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The Durham Energy Descent Action Plan is being created by existing local organizations and individuals who are doing relevant work pertaining to sustainabiity and community development as these relate to peak oil, Global Warming and social justice. Currently, the plan is in its early stage when individuals and organizations are making themselves and their related existing or planned projects known. The function of this site is to facilitate coordination and awareness of all the actors and their actions within the various dimensions of an integrated Energy Descent Action Plan.

This Plan has been modeled after the Kinsale Energy Descent Action Plan by Rob Hopkins.

Peak oil, Global Warming and social justice have implications for every dimension of life in Durham. So far, sections identified for the plan include: Food, Water, Youth and Community, Housing, Local Energy, Local Economy and Livelihoods, Local Governance, Health, Transportation, Education and Waste.

Organizations and individuals with affinities to a section will form explicit coalitions. The first step, within Durham will be to assess Durham's current vulnerabilities to diminishing energy supplies and requirements for curtailing CO2 emmisions as a whole. Then the coalitions will identify SUSTAINABLE low-energy alternative systems for their section. For each dimension of life (section) in Durham, a realistic timeline will be drawn up for the transition (including a step-by-step action plan), and a set of informational resources assembled (paticipating organizations and individuals, and more generic informational resources such as: books, articles, web sites, and so on).

The comprehensiveness of the information found in this wiki is a function of the input that visitors make. Like most wikies, THIS IS YOUR WIKI; PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTRIBUTE BY DISCUSSING AND/OR EDITING.

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  • Publication of sustainable farm products by NC Cooperative Extention

service

  • Blueridge ventures mentioned as a similar venture

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HUB, Sustainable Community Network is working ideas with others on Intervale style incubator for sustainable farming and other businesses. Also kitchen incubator for value-add food products. Talked about Blackwoods Farm around Allen & Sons barbeque on Hwy 86 as a location for possible site.

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WaterEdit

The PresentEdit

Research listEdit

  • Good summary of weather facts: Average rainfall, Average temperature, Average number of days between rains throughout year, average evapotranspiration rates throughout year. Projected changes timeline describing the effects of Global Change on weather.
  • Summary of water reservoirs: Volume of water in streams and larger, ponds and lakes, volume relative to historical estimate of underground reservoirs
  • Volume of water processed by treatment facilities
  • Volume of water purchased in local area for consumption
  • Local water bottlers

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Youth and CommunityEdit

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HousingEdit

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Local EnergyEdit

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  • Use alternative forms to communicate the scale of the needs/solutions such as "Armstrong Hours".

(The energy put out by Armstrong going of the Pyrnees full tilt for an hour - or something like that). Work with The ReCYCLEry and bike lending program to further advance awareness of "Armstrong Hours".


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Local Economy and LivelihoodsEdit

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  • Going Local by Michael Shuman as a good model/resource

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Local GovernanceEdit

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  • Greendogs

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HealthEdit

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TransportationEdit

The PresentEdit

DurhamWalks! is the web site created by the City of Durham to help its citizens participate in the planning process for creating the next generation of Durham’s sidewalk, trails, and walking system. DurhamWalks! is a great place to get familiar with your pedestrian plan.

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  • Support pedestrian friendly environment with something like the Walkable Hillsborough initiative

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EducationEdit

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WasteEdit

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