What is mitigation?
Mitigation: An anthropogenic intervention to reduce the anthropogenic forcing of the climate system; it includes strategies to reduce greenhouse gas sources and emissions and enhancing greenhouse gas sinks. (IPCC, Climate Change 2007).

More simply, mitigation involves actions that reduce the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. It includes ways to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and to enhance sinks (things that absorb more greenhouse gases than they emit). Many mitigation strategies involve reducing energy use or switching to cleaner energy sources.

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Tools & Guides    [Top]

  • Landfill Gas Energy for Local Governments: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs (USEPA)
    This guide describes how local governments and communities can achieve energy, environmental, health, and economic benefits by using landfill gas (LFG) recovered from municipal solid waste landfills as a source of renewable energy. 2012.

  • Energy Efficiency in Local Government Operations: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs (USEPA)
    This guide describes how local governments can lead by example and achieve multiple benefits by improving the energy efficiency of their new, existing, and renovated facilities and their day-to-day operations. It is designed to be used by facility managers, energy and environment staff, other local government agencies, and mayors and city councils. 2011.

  • Energy Planning: A Guide for Northwest Indian Tribes (Northwest SEED)
    Guide contains information and resources to help select and implement projects to conserve energy, generate clean, renewable energy, construct efficient and environmentally friendly buildings and other energy related community or business projects, all tailored to the geography of the Northwest and the people of its Tribes.

  • Cultivating Green Energy on Brownfields: A Nuts and Bolts Primer for Local Governments (The National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals)
    This report helps local governments evaluate the potential for developing renewable energy on brownfields and other contaminated sites. The resource is a starting point for local governments considering renewable energy as a redevelopment strategy for brownfields.  The guide provides some resources for tribes. January 2012.

  • Climate Change Action Planning for Local Government Workshop Package (Local Government and Shires Associations of New South Wales)
    Workshop Package developed to assist Australian local governments undertake workshops to plan a local climate change response. The Package offers guidance for preparing for and facilitating workshops and meetings, risk assessment tools and templates, technical guidance and references, PowerPoint presentations, details for group activities and facilitation techniques, evaluation forms, a template for a climate change action plan.

  • Focus on Sustainability: Tribal Sustainable Energy Accomplishments
    The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals’ Executive Director, Ann Marie Chischilly, and Hopi Tribe’s Renewable Energy Director, Ken Lomayestewa, appeared on PBS’ Arizona Horizons program to discuss challenges and successes that Arizona’s tribal governments are experiencing as they develop sustainable energy resources. Copyright Arizona Board of Regents, 1/24/12.

  • Interactive Map of US Tidal Energy Resources
    The US Dept. of Energy, in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, recently released a new database and online mapping application identifying the energy potential available in the US from ocean tides. This online application provides important information that can improve the performance, lower the costs, and accelerate the deployment of innovative water power technologies. The online application maps the energy available in the nation’s tidal streams. Researchers at Georgia Tech’s Savannah campus used the Regional Ocean Model to simulate tidal flows along the entire U.S. coastline, which is marked by thousands of streams, rivers and bays subject to daily tides. DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory validated the model’s accuracy and the resulting data are now publically available.
    DOE news article:
    Interactive map:

  • Renewable Energy Development in Indian Country: A Handbook for Tribes
    The concept for this handbook grew out of Dept. of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) tribal energy workshops ; tribes and Alaska Natives sought a guide that would explain some of the key business and development issues encountered by tribes in energy projects. Guide is an accessible reference for those who are new to energy project development or seek a refresher on key development issues as they navigate the project development process. June 2010.

  • Native Power (Native American Renewable Energy Education Project)
    Handbook on renewable energy and energy efficiency for Native American communities. Jan 1998.

  • Sustainable Tribal Economies: a Guide to Restoring Energy and Food Sovereignty in Native America (Honor the Earth)
    Explores food and energy issues in tribal communities, recognizes their linkages, provides examples of tribal innovation and outlines options for tribal communities to create sustainable energy and food economies for this millennium and for the generations yet to come.

  • Small Communities Toolkit (ICLEI)
    Toolkit designed to help small communities overcome limitations such as part-time or volunteer elected officials, small budgets, and minimal municipal control, through detailed resources, case studies, and guidance.

  • Programs, Tools & Resources to Assist Local Governments
    Grants and funding, programs for local governments implementing climate action plans, other US EPA resources, Feb. 2008.
    Climate Change Guide for Local Govt by EPA 2008

  • How Clean Is the Electricity I Use?—Power Profiler (US EPA)
    In the United States, electricity is generated in many different ways, with a wide variation in environmental impact. Electricity generation from the combustion of fossil fuels contributes toward unhealthy air quality, acid rain, and global climate change. Many electricity customers can choose their provider of electricity or can purchase green power from their utility. In fact, you might now have the option of choosing cleaner, more environmentally friendly sources of energy. Power Profiler will: Determine your power grid region based on your ZIP code and electric utility; Compare the fuel mix and air emissions rates of the electricity in your region to the national average; Determine the air emissions impacts of electricity use in your home or business. Power Profiler is very easy to use and takes about 5 minutes. To start, all you need is your ZIP code.

  • Waste Reduction Model—WARM (US EPA)
    EPA created the WAste Reduction Model (WARM) to help solid waste planners and organizations track and voluntarily report greenhouse gas emissions reductions from several different waste management practices. WARM is available as web-based calculator or Excel spreadsheet.

  • Landfill Gas Energy Project Development Handbook (US EPA)
    The US EPA's Landfill Methane Outreach Program encourages and facilitates the development of environmentally and economically sound LFG energy projects by partnering with stakeholders and providing a variety of information, tools, and services. One tool, the LFG Energy Project Development Handbook, provides LFG energy project development guidance, with individual chapters about the basics of LFG energy, gas modeling, technology options, economic analysis and financing, contract and permitting considerations, and selection of project partners. The intended audience for this handbook is landfill owners, energy service providers, corporate energy end users, state agencies, local governments, and communities. 2010.

  • Recycled Content (ReCon) Tool (US EPA)
    EPA created the Recycled Content (ReCon) Tool to help companies and individuals estimate life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy impacts from purchasing and/or manufacturing materials with varying degrees of post-consumer recycled content. Emission estimates provided by the ReCon Tool are intended to support voluntary GHG measurement and reporting initiatives, as well as such initiatives as EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG) Program. ReCon is available both as a web-based calculator and as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

  • Energy Efficiency Programs in K-12 Schools: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs (US EPA)
    This guide describes how local governments can work with school districts to improve energy efficiency in existing, renovated, and new K-12 schools; reduce energy costs; and create a range of environmental, economic, and educational benefits. It is designed to be used by school district energy program managers, school districts and school boards, local government agencies, and mayors and city councils. EPA 430-R-09-034, 2011.

  • Rapid Deployment Energy Efficiency (RDEE) Toolkit (US EPA)
    Detailed program design and implementation guides for 10 broadly applicable energy efficiency programs. The RDEE Toolkit helps all entities choose successful programs as they advance energy efficiency program funding opportunities through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

  • Home Energy Saver (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab)
    Internet-based tool for calculating energy use in residential buildings.

  • Tools for Carbon Inventory, Management, and Reporting (US Forest Service)
    Basic calculation tools to help quantify forest carbon for planning or reporting.

  • A Citizen's Guide to LEED for Neighborhood Development: How to Tell if Development is Smart and Green (Natural Resources Defense Council)
    Guide is a hands-on introduction that NRDC developed for local environmental groups, smart growth organizations, neighborhood residents and just about anyone interested in making our communities better and greener. The principles embodied in LEED-ND can be applied to situations other than those in which a development is seeking certification. May 2011.

Websites    [Top]

Tribal Energy Program (US Dept. of Energy)
The Tribal Energy Program provides financial and technical assistance to tribes for the evaluation and development of renewable energy resources, and provides education and training to help build the knowledge and skills essential for sustainable energy projects. Join their email list to receive information about funding opportunities and training.

Presentation: DOE’s Tribal Energy Program--Powerpoint presentation given at ITEP Climate Change course, August 2008.

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (US DOE)
    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL develops renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices, advances related science and engineering, and transfers knowledge and innovations to address the nation's energy and environmental goals.

  • Open Energy Info (US Dept of Energy)
    Open Energy Info is a linked open data platform bringing together energy information to provide improved analyses, unique visualizations, and real-time access to data. It makes DOE resources and open energy data widely available to the public.

  • Tribal Energy and Environmental Information Clearinghouse (US Dept. of Interior, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development)
    Information about energy resource development and associated environmental impacts and mitigation measures; guidance for conducting site-specific environmental assessments and developing monitoring programs; information about applicable federal laws and regulations; and federal and tribal points of contact.

  • Tribal Climate and Energy Information (USEPA)
    Website is designed to be a resource for tribal communities interested in implementing climate change mitigation and energy management projects that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help to slow the rate of climate change and its impacts on economic and cultural sustainability. It has links resources with information that can help tribes reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency, land use planning, renewable energy, transportation, water/wastewater, and waste management. It also provides information on collaborating with state and local governments, organizations, and Tribal Colleges and Universities for funding and partnering opportunities.

  • State and Local Climate and Energy Program (US EPA)
    Program provides technical assistance, analytical tools, and outreach support to state, local, and tribal governments. Website brings together EPA information and resources related to climate change and clean energy, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste management, and workforce development. Includes guides for developing a climate change action plan or greenhouse gas inventory; guidance on evaluating policy and program options and measuring results; podcasts and webcasts. Has a Tribal Climate and Energy page designed to be a resource for tribal communities interested in implementing climate change mitigation and energy management projects that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help to slow the rate of climate change and its impacts on economic and cultural sustainability.

  • Sustainable Skylines Initiative (US EPA)
    Locally-led, EPA-supported, public-private partnership to reduce air emissions and promote sustainability in urban environments. Provides a framework that can achieve measurable reductions within 3 years. Through SSI, an area creates a partnership that selects and implements projects based on their own local needs.

  • DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency)
    Information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

  • Wind Powering America: Wind Power for Native Americans (US Dept. of Energy)
    Anemometer loan program, workshops, technical assistance, case studies.

  • WindTurbines.Net is a social network for the wind turbine community where the public and the wind energy profession can come together to get advice, share ideas and network for career advancement. Website includes an online network, news, videos, job postings, and more.

  • Guide to Buying an Efficient Car: Alternative Fuel Vehicles and High Efficiency Vehicles (CarInsuranceQuotes)
    Provides links to websites about alternative fuel vehicles and high efficiency vehicles, incentives and programs, and fueling facilities for alternative fuel vehicles.

  • 23 Steps Towards Energy Efficiency (Co-op America)

  • Consumer Guide to Home Energy Saving (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy)

  • Energy Savers (US Dept. of Energy)
    Learn ways to save energy and use clean, renewable technologies at home, while driving, and at work. Includes information about rebates, tax credits, and financing.

  • Energy Star (US EPA, US Dept. of Energy)
    Energy Star products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines.

  • NativeEnergy
    You can buy carbon offsets to displace the CO2 emissions generated by your own activities. Carbon offsets sold by NativeEnergy help finance new clean and renewable energy projects that help create sustainable economic benefits for Native Americans, Alaska Native villages, family farmers and local communities.

  • Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership (BSCSP)
    One of seven regional partnerships created by US Dept. of Energy to help develop the technology, infrastructure, and regulations to implement large-scale CO2 sequestration. Nez Perce Tribe and Crow Tribe are partners of BSCSP.

  • Carbon Sequestration in Agriculture and Forestry (US EPA)

  • Restore America's Estuaries
    Restore America's Estuaries is nonprofit organization established in 1995 as an alliance of eleven community-based conservation organizations working to protect and restore the vital habitats of our nation’s estuaries. It is leading a landmark initiative to help coastal wetlands restoration and protection projects issue carbon credits on the international voluntary carbon market for the first time.

  • What is REDD? A Guide for Indigenous Communities (Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, Forest Peoples Programme, International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs and Tebtebba)
    This guide provides information on REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), one of the mitigation measures now promoted for combating climate change, and its implications for indigenous peoples. It is intended primarily for indigenous peoples as a guide in understanding climate change, REDD and how they relate to the recognition and exercise of the collective rights of indigenous peoples. The guidebook can be downloaded from the website. 2010.*

  • Design for Reuse Primer (Public Architecture)
    Material reuse is integral to a sustainable vision of how to tread lightly on the earth, be economically pragmatic, and nurture a community. The primer provides 15 case studies that provide insights about the material reuse process in a wide variety of contexts and discusses the challenges and demonstrates the benefits of reclaimed materials. © 2010 Public Architecture.

  • Greener Products (US EPA)
    The EPA Greener Products portal is designed to help the user navigate the increasingly important and complex world of greener products. It allows users to search for EPA programs related to greener products based on the type of user and their specific product interests. It also links to additional greener products information from EPA and other sources.

  • American Indian Sustainable Housing Initiative (Red Feather Development Group)
    Focus of initiative is to educate Indian nations on straw bale building methods that will enable tribes to establish frameworks for long-term self-sufficiency. Also provides a model for rebuilding reservation communities and facilitating positive change.

  • Green Building (US EPA)
    Information about green building and links to resources and funding opportunities.

  • Cold Climate Housing Research Center
    This is a private non-profit corporation created by the home building community to facilitate the development, use, and testing of sustainable, durable, healthy, and cost-effective building technologies for people living in the Circumpolar North. Its Sustainable Northern Communities project investigates, develops and incorporates many sustainable solutions that will benefit northern communities by demonstrating a culturally designed, affordable, replicable and simply constructed home that uses very little water or energy.

  • Constructing a Green Future
    Sustainable and Energy Efficient Tribal Building Workshop, June 2007 (ITEP). Basic information about sustainable energy and building geared towards Arizona tribes.
    Constructing a Green Future Tool Kit

  • US Green Building Council
    Non-profit organization committed to expanding sustainable building practices. LEED rating system, green building research, education.

Reports and other Documents    [Top]

  • Tribal Energy Program February 2012 Award Project Descriptions (US Dept. of Energy)
    Project descriptions of the 19 tribal energy projects selected for negotiation of award.

  • The Role of Local Actors as Energy Efficiency Implementation Partners: Case Studies and a Review of Trends
    White paper describes the characteristics and potential contributions of both local actors and utilities as they relate to implementing energy efficiency. Next it describes two different roles for local governments and civil society in implementing energy efficiency: (1) enabling policies and (2) program partnerships—including several detailed case studies for each. Finally, this piece concludes by describing some of the trends and challenges in local implementation of energy efficiency. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and Energy Efficiency Strategy Project. Feb 2012.

  • The New Energy Future in Indian Country: Confronting Climate Change, Creating Jobs, and Conserving Nature (National Wildlife Federation)
    Report provides an overview of the possibilities for renewable energy in Indian Country. Includes case studies of wind, solar, geothermal and biomass production, and weatherization; maps of energy potential in wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass; how weatherization can reduce energy costs; green jobs in Indian Country and opportunities for clean energy investments, and tribal principles for climate legislation. March 2010.

  • The Mitigation-Adaptation Connection: Milestones, Synergies and Contradictions (ICLEI)
    A primer that discusses the synergies and differences between climate mitigation and adaptation planning.

  • Climate Change 2007: Mitigation of Climate Change (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)
    Working Group III Report

  • 6th Northwest Conservation and Electric Power Plan (Northwest Power and Conservation Council)
    Power plan addresses the risks that uncertainties (about the direction and form of climate change policy, future fuel prices, salmon recovery actions, economic growth, and integrating rapidly growing amounts of variable wind generation) pose for the region’s electricity future and seeks an electrical resource strategy that minimizes the expected cost of, and risks to the regional power system over the next 20 years. Across multiple scenarios considered in the development of the plan, one conclusion was constant: the most cost-effective and least risky resource for the region is improved efficiency of electricity use. Chapter 11 addresses climate change issues. February 2010. *

  • Compendium of US Best Practices (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership, Alliance to Save Energy, and American Council on Renewable Energy)
    Report provides examples of how states and cities are successfully promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy and describes state and local policies, financing mechanisms, and other initiatives that have succeeded in creating favorable market conditions for energy efficiency and renewable energy. April 2010.

  • Native American Clean Energy
    Article discusses opportunities for tribes to develop renewable energy resources. Copyright © Clarity Digital Group LLC. 1/10/11.

  • Renewable Energy Projects Not Always Friendly to Tribal Culture (National Tribal Air Association)
    Most Indian tribes have been very supportive regarding the construction of renewable energy facilities which typically have a lesser environmental footprint than their fossil fuel facility counterparts. Some in Indian country, however, are beginning to express their concerns about some of the former facilities, largely based on their negative impacts to the sacred lands and practices of tribes. The article discusses some recent renewable energy projects and concerns about their potential impacts and how some of these projects are being fast-tracked for approval, providing Indian tribes with little opportunity to fully examine and comment on the projects. As a result, the sacred lands and practices of many of these tribes could be in danger of long-term survival. 11/1/10.

Alaska and Arctic    [Top]

  • REAP--Renewable Energy Alaska Project
    Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) is a coalition of large and small Alaska utilities, businesses, conservation and consumer groups, Alaska Native organizations, and municipal, state and federal entities with an interest in developing Alaska’s vast renewable energy resources. Website includes links to their projects, information about renewable energy, and more.

  • Cook Inlet Region, Inc. to Operate Alaska's First Wind Power Project
    The Fire Island Wind Project in Anchorage, Alaska, has received regulatory approval to become the first independently owned commercial-scale wind power project in the state. Project owner Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI), an Alaska Native corporation, has teamed up with Summit Power Group, a Seattle, Washington-based clean energy developer, to pursue building and operating the wind farm located on Fire Island in Cook Inlet, just three miles west of Anchorage. © 2011 Indian Country Today Media Network, LLC, 10/24/11.

  • Interior Alaska Villages Making Plans to Increase Biomass Use
    The Alaska villages of Tok and Tanana are using wood-fired boilers in some buildings, resulting in great savings on skyrocketing energy costs. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, © 2011 matchbin inc, 4/28/11.

  • Energy-efficient Home in Quinhagak off the Ground
    Article about a project to build a prototype home designed for the climate of the southwest Alaska village of Quinhagak. The Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks began teaching a crew of three in Quinhagak how to build the octagonal, energy-efficient house; the cost of construction and the home heating bills are expected to be reduced drastically. 2010 © News From Indian Country, 10/11/10.

  • Energy-efficient Prototype Homes To Be Tested In Villages
    Article describes prototype homes that will be built in Quinhagak in southwestern Alaska and in Point Lay on the North Slope. They are designed to be energy efficient and will have a lower construction costs. © Copyright 2010, The Anchorage Daily News, 4/23/10.

  • Homes in Alaska village Could Get Eco-update
    Article about an energy-efficient home design that could become prototype for other homes in village of Quinhagak. © 2010 Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 2/27/10.

Hawaii and Pacific Islands    [Top]

Pacific Northwest    [Top]

  • Manure-Fueled Electricity Generator Benefits Tribe and Local Farmers
    A renewable energy venture in the Puget Sound area of Washington State virtually turns manure into money.
    In 2003, the Tulalip Tribes formed a partnership with local dairy farmers to pipe their cows' waste to an anaerobic digester that converts it to electricity. © 2012 Indian Country Today Media Network, LLC. 2/27/12.

  • Ecoanalytics, Together with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Wins More than $1.2 Million in Conservation Innovation Grant Funding
    EcoAnalytics LLC and Finite Carbon Corporation, in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation of Washington State, and the Law Firm of Van Ness Feldman, was awarded $1.226 million dollars as a Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) Greenhouse Gas Awardee. With the leadership and hosting of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Finite Carbon and EcoAnalytics will provide the technical expertise and financial match. A total of $2.45 million will be deployed to adapt and implement forest carbon sequestering practices and develop protocols that overcome the legal and technical barriers faced by tribes in entering carbon credit trading markets. 6/21/11.

  • Spokane Tribe Builds Solar-Powered Early Learning Center
    The Spokane Tribe of Indians dedicated the Pauline Stearns Early Learning Center, the first solar-powered facility on the reservation, which is about 45 minutes east of Spokane, Washington. The solar panels will reduce operating costs, and the building is also equipped with energy efficient doors and windows, insulated roof and wall panels and an energy-saving HVAC system. © 2011 Indian Country Today Media Network, LLC, 6/9/11.

  • Sustainable Social Design: UC Berkeley - Pinoleville-Pomo Nation Collaboration
    A specialized team called CARES4Pomo is working with members of the Pinoleville-Pomo Nation to evaluate sustainable technology and best practices such as solar photovoltaic systems, wind turbine systems, passive and active solar water heaters, grey water systems, and passive building design strategies such as passive solar gain and sun shading. The team members from CARES4Pomo come from UC Berkeley and work under the umbrella of the Community Assessment of Renewable Energy and Sustainability (CARES).

  • Lummi Nation Looks at Wind Power
    News release about the Lummi Nation’s wind energy development feasibility study. Copyright ©2011 Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, 1/11/11.

  • Lummi Nation’s website about the project:

  • Preservation of a Native Northwest Forest
    Website describes a Lummi Nation forest carbon sequestration project that will protect more than 1,654 acres of historical tribal forest land near Mount Vernon, WA, from logging. *

  • Presentation: Oregon Tribal Climate Change Project—BLM State Office
    Powerpoint presentation by Rita Asgeirsson gives overview of tribal renewable energy interests and projects in Oregon, and outlines tribal concerns and recommendations to the Bureau of Land Management. September 2010.
    Presentation: Oregon Tribal Climate Change Project—BLM State Office

Southwest and Great Basin    [Top]

  • Navajos look to invest in grid connection project
    A $1.5 billion effort to link the United States' three major electricity grids has caught the attention of one of the country's largest American Indian tribes as it looks to enter the energy race. Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly has met with developers of the Tres Amigas Superstation and sees the project as an opportunity for electricity generated on the reservation — which spans parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah — to reach other markets. © 2012 The Associated Press. 3/7/12.

  • Agua Caliente Wind-Solar Project Gets Federal Boost
    On February 16, the U.S. Dept. of Energy announced a $214,415 grant to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians to help develop a joint wind-solar energy project on tribal land. © 2012 Indian Country Today Media Network, LLC. 2/18/12.

  • La Jolla Tribal Solar Initiative (Grid Alternatives)
    GRID Alternatives has partnered with the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians on a Tribal Solar Initiative for the La Jolla Indian Reservation. So far three residents have had a solar photovoltaic system installed. Each system is sized to provide approximately 75% of the energy used in the home. Additionally, the resident signs up to receive an energy audit to make their home more energy efficient. At least a dozen more residents have filed applications so many more projects are in the works. Copyright © 2010 GRID Alternatives.

  • Navajo Teams Up with Lab on Tribal Energy Policy
    The Navajo Nation is collaborating with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to identify the potential for carbon sequestration, clean coal technology, and renewable energy. © 2012, CBS Interactive Inc. 2/2/12.;contentBody

  • Renewable Energy Projects on Tribal Lands: A Growing Trend
    Article about southwest tribes developing renewable energy. Copyright © 2006-2011 Environmental Leader LLC, 1/24/12.

  • Prospects for Tribal Renewable Projects Are Dimming
    Among those paying close attention to the collapse of the Solyndra solar cell manufacturer, once a poster child of renewable-energy development for the Obama administration, were the energy advocates who have long pushed for increased federal investment in tribal programs similar to those that funded the failed firm. © 2011 Indian Country Today Media Network, LLC, 10/14/11.

  • Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, Edison Mission Energy Selected by SRP for New Wind Project in Coconino County
    SRP has selected the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, a Navajo Nation enterprise, and Edison Mission Energy to build and operate an 85-megawatt wind farm that would be the first green-energy generation project that is majority owned by an American Indian tribe. The parties are currently negotiating the terms of that contract. SRP Press Release. © 1996-2011 SRP, 7/28/11.

  • Navajo Nation Development of Solar Power Slow
    Article about challenges of bringing solar power to the thousands of rural Navajo families without electricity. Copyright © 2011, 6/19/11.

  • Lawsuit Challenges Plans for Nevada Wind Energy Farm
    The Western Watersheds Project, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe and the Ely Shoshone Tribe filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the government agency that approved the plan for a $260 million wind energy farm planned near eastern Nevada's Great Basin National Park, called the Spring Valley Wind Energy Facility. The lawsuit charges that BLM refused to conduct the full environmental analysis required by the National Environmental Policy Act and instead rushed through a short-cut analysis in order to meet arbitrary funding deadlines desired by the industry. © Las Vegas Sun, 2011, 1/25/11.

  • Can Sunlight Power and Empower Tribes?
    Article discusses impacts that solar projects may have on tribes, and the large scale solar development project at Jemez Pueblo as an example. ©2011 Indian Country Today Media Network, LLC, 1/12/11.

  • Six Utility Scale Desert Solar Projects Get Holiday Surprise
    La Cuna de Aztlan Sacred Sites Protection Circle, a Native American cultural protection group, filed suit in the US District Court, challenging the Bureau of Land Management permitting processes related to six large solar facilities planned for the Mohave, Sonoran and Colorado deserts of Southern California, which included a "fast track" process that resulted in inadequate Environmental Impact Statements and inadequate government to government consultation with the tribes. This suit follows the recent legal challenge by the Quechan Tribe to the Tessara solar project. ©Copyright 1997-2010,Vocus PRW Holdings, 12/28/10.

  • Native Americans Sue US Over Solar Power Plant in Desert
    LA Times article discusses a lawsuit that has been filed by the Quechan Tribe of Arizona and California against the federal government to try to block the construction of a 709-megawatt solar power plant in the Sonoran Desert. The tribe alleges that the installation could damage "cultural and biological resources of significance" and that the Interior Department officials ignored Quechan concerns and rushed through or skipped important permitting steps. The complaint says that more than 28,000 solar dishes intended for the site could harm a region known for the flat-tailed horned lizard, which plays a key role in the tribe's creation mythology. Copyright 2010 Los Angeles Times. 11/4/10.

  • Navajos Hope to Shift From Coal to Wind and Sun
    NYT article says that many Navajos are calling for a future built on solar farms, ecotourism, and small businesses. The tribal government approved a wind farm to be built west of Flagstaff, AZ, and also created a Navajo Green Economy Commission to promote environmentally friendly jobs and businesses. The Navajo Nation’s income from coal has dwindled in recent years as federal and state pollution regulations have imposed costly restrictions and lessened the demand for mining. There have been concerns about environmental damage and health impacts from the coal mining and coal-fired power plants on the reservation. Copyright 2009 The New York Times Company, 10/25/10.

  • Audio: Tribal Lands Struggle To Bring Clean Power Online
    National Public Radio story on the Campo Kumeyaay Nation’s wind energy projects and the challenges faced by tribes as they pursue renewable energy. Copyright 2010 NPR, 8/20/10.

  • Presentation: Navajo Nation Renewable Energy Initiatives
    Powerpoint presentation given at Tribal Lands Forum about Navajo Nation’s renewable energy and green initiatives, including solar, wind, and energy efficiency. August 2010.
    Presentation: Navajo Nation Renewable Energy Initiatives

  • Presentation: Taking On Climate Change—Renewable Energy Projects at the Pueblo of Jemez
    Powerpoint presentation given at National Tribal Forum about Pueblo of Jemez 4 MW solar power project. July 2010.
    Presentation: Renewable Energy Projects at the Pueblo of Jemez

  • Tribes Can Provide the Key to Clean Energy
    Discusses renewable energy potential on tribal lands in the Southwest and projects by the Hopi Tribe, Hualapai Tribe, and Navajo Nation. Copyright © 2009,, 5/30/10.

  • Indian Tribe Sees Bright Future in Solar Power
    Article about solar energy project at Jemez Pueblo. © The Christian Science Monitor. 1/13/10.

  • Presentation: Pueblo of Jemez Renewable Energy Projects
    Powerpoint presentation about solar energy projects and geothermal resource exploration project at Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico. 12/3/09.
    Presentation: Pueblo of Jemez Renewable Energy Projects

  • From Pickups to PV
    High Country News article about using small solar systems on Navajo Nation. © 2009 High Country News, 6/15/09.

  • Tribal Energy Solutions to Climate Change Workshop (March 2008, NM)
    Powerpoints on renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable building.

  • Region 9: Clean Energy and Climate Change: Tribes (US EPA Region 9)
    Information about several tribes in Region 9 that have successfully collaborated with an array of partners to develop renewable energy.

High Plains and Prairies    [Top]

Great Lakes    [Top]

  • Potawatomi tribe proposes renewable energy plant: Facility next to casino would utilize food waste
    The Forest County Potawatomi tribe is proposing to build an $18.5 million biogas energy project adjacent to its Menomonee Valley casino. The renewable energy plan calls for construction of an anaerobic digester that would produce both electricity as well as heat that would provide hot water and heating for the casino. © 2011, Journal Sentinel Inc., 12/7/11.

  • Native American Community Center at Red Lake Nears Completion
    Red Lake Nation in Minnesota will soon have a community center that uses best practices for sustainable design. Simple design considerations such as building orientation, location of windows, selection of long-life cycle materials, low-emitting interior materials and finishes, as well as the use of sun shades will enhance the performance and longevity of the building. The building is designed to maximize energy efficiency by utilizing solar technology, water heated panels, and geothermal heat pumps to heat and cool the building. Strategically placed windows will maximize daylight interior lighting which results in energy efficiency. © 2011 Indian Country Today Media Network, LLC, 9/7/11.

  • Tribes Explore Renewable Energy Prospects
    Article about renewable energy feasibility studies by tribes in Michigan and the challenge of funding the development of renewable energy projects. © 2010, Capital News Service, Michigan State University School of Journalism. 11/5/10.

  • Tribe Plans Wind Turbine
    Article about a wind energy project in Michigan--the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe is putting up a 148-foot, 300-kw wind turbine on the Isabella Reservation. © Copyright 2010 The Morning Sun, 9/11/10.

  • Presentation: Seventh Generation Initiative: Leech Lake’s Solar Furnaces
    Powerpoint presentation given at National Tribal Forum about Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe’s successful pilot project that installed solar furnaces in tribal homes. July 2010.
    Presentation: Leech Lake’s Solar Furnaces

  • Presentation: Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi—LEED Certified Health Center
    Presentation given by David Jones (Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi) at Great Lakes Tribal Climate Change Symposium, Dec. 2008.

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