Community-wide Involvement

There are opportunities across all sectors to engage in energy reduction and efficiency. This page features resources for every sector to get involved in reducing energy use.

Here, is a glossary of commonly used terms relating to sustainable energy.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to view resources for the commercial, industrial, municipal government, and agricultural sectors.

Residential
Local Action Network

The Local Action Network (LAN) is a volunteer community group in the Central Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania devoted to encouraging responsible stewardship of local resources. This site includes upcoming community events, an energy blog, links to local media, and more.

 

Tips for Saving Water

These are some tips provided by the PUC on how you can reduce your wasted water every day!

Climate Change Policy and Vehicular Use

This Congressional Budget Office issue brief examines the role of passenger vehicles in the US effort to curb CO2 emissions. In particular, the brief looks at how putting a price on CO2 emissions would affect gasoline prices and, as a consequence, vehicle emissions.

 

Central Susquehanna Valley CSAs

You can reduce your carbon footprint by buying locally grown foods. See the attached document for a list of local Community Support Agriculture projects.

Building Trades

Builders Guide to Reuse and Recycling

This site provides a directory for demolition and construction materials as well as tips for success on the job site.

 

Pennsylvania Material Trader

Run by the PA Small Business Development Center, this site allows exchange of building and industrial materials between users in PA.

 

The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania

The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP) is an association of recycling professionals dedicated to promoting and enhancing the interests of recycling, recycling programs, composting, and composting programs in Pennsylvania. This site provides resources including links to educational programs, information exchange, technical support, applied research and coordination of recycling industry initiatives.

 

Wayne Township Landfill

This site provides information about local solid waste management, focusing on reducing, reusing, and recycling local waste.

 

For design advice concerning how to meet energy savings goals:

Educational

The Governor's Green Government Council

This website is a good source of information about the technical and financial incentives being provided to school districts through Commonwealth programs. Learn about the benefits of high performance schools, and more.

 

Energy Design Guidelines for High Performance Schools
The US Department of Environmental Protection's Energy Star Program has developed this document to assist schools in evaluating their construction needs and to assist them in the selection of an appropriate architect or engineer.

 

Energy Star Resources for Teachers & Administrators

Here, you’ll find several links thhttp:///at the EPA has collected to help teachers & administrators act to save energy in schools.
Commercial & Industrial

US Department of Energy: Industrial Technologies Program

This site provides comprehensive information about the Best Practices program, which works with U.S. industry to implement energy management practices in industrial plants. Resources on this site include information for corporate executives, plant managers, technical staff, and the general public. Information about efficiency in common energy systems, and plant energy assessments can also be accessed.

 

Alliance to Save Energy

The Industrial program initiated by the Alliance to Save Energy provides information about the technologies, management strategies, training, and financing opportunities that are available to industrial energy users.

 

IMC                       

IMC PA offers many services, including marketing and sales strategies, performance enhancement, product development, information technology, and strategic services. Their energy reduction services focus on Lean Manufacturing, facilities energy improvements, and more.

 

BFTP                     

Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP) offer many energy reduction services, designed to help established manufacturers evaluate processes and operations while implementing solutions that enhance bottom-line results.

 

PennTAP            

The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) supports technology-based economic development by helping PA companies improve competitiveness by providing a limited amount of free technology assistance to help resolve specific technical needs.

 

ETAC

The Emerging Technology Applications Center (ETAC) provides confidential assistance to manufacturers to help them increase productivity, reduce energy costs and achieve and maintain environmental compliance.

 

Pollution Prevention & Energy Efficiency (P2E2) Site Assessment
Businesses of any size can receive an assessment without obligation or cost. This program is supported by the Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Energy and Technology Deployment.

 

Pennsylvania SBDC

The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide entrepreneurs with the education, information and tools necessary to build successful businesses. Visit this site to find explore their services and locations. There are 3 locations in the SEDA-COG region, in Lewisburg (Bucknell), Lock Haven (LHU), and State College (Penn State).

 

The Premier: "Leading your Healthcare Organization toward Energy Efficiency - A Call to Action"

Acknowledging that every healthcare organization is unique and there are no "Cookie Cutter" solutions to long range cost reduction plans, this white paper discusses the non-technical aspects of initiating a successful energy reduction program, with examples of projects that can be implemented in any facility and tips for investments, using Geisinger Health System successes as examples.

Municipal Government

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.

 

Green Communities

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.

Agricultural

Energizing Rural America

This document, a collaboration between the Center for American Progress' and the Institute for Self Reliance, examines in detail why the link between local ownership of energy production and rural prosperity is so critical to America’s farming communities. It then offers comprehensive policy prescriptions for Congress to consider. This progressive legislation offers a smart, pragmatic way to boost the incomes of traditional American farmers and secure our nation’s future energy needs in small communities across the heartland.

 

Fueling a New Farm Economy

This document, by the Center for American Progress, presents the current state of the US Biofuels market; analyzes in greater detail the advantages and some of the safeguards required in order to bring dedicated energy crops such as switchgrass, miscanthus, jatropha, and poplar to market as biofuels and bioproducts; explores the complex state of current international trade negotiations; and draws upon the analysis and recommendations of the first three sections to present a vision of a global agricultural economy fully engaged in alternative energy production. At each step, it makes clear, concise policy suggestions to the US Government to encourage this economic development.

 

Reducing Food Miles

This National Sustainable Agriculture Information site provides information about reducting the distance that food travels in the US Food system. It explores the energy wasted by not developing local food systems, which can greatly reduce these food miles and associated transportation costs. The site describes the benefits to consumers of a local food system, which include fresher, better-tasting, and more nutritious food, while more food dollars stay within local rural communities like ours.


The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative

The Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) is creating a new research, education, and extension program called the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). Visit the site for more information, and the opportunity to comment on the implementation of this program.

 

2008 Farm Bill

The Center for Rural Affairs provides an overview of the 2008 Farm Bill, including potential limitations of the legislation.

 

Biomass Projects in the PA DEP North Central Region

This presentation, recently given by the PA DEP, describes existing woody and anaerobic biomass technologies and projects located in the DEP North-Central region. It concludes with resources available to help projects get off the ground.

 

Using Renewable Energy in Agriculture

This document, by the Wisconsin Focus on Energy group, explores options for renewable energy in agricultural settings. It outlines uses for renewable energy; benefits of renewable energy; examples; tax benefits; and links to more information.