Friday, January 15, 2010

Bloomington shows how it's done: Preparing for the Post-Oil World

Bloomington, Indiana's peak oil task force report starts with this great attention getting page:

oil is everywhere

roofing paper ● heart valves ● asphalt ● crayons ● parachutes
telephones ● dishwashing liquid ● transparent tape ● antiseptics
purses ● deodorant ● panty hose ● air conditioners ● shower
curtains ● shoes ● volleyballs ● electrician's tape ● floor wax
lipstick ● synthetic clothing ● coal extraction and processing
bubble gum ● running shoes ● car bodies ● tires ● house paint
hair dryers ● pens ● ammonia ● eyeglasses ● contacts ● insect
repellent ● fertilizers ● hair coloring ●movie film ● ice chests
loudspeakers ● basketballs ● footballs, ● combs/brushes
linoleum ● fishing rods ● rubber boots ● water pipes ● motorcycle
helmets ● fishing lures ● petroleum jelly ● lip balm
antihistamines ● golf balls ● dice ● insulation ● trash bags
rubber cement ● cold cream ● umbrellas ● inks of all types ● paint
brushes ● hearing aids ● compact discs ● mops ● bandages
artificial turf ● cameras ● glue ● shoe polish ● caulking ● tape
recorders ● stereos ● plywood ● adhesives ● toilet seats ● car
batteries ● candles ● refrigerator seals ● carpet ● cortisone
vaporizers ● solvents ● nail polish ● denture adhesives ● balloons
boats ● dresses ● non-cotton shirts ● perfumes ● toothpaste
plastic forks ● hair curlers ● plastic cups ● electric blankets ● oil
filters ● floor wax ● Ping-Pong paddles ● bras ● water skis
upholstery ● chewing gum ● thermos bottles ● plastic chairs
plastic wrap ● rubber bands ● computers ● gasoline ● diesel fuel
kerosene heating oil ● motor oil ● jet fuel ● marine diesel and butane.

Thanks to Goal One Coalition blog for pointing it out -- as GOC says, the Bloomington folks did a fantastic job:

The Task Force report – Redefining Prosperity: Energy Descent and Community Resilience - calls for a reduction in community oil consumption by 5% per year in an effort to realize a 50 percent decrease in consumption in just 14 years. The targeted rate of decrease in oil consumption is along the lines laid out by the oil depletion protocol.

Suggested strategies for achieving the reduced fuel consumption goals include:

  • Explore new energy sources, greater efficiencies and conservation opportunities for the following energy-intensive municipal services: water and wastewater treatment; law enforcement and fire protection; heating and cooling municipal buildings; and trash removal and recycling. Immediate attention should be given to off-grid water production to meet minimum community needs.

  • Promote economic relocalization. Our community’s reliance on a steady supply of inexpensive goods from as far as halfway around the world makes us vulnerable to a decline in inexpensive oil and/or shortages. Producing and processing more goods within the community fosters greater security in a post-peak world while strengthening the local economy.

  • Intensify the City’s emerging focus on form-based development, so that residents can easily live within walking distance of daily needs, such as grocery stores, schools and pharmacies.

  • Increase home energy conservation and aim to retrofit 5 percent of housing per year.

  • Establish community cooperative rideshare programs.

  • Advocate for greater local, state and federal funding for public transit.

  • Accelerate local food production by training more urban farmers and removing legal, institutional and cultural barriers to farming within the city.

  • Plant edible landscapes throughout the city.

The Task Force’s vision is for a city where “most residents live within walking distance of daily needs; most of the food required to feed residents is grown within Monroe County; residents can easily and conveniently get where they need to go on bike, foot or public transit; most of the community’s housing stock is retrofit for energy efficiency; and local government provides high-quality services to its residents while using less fossil fuel energy.”

(h/t to Goal One)

Great idea!

Until the cars stop running, we'll have to share most roads with them. Here's a very nice urban detail that will make that wait much nicer.

(h/t Progressive Review)