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Webinar: Integrated Clean Energy Strategies for Sustainable Communities (CM | 1.5)
January 20, 2012 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
This session is a primer to explore the integration of sustainable energy strategies into the urban context, starting from the earliest stages of planning to ensure heightened environmental performance at the building, site and community scale. Strategic energy planning, the setting of realistic targets and goals and developing a systematic strategic plan for clean energy integration and implementation will also be examined. A systems-based approach to town planning which includes an analysis of eight essential town systems: social, commerce, mobility, food, water, waste, energy and biological, will set the framework for the discussion. Suggestions for incremental, phased-in and decentralized strategies that include clean energy as a part of redevelopment projects will be discussed. Specific topical areas of discussion include: Incorporating technology policy into urban planning, New transportation policies that can positively and negatively affect energy usage, Urban form and design strategies that can harness natural energy, Tool kit ideas for specific design issues, Code and regulatory suggestions for integrated clean energy. Upon completion of the session, attendees will understand: Energy issues and their relationship to town planning and design, The relationship between holistic town planning and energy systems engineering, The key elements in developing a strategic energy plan for a complex organization, The variety of program options available to planners when attempting to affect energy usage in a community, and How strategic energy plans can combine concepts of efficiency improvements with land use policies. Attendees will leave with an overview of clean energy issues related to planning and design, a checklist for evaluating Integrated Energy Planning (IEP) in their neighborhoods, various ‘tool kit’ suggestions for integrating clean energy, and will be directed to sources for more in-depth study.