Green Communities Research Center

Energy Efficiency

Reducing our use of energy supplies and using energy more efficiently — through technological advances, behavioral changes, and more efficient design — is important for reducing greenhouse gases and fostering energy sustainability. Efficiency and conservation are often the most cost-effective options for reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Development patterns, building and site design, infrastructure, and transportation are all areas where communities and planners can help facilitate energy efficiency through better design, incentives, and other programs.

Some resources related to energy efficiency include the APA Policy Guide on Energy, the January/February 2009 PAS Memo "Integrating Energy and Climate into Planning," and the Planners Energy and Climate Database, which includes resources and case studies of energy efficiency programs.

Information about federal energy efficiency programs is reported in APA Advocate.