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ACEEE: The Many Ways Energy Efficiency Can Boost a Community's Resilience
Oct. 5, 2015 — Making sure cities are resilient to a broad array of challenges has become a core concern for anyone involved in urban planning. Hurricane Katrina's devastation on the Gulf Coast, and, more recently, Hurricane Sandy's effects on the East Coast showed us that preparing for the future can have consequential impacts on people's lives and communities as a whole.
Both storms provided tangible examples of extreme weather's danger, but cities and towns also face diverse challenges ranging from aging infrastructure in need of repair to the everyday social vulnerability of the disadvantaged.
Energy concerns are also a vital component of the community resilience equation because energy literally powers our communities, making modern life possible. Energy efficiency is an ideal component of any resilience strategy because it aids emergency response and recovery, helps with climate change adaptation and mitigation, and provides social and economic benefits.
In the latest report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), titled "Enhancing Community Resilience Through Energy Efficiency," the organization discusses energy efficiency measures and their resilience benefits, and how efficiency can be integrated into resilience planning.
To read the report, visit http://aceee.org/research-report/u1508.
To continue reading this blog post, by Senior Analyst David Ribeiro, click here.
ACEEE acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. For information about ACEEE and its programs, publications, and conferences, visit aceee.org.
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