Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Community Planning (MCP)


Community Planning and Area Development

First Advisor

John J. Kupa


This research paper examines the community planner's role in responding to this country's energy problem. The paper is based on the principle that because final use of energy is ubiquitous, relative to production of energy, that a solution to this problem can be best approached from the grass roots level. As a result, the paper focuses on reduction of energy use rather than other energy considerations. The paper establishes the correlation between physical growth and energy consumption, thereby placing the planner in a key role for energy planning due to his traditional function as manager of physical growth and physical resources. This paper suggests an approach to local energy planning by making it a part of the community master plan. It then proceeds to present facts, tools and implementation resources and mechanisms that can be used by the planner to achieve a more energy efficient community.



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