate Implementation and Discussion31Waste and Energy ImplicationsInstitute Life-cycle GHG Analysis as the basis of Waste Management PolicyEstablish a Goal to Increase Diversion Rate to 75%Prohibit Disposable Containers for Yard WasteLand Use and TransportationReview Roadway Access for Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Use4. Community Opportunities31Recommendations for Immediate Implementation and Discussion32Innovative Energy Systems and Renewable EnergyInvestigate a Finance Mechanism for Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Residential and Commercial Property OwnersRequest a Presentation and Discussion of GRUs Feed-in-TariffLocate Potential Solar Power SitesEstablish an Energy Baseline and Quarterly Energy Consumption Report for all County Buildings 4. Community Opportunities32Recommendations for Immediate Implementation and Discussion33Residential BuildingsInvestigate a Coordinated Energy Conservation Education Program.Support Local Non-Profits Dedicated to Low-Cost Improvements of Low Income Existing HousingLegislative ItemsTake a Leadership Position on all Energy LegislationTrack and Monitor all Energy Legislation

4. Community Opportunities33ECSC Accomplishments to Date, Best policies to create and energy efficient and resource resilient community, Best Advice

6. ConclusionsAlachua County ImplementationResource Recovery Park

35Energy and Resource ConservationRenewable Energy Deployment

Conclusions and Best AdviceInvest in weatherization & energy efficiencyCreate employment & new local businessesDevelop sustainable mobility infrastructureMaximize local food productionMaximize renewable energy production

Start nowAsk for helpInvolve and educate your residentsHave land use policies that address climate changeMeasure your performanceBe ready for the benefits of coming carbon markets (and your communitys carbon liability)

36Best Policies to create and energy efficient and resource resilient communityBest Advice6. Conclusions and Best Advice36Federal and State Funding; Community Partnerships; Establishing a regional goals for energy and resources; and follow-up on ECSC accomplishments

7. Future Steps for Alachua CountyGoing Forward38Preparing for the State-wide distribution from the American Recovery and Reinvestment ActReviewing all ECSC Recommendations based on Dec 2, 2008 Board directionEstablishing partnerships with community groups and organizationsContinuing the conversation: Energy Initiatives, EAR Process, Community Initiated Ideas

7. Future Steps38Alachua County, Florida39Jonathan Paul, Concurrency &Impact Fee ManagerPhone: (352) 374-5249Email: [email protected] Wheat, Chair, Alachua County Energy Conservation Strategies CommissionPhone: (352) 371-2125Email: [email protected] H. McLendon, Sustainability Program ManagerPhone: (352) 548-3765Email: [email protected]

7. Future Steps40

Thank you


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