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Climate Change Summit

Wisconsin Communities Take Action


Climate Change Resources
December2008
General
References Provided by Terry Tamminen, Summit Opening Keynote
Speaker

•Terry Tamminen’s Home Page www.terrytamminen.com

•The New America Foundation www.newamerica.net The New America


Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in
new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges
facing the United States.

•Pegasus Capital Advisors www.pegasusinvestors.com Pegasus Capital


Advisors, L.P. is a U.S.-based private equity fund manager that provides
creative capital and business solutions to middle market companies across a
wide variety of industries.

•Seventh Generation Advisors www.seventhgenerationadvisors.org Seventh


Generation Advisors focuses on ways to preserve the environment by
advocating policy and promoting a sustainable
economy.

Office of Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton http://www.ltgov.wisconsin.gov . A


website maintained by the Office of the Lt. Governor. Keep up to date on her
projects and initiatives and keep her updated on your work. If you have an idea or
have hit a roadblock with your planning, visit the “contact us” page to stay in touch
Lt. Governor Lawton.

Wisconsin Climate Change Summit http://www.wiclimatechangesummit.com


Summit website containing speaker power point presentations and copies of
handout materials.
Sustainable Communities Capacity Center
http://www2.uwsuper.edu/sustainability/ A website maintained by UW Extension to
provide access to educational materials and resources to expand the capacity of
communities to explore, understand, create, implement, evaluate, and share
sustainability strategies.

Climate Protection Strategies and Best Practices Guide


http://www.usmayors.org/climateprotection/documents/2007bestpractices-mcps.pdf
A report created by the U.S. Council of Mayors that provides a wide range of
illustrations of how cities are tackling the need to conserve energy and other
resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and what they are
accomplishing as a result of their efforts.

Climate Change: a Multidisciplinary Approach. 2007. Book by William James


Burroughs. (UWSP Library call number: QC981.8 .C5 B86 2007). Current
knowledge of climate change and its implications for society.

Earth, the Sequel: the Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming.
2008. Book by Fred Krupp. (TJ163.4 .U6 K78 2008). The innovators and investors
who are reinventing energy and the way it is used.

Economics and the Environment. 2008. Book by Eban S. Goodstein. (HE75.6


.G66 2008). Includes an economic discussion of global warming.

The Last Polar Bear: a Photographic Journey. 2008. Book by Steven


Kazlowski. (QL737 .C27 K39 2008). Addresses the history of climate change and
the fate of the polar bear in the warming Arctic.

Climate Information and Services http://www.climateservices.gov/ Provides


links to climate resources from 9 different government agencies (Departments of
Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Interior, Transportation and the EPA,
NASA, and the National Science Foundation).

EPA Climate Web Site http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/index.html Includes


scientific discussion, greenhouse gas emissions, environmental impacts and other
resource materials.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change http://www.ipcc.ch/ Fourth


annual climate change assessment report and topical technical papers.

Regional Initiatives to Address Global Climate Change. 2008 Wisconsin


Legislative Council. http://www.legis.state.wi.us/lc/publications/im/im_2008_02.pdf
Identifies four regional initiatives in North America, the European Union Climate
Change Program, and the International Carbon Action Partnership. Print copy in
Library, WI Documents Dept. (WI LEG. 3: IM/2008/2).

Personal Emissions Calculator (EPA)


http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ind_calculator.html An online tool to
calculate your household greenhouse gas emissions and how you can lower your
total emissions.
Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water
Resources, and Biodiversity in the United States 2008.
http://www.climatescience.gov/Library/sap/sap4-3/final-report/default.htm The U.S.
Climate Change Science Program studies the effects of global warming on the
environment.

Pew Center on Global Climate Change http://www.pewclimate.org A non-profit


research group that brings together business leaders, scientists, policy makers and
other experts. They also sponsor the Business Environmental Leadership Council.
Center on Wisconsin Strategy http://www.cows.org/ The Center on Wisconsin
Strategy (COWS) conducts research and policy analysis to demonstrate "high road"
(high wage/productivity/profits, low waste, democratically accountable) economic
growth and government is possible for Wisconsin and beyond.
Wisconsin Green Building Alliance http://wgba.org/ State organization
promotes using sustainable materials in building and remodeling.
Blueprint for Congress www.climatecommunities.us/documents/blueprint.pdf A
copy of the blueprint for the new president and Congress from local communities,
sending a message about the need for federal support to empower greater local
action to create green jobs and address climate and energy challenges.
Links to Wisconsin Climate Change Sponsors
Boardman Law Firm http://www.boardmanlawfirm.com/
Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin http://www.meuw.org/
Orion Energy Systems http://www.oriones.com/home.html
Wisconsin Alliance of Cities http://www.wiscities.org/
Wisconsin Public Service http://www.wisconsinpublicservice.com/
Alliant Energy http://www.alliantenergy.com/
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The Impact of Climate Change in Wisconsin


Climate Information and Services http://www.climateservices.gov/ Provides
links to climate resources from 9 different government agencies (Departments of
Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Interior, Transportation and the EPA,
NASA, and the National Science Foundation).

Regional Initiatives to Address Global Climate Change. 2008. Wisconsin


Legislative Council. http://www.legis.state.wi.us/lc/publications/im/im_2008_02.pdf
Identifies four regional initiatives in North America, the European Union Climate
Change Program, and the International Carbon Action Partnership. Print copy in
Library, WI Documents Dept. (WI LEG. 3: IM/2008/2).
State Climatology Office Web Site www.aos.wisc.edu/~sco/ This site has many
graphs and maps showing climate variability and trends in Wisconsin.

Midwest Regional Climate Center http://mcc.sws.uiuc.edu/ Graphs and maps


focusing on the multi-state region surrounding Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts .


http://www.wicci.wisc.edu/about.htm The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change
Impacts was formed in response to questions raised by a bipartisan committee of
state legislators who wanted to know how climate change could impact their
districts and constituents.

Wisconsin’s Strategy for Reducing Global Warming


http://dnr.wi.gov/environmentprotect/gtfgw/documents/Final_Report.pdf July 2008
Final Report of the Governor’s Task Force on Global Warming.

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Dealing with Risk, Uncertainty and Local Capacity for


Change
An Unfamiliar State: How Global Warming Could Change Natural
Wisconsin. 2007.
http://www.environmentamerica.org/uploads/Uh/NM/UhNMNKKS4XIGqGDc4LtLTQ/_A
n_Unfamiliar_State_Wisconsin_Global-Warming.May2007.pdf . Report of the WI
Environment Research & Policy Center describing how water, forests, farming, and
natural recreation may be affected by global warming.

DSIRE http://dsireusa.org Information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives


that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency which includes summary
maps with contractor license requirements, income tax incentives, property tax
exemptions, rebate programs, and other topics.

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Energy Options
Wisconsin Land Use Megatrends: Energy. 2008.
http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr/landcenter/Publications/EnergyMegatrendswhite.pdf WI
Center for Land Use Education investigates the connections between energy and
land use.

Clean Energy Wisconsin: a Plan for Energy Independence. 2008.


http://cdm267601.cdmhost.com/u?/p267601coll4,1009 . Print copy in WI
Documents Dept (WI ENE 2.1/6:I 53/2008). WI Office of Energy Independence on WI
energy policy and renewable energy sources.

Energy Independent Communities


http://power.wisconsin.gov/section.asp?linkid=1238&locid=131 The section of the
Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence website explaining the voluntary program
for communities that adopt the Wisconsin Governor’s 25x25 Energy Goal. Contains
information and resources for implementation as well as funding opportunities.

Understanding Renewable Energy Systems. 2005. Book by Voker


Quaschning. (TJ808 .Q37 2005). Renewable sources with high development
potential such as solar thermal, photovoltaics and wind power.

Renewable Energy Handbook: a Guide to Rural Energy Independence, Off-


Grid and Sustainable Living. 2005. Book by William H. Kemp. (TJ808.3 .K44
2005). Creating energy from clean sources and stretching the energy dollar.

Government Green Building Programs Inventory


www.shwec.uwm.edu/governmentgreen Learn how municipalities around the country are
moving green building into practice. This site contains the municipal government
green building policies spreadsheet of UW-Extension which is now a searchable GIS
system.

Wisconsin Green Building Alliance http://wgba.org/ State organization promotes using


sustainable materials in building and remodeling.

Focus on Energy http://www.focusonenergy.com/ Focus on Energy is the state wide energy


program that works with home and business owners to promote energy efficiency and renewable
energy programs through education and cash-back rewards.

Midwest Renewable Energy Association http://www.the-mrea.org The MREA promotes


renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable living through education and demonstration. The
MREA conducts year round training on renewable energy technology and offers education to the
general public through its annual Energy Fair.

DSIRE http://www.dsireusa.org/ DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local,


utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Searchable by
state.

Appalachian Voices http://www.ilovemountains.org/ Find out of your community is connected


to mountain top removal, and what you can do to take action.

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Transportation Options
National Complete Streets Program http://www.completestreets.org/
Information on how communities can implement this national program including
fact sheets and assessment tools.

Wisconsin Safe Routes to School


http://www.dot.state.wi.us/localgov/aid/saferoutes.htm Website for the State of
Wisconsin Safe Routes to School program including background material, toolkits,
surveys and funding opportunities.

Transportation and Climate Change Newsletter – October 2008 - Prepared by


the Office of Planning, Environment and Realty Federal Highway Administration
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/climatechange/newsletter/index.htm

Climate Change Predicted To Have Major Impact On Transportation


Infrastructure And Operations. Mar. 12, 2008. Science Daily.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080311120617.htm.

Wisconsin Energy Transportation. 2008 Pew Center on Global Climate Change


. http://www.pewclimate.org/node/1064

1000 Friend of Wisconsin: Perfecting the Places We Live and Protecting


the Places We Don’t. 2008.
http://www.1kfriends.org/Transportation/Transportation.htm. Information focuses on
helping communities make the connection between land use and transportation
decisions and the state's economic, environmental and cultural health.

Wisconsin Bicycle Facilities Design Handbook


http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/projects/state/docs/bike-facility.pdf A detailed
resource for including bicycle and pedestrian facilities in all street and highway
facilities.

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Waste Management Options


Waste Reduction and Recycling: Apartments. 2007. Print copy in WI Docs
Dept (WI NAT. 9/4: R42/12/2007). A guide for owners of apartments and other multi-
family dwellings.

Commercial Recycling in Wisconsin, Moving Beyond the Status Quo. 2007.


http://cdm267601.cdmhost.com/u?/p267601coll4,665 . The DNR provides
strategies to increase recycling among Wisconsin's businesses.
WasteCap Wisconsin. 2008. http://www.wastecapwi.org A statewide, nonprofit,
industry supported organization that provides waste reduction and recycling
assistance to businesses.

Recycle Bank http://www.recyclebank.com/ A state participation program to


encourage personal recycling through a rewards program. Currently, no
communities in Wisconsin participate in this program.

Curbside Values Program http://www.recyclecurbside.org/ The Curbside Value


Partnership was formed in 2003 to help communities grow and sustain their
curbside recycling programs. The organization’s two goals are to help communities
grow participation in their programs and to help them measure this growth to make
better decisions.

US EPA WARM model for calculating GHG impacts


http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/waste/calculators/Warm_home.html EPA
created the WAste Reduction Model (WARM) to help solid waste planners and
organizations track and voluntarily report greenhouse gas emissions reductions
from several different waste management practices.

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Planning and Infrastructure


Wisconsin Strategy for Reducing Global Warming: Interim Report to
Governor Jim Doyle. 2008.
http://cdm267601.cdmhost.com/u?/p267601coll4,1237 Print copy in Library, WI
Document Dept (WI GO GLO. 1:2008). Interim report of the Governor's Task Force
including policy recommendations.

EPA Climate Web Site. 2008. http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/index.html


Includes scientific discussion, greenhouse gas emissions, environmental impacts
and other resource materials.

State Climate Action Plans. 2008. EPA State and Local Government Planning site.
http://epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/stateandlocalgov/state_action.html.

Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts.


http://www.wicci.wisc.edu/about.htm The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change
Impacts was formed in response to questions raised by a bipartisan committee of
state legislators who wanted to know how climate change could impact their
districts and constituents.

Sustainable Communities Capacity Center


http://www2.uwsuper.edu/sustainability/ A website maintained by UW Extension to
provide access to educational materials and resources to expand the capacity of
communities to explore, understand, create, implement, evaluate, and share
sustainability strategies.

LEED for Neighborhood Development


http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=148 The LEED for
Neighborhood Development Rating System integrates the principles of smart
growth, urbanism and green building into the first national system for neighborhood
design.

Center for Land Use Education http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr/landcenter/ Reports,


handbooks, fact sheets and workshops on a wide range of planning topics.

1,000 Friends of Wisconsin http://www.1kfriends.org/ Information focuses on


helping communities make the connection between land use and transportation
decisions and the state's economic, environmental and cultural health.

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Developing Local Food Systems


Worldchanging: a User's Guide for the 21st Century. 2006. Book edited by
Alex Steffen. (HC79 .E5 W676 2006). Ideas for buying locally produced food,
workplace sustainability, eco-building, and advocating for change.

Developing a Vibrant and Sustainable Regional Food System: Suggestions


for Community-Based Groups. August 2006.
http://www.valuechains.org/rfswg/RFSWG_guide_081406.pdf Prepared by The
Leopold Center’s Regional Food System Working Group Subcommittee. This site
provides suggestions for community groups as they: envision their food future,
identify key elements that will make their regional food system more sustainable,
and consider, which indicators will best inform whether they are making progress
toward their goals.

Wisconsin’s Farm-to-School program


http://www.reapfoodgroup.org/farmtoschool/ Wisconsin Homegrown Lunch is a
grassroots program whose goal is to enhance Wisconsin schools' existing meal
programs by introducing fresh, nutritious, local and sustainably grown food to
children.

Madison area R.E.A.P. (Research, Education, Action and Policy on Food Group):
http://www.reapfoodgroup.org/ The city of Madison’s program to build a regional
food program.

Wisconsin’s Institutional Food Market Coalition http://www.ifmwi.org/ The


Institutional Food Market Coalition works to connect large volume institutional
buyers in the private, public and not-for profit sectors with local WI produce auctions
and growers.
Wisconsin Local Food Network Wiki http://wisconsinlocalfood.wetpaint.com/
Provides information about and for local food initiatives in Wisconsin.

Dane County Food Policy Council http://www.countyofdane.com/foodcouncil/


The Dane County Food Council explores issues and develops recommendations to
create an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable local food system
for the Dane County region.

Central Rivers Farmshed http://www.farmshed.org Central Rivers Farmshed is a


growing movement in Central Wisconsin to build and strengthen relationships
between local farms, restaurants, retailers, and consumers.

American Planning Association’s Food System Planning Whitepaper. 2005.


http://myapa.planning.org/divisions/pdf/foodwhitepaper.pdf Provides background
material on food system planning and its relationship to other types of land use
planning. Contains an extensive bibliography on the topic.

Center for Land Use Education’s Land Use Tracker Winter 2007 edition on
Food Systems
http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr/landcenter/tracker/winter2007/Tracker.html

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Community Purchasing
Green Purchasing http://www.ofee.gov/gp/gp.asp This government website
offered by the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive. This site provides
information on the acquisition of recycled content products, environmentally
preferable products and services, biobased products, energy- and water-efficient
products, alternate fuel vehicles, products using renewable energy, and alternatives
to hazardous or toxic chemicals.

Green Purchasing. 2008. http://www.noharm.org/us/greenpurchasing/issue The


Health Care Without Harm Website provides information on the Environmentally
Preferable Purchasing system for hospitals and health systems.

REGREEN http://www.regreenprogram.org/ The American Society of Interior


Designers’ Foundation and the U.S. Green Building Council have partnered on the
development of best practice guidelines and targeted educational resources for
sustainable residential improvement projects. This program will increase
understanding of sustainable renovation project practices and benefits among
homeowners, residents, design professionals, product suppliers and service
providers to build both demand and industry capacity.

Green Government Purchasing – King County, WA


http://www.metrokc.gov/procure/green/ The Environmental Purchasing Program
provides county employees with information to help them identify, evaluate, and
ultimately purchase, economical and effective environmentally preferable products
and services.
Responsible purchasing 101 http://gpnews.com/Issue/Article/78795/Issue An
introductory primer presenting the basics of responsible purchasing.
Responsible Purchasing Network http://www.responsiblepurchasing.org/
Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) is an international network of buyers
dedicated to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing. Our
membership program and consulting services provide institutional purchasers with
cutting edge procurement tools and resources designed to save money, conserve
resources, reduce waste, and improve efficiency.
RPN Purchasing Guide
http://www.responsiblepurchasing.org/purchasing_guides/all/ Purchasing Guides for
a range of products and services.

Montana DEQ - Responsible Purchasing in State Government


http://www.deq.mt.gov/Recycle/3Rs/3RPurchasing.asp Resources compile by the
State of Montana to support green responsible purchasing.
Minnesota Environmentally Responsible Purchasing
http://www.mmd.admin.state.mn.us/envir.htm Resources compiled by the State of
Minnesota Materials Management to help state agencies purchase environmentally
preferable products.
Penn Purchasing Services, Socially Responsible Purchasing
http://www.purchasing.upenn.edu/social/
Website of the University of Pennsylvania Purchasing Services department with
information that supports the seven principals of "socially responsible purchasing".
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Biofuels and Bioenergy


Wisconsin Biofuels and Alternative Fuel Use Report: 2008 Annual Report.
http://power.wisconsin.gov/docview.asp?docid=13666&locid=131 Print copy in WI
Documents Dept (WI ENE.1/2:G 37/2008). WI Office of Energy Independence report
on biofuels production and state fleet vehicles and consumption.

Wisconsin Guide to Building Biofuels Facilities. 2007.


http://power.wisconsin.gov/docview.asp?docid=11265&locid=131 Print copy in WI
Documents Dept (WI ENE 2.6:F33/2007). WI Office of Energy Independence report
on biofuel facilities site considerations, design, and business considerations.

Biofuels for Transportation: A Climate Perspective, June 2008.


http://www.pewclimate.org/biofuels-transportation Report prepared by the Pew
Center on Global Climate Change. This paper offers an introduction to the current
state of play for biofuels: the technologies used in their production, their GHG
emissions, and associated policy issues.

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Opportunities for Innovative Businesses


The Clean Tech Revolution: the Next Big Growth and Investment
Opportunity. 2007. Book by Ron Pernick. (UWSP Library call number: TD145
.P46 2007). Developing clean technologies is not just a social issues, but it's a
moneymaking enterprise moving into the business mainstream.

Greener Buildings. http://www.greenerbuildings.com A one-stop resource on


designing, constructing, and operating environmentally responsible commercial and
industrial buildings, created in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council.

Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy. 2008.


http://www.ceres.org/BICEP BICEP’s goal is to work directly with key allies in the
business community and with members of Congress to pass meaningful energy and
climate change legislation that is consistent with our core principles.

Strategies for the Green Economy: Opportunities and Challenges in the


New World of Business. 2008. Book by Joel Makower. (UWSP – on order) This
book distills more than twenty years of watching the green business scene and
offers insights and inspiration for understanding and untangling the complexities
and controversies of profiting in the growing green economy.

GreenBiz.com. 2008. http://www.greenbiz.com/ The leading online news and


information resource on how to align environmental responsibility with business
success.

Southern Wisconsin’s THRIVE initiative http://www.thrivehere.org/ Thrive, the


Madison Region Economic Development Enterprise, is a nonprofit organization
created to grow the economy of Wisconsin's eight-county Madison Region in ways
that preserve and enhance the quality of life.

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Funding
Federal and Private Funding http://power.wisconsin.gov Up-to-date information
on current federal and private funding opportunities that are available for clean
energy projects.
Energy Independent Communities
http://power.wisconsin.gov/section.asp?linkid=1238&locid=131 The section of the
Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence website explaining the voluntary program
for communities that adopt the Wisconsin Governor’s 25x25 Energy Goal. Contains
information and resources for implementation as well as funding opportunities.

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