ERIC Number: ED212499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Community Energy Policy Project.
Cobb, Thomas B.
The general procedures, techniques for implementing, and results of a citizen-based "grass-roots" program in Ohio for the development and analysis of community energy policies are described. The program emphasizes citizen input and employs the nominal group process to build consensus. Small group discussions are used to generate solutions to local problems which arise from increasing energy costs and resource scarcities. A computer model is used to educate participants about the consequences of continuing historic energy use patterns and to analyze the potential impacts of policy choices on community lifestyle. Policy analysis is performed by a cross-impact procedure and results are graphically displayed for instantaneous feed-back to participants. The program was used with success in six counties of northwest Ohio where it led to the development of community energy action plans, citizen energy task forces, and improved energy awareness. Developers of the program believe that it is beneficial and effective because it can lead to the development of policies and actions which are both supported and promoted by local citizens and it can be used to elicit citizen acceptance of and participation in an already-enacted community energy plan. (Author/DC)
Descriptors: Adults, Citizen Participation, Community Action, Computer Oriented Programs, Conservation Education, Energy, Energy Conservation, Environmental Education, Life Style, Policy Formation, Program Descriptions, Workshops
Energy Studies Office, 313 Hayes Hall, Bowling Green State Univ., Bowling Green, OH 43403 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Bowling Green State Univ., OH.
Identifiers: Energy Education
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Energy Education (Providence, RI, August 4-7, 1981).