Appendix I – Inspiration
Not claiming to be an exhaustive list, but a starting point for everyone to share and add suggestions to…
A Green New Deal (2008)
New Economics Foundation
A Pattern Language, (1977)
Christopher Alexander et al
New York OUP
A structured method of describing good design practices within a field of expertise.
Atmos Prospectus for Totnes Dairy Crest Site
South London project uses waste timber from the construction industry and arboreal waste from trimming the city trees; the plant has been sized to supply all the local electricity needs so when demand is low, the surplus is sold to the grid.
Can Britain feed itself?
The Land 4 (Winter 2007-08)
Climate Safety: in case of emergency (2008)
Public Interest Research Centre
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. (2005)
Jared M. Diamond
Deals with societal collapses involving an environmental component, and in some cases also contributions of climate change, hostile neighbours, and trade partners, plus questions of societal responses.
Commonwork’s ZEF (Zero fossil Energy Farming) project
Community Resilence Manual. A Resource for Rural Recovery and Renewal (2000)
The Centre for Community Enterprise, British Columbia
Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes. (2005)
Vijoen, Andre, et al
Architectural Press, Burlington MA
DARE report. (2006)
Devon Association for Renewable Energy
Going Local. (1998)
Homes for Wells
A scheme running successfully in Wells in North Norfolk
Localisation, A Global Manifesto (2000)
Colin Hines, Earthscan
Economics and trading that underpin a local economy
Kinsale 2021 An Energy Descent Action Plan (2005)
Kinsale (Ireland) FEC Students & Rob Hopkins
Probably the first attempt by a community to design an EDAP
Making the Invisible Visible: the real value of park assets. (2007)
Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment
Managing without Growth, Slower by Design, Not Disaster. (2008)
Edward Elgar Publishing
One Planet Agriculture: the Case for Action
Edited by Rob Hopkins and Patrick Holden
Plan B 3.0 Mobilizing to save Civilization. (2008)
Lester R. Brown
Free download from The Earth Policy Institute website
Concise yet very informative and readable summaries of the key issues facing civilization as a consequence of the stress we put on our environment. Problems and very practical solutions are laid out.
Plan B 4.0 Mobilizing to save Civilization by the Numbers ( Oct. 2009)
Lester R. Brown
Plan B goals for eradicating poverty and stabilizing population. Behind the scenes are a number of datasets and graphs that delve deeper into the trends discussed.
Prosperity without growth? The transition to a sustainable economy. (2009)
Sustainable Development Commission
Real England-The battle Against the Bland (2008)
Resilience Thinking: Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World. (2006)
Walker, B. And Salt, D.
Small is Beautiful, a study of economics as if people mattered. (1973)
A remarkable book, as relevant today and its themes as pertinent and thought provoking as when it was published over thirty years ago
Sustainable Communities: the potential for eco neighbourhoods. (200)
Barton, H. (ed)
Sustainable Energy-Without the Hot Air (2009)
Cambridge University Press
Focused on the UK, brilliant reference for the serious study of energy issues and how to budget for a post-peak and carbon reducing world. Plenty of facts, figures and wry humour. Free download.
The Collapse of Complex Societies. (1988)
Tainter argues that societies collapse when their investments in social complexity reach a point of diminishing marginal returns.
The Earth Care Manual: A Permaculture Handbook for Britain and Other Temperate Countries. (2004)
The Energy Challenge (2007)
Troubador Publishing Ltd
The Party’s Over (2003)
The Essential Relocalisation of Food Production.(2007)
Towards Transport Justice: Transport and Social Justice in an Oil-Scarce Future, (April 2008)
Transforming Urban Environments for a Post Peak Oil Future: A Vision Plan for the City of Buenaventura. (2009)
The City of Buenaventura
The Transition Handbook: from oil dependency to local resilience’ (2008)
The 12 steps of Transition
The Transition Timeline. (2009)
Green Books/Transition Network
UK perspectives and scenarios and timelines for a post-oil future
Transforming the Future: a design perspective. April 2009
Case studies and sharing ideas with 2 projects in Totnes, Sustainable Makers and ReFurnish.
Partners: Transition Town Totnes (TTT), Dartington College of Arts, & others
What should tomorrow’s world energy production look like?
A GreenFacts summary of the IEA’s global energy scenarios to 2050
Global energy scenarios & strategies to 2050 are explored by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in their ‘Energy Technology Perspectives 2008′ report.
Published and accessible free of charge at www.greenfacts.org/en/energy-technologies
Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller: What the Price of Oil Means for the Way We Live.
Rubin, J. (2009)
Wondermentalist’s Cabaret on Tradio (transition radio)
Zero Carbon Britain, (2008)
Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) commissioned study
- Agroforestry Research Trust
- Association for the Study of Peak Oil ASPO Internationa
- Canadian Centre for Community Renewal
- Change4Life, NHS
- Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon
- Energy Bulletin
- Growing Communities
- Low Carbon Communities Network
- New Economics Foundation
- Post Carbon Institute
- Richard Heinberg
- Riverford’s assessment of its carbon footprint
- Stroud Food Hubs
- Sustainable Development Commission
- The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives
- The Oil Drum
- YouGen – Renewable Energy made Easy
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