Energy Star Portfolio Manager
The US Department of Energy's Portfolio Manager provides a free & easy online tool to track your utility bills and produce reports to compare your usage to similar accounts.
This site provides information about Green Communities, a program that provides funding and information to help housing developers build and rehabilitate houses to become better for the environment without high costs. Green Communities also assists state and local governments adopt housing and economic development policies that are smart and sustainable.
Smart Communities Network
Information to help communities design and implement innovative strategies that enhance the local economy as well as the local environment and quality of life. Initiatives and financial opportunities, including grants and other funding, are described here.
Post Carbon Institute
The Post Carbon Institute conducts research, develops techinical tools, and organizes leaders to help communities understand and respond to fossil fuel depletion and climate change. This site contains links to events, articles, and commentary about a broad range of community organizational actions. It also links to the Post Carbon Communities site, which provides Energy Independence Strategies developed by participating communities.
The US Conference of Mayors
The US Conference of Mayors represents cities with 30,000 people or more. This site contains links to both policy and research-related publications compiled by the Conference on topics including energy, the environment, workforce training, and more.
National Overview of Existing Wind Energy Ordinances
The National Renewable Energy Lab compiled this report of existing wind ordinances nationwide to educate and engage state and local governments, as well as policymakers, about existing large wind energy ordinances. It provides a collection of examples for municipalities in drafting new large wind energy ordinances in towns or counties without existing ordinances.
Energy Savings Through Pump Refurbishments
This document highlights how one water authority realized hundreds of thousands of dollars annually through mechanical refurbishing, sandblasting and coating pumps.
The Little Town that could Create Renewable Power
This links to a news article about Reynolds, Indiana, a town that reduced its dependence on foreign oil by implementing energy conservation and renewable energy production technologies.
City of Willits Energy Independence Plan
In 2005, the city of Willits, CA became the subject of a case study for energy independence potential by local economic and energy organizations. These organizations created a plan of recommendations for the city to implement to achieve energy independence by 2010. This document is the report Willits received with suggestions to move toward complete independence regarding both energy and economically.