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The model ordinance sets a standard for the city to make more efficient and sustainable decisions in its procurement. The ordinance requires the city to procure and contract for environmentally preferable products and services whenever possible, defining \'environmentally preferable\' as products and services having less harmful effects on human health and the environment than competing alternatives. The ordinance requires environmental preferability to be assessed under a quantitative system, whereby one point is given for each environmentally preferable characteristic possessed. The ordinance allows the city\'s chief procurement officer flexibility in setting procedures to best meet the standard. The ordinance requires the city to give fair notice to current vendors and contractors of the new. The ordinance requires current vendors and contractors to be surveyed about product characteristics to aid the city in building a database of environmentally preferable products. The ordinance also calls for establishment of an environmental purchasing committee within thirty days of adoption. The committee will consist of seven members: three volunteer representatives of local non-profit environmental organizations, two volunteer representatives of the local business community, the city\'s chief procurement officer, and the city\'s director of property management. The committee will advise the Department of Finance, provide annual reports to the City Council, and offer ongoing assistance to improve the Chief Procurement Officer\'s compliance. The ordinance requires that all materials generated in connection with the policy be made available to citizens as public records.
This report serves as a resource for local governments and stakeholders in designing and implementing a local solar plan. The report includes examples and models that have been field-tested in cities and counties around the United States.
The ordinance requires the City to annually disclose energy and water use in all its facilities for the previous calendar year. All large and medium buildings or groups of buildings are required to report annual energy use, water use, and greenhouse gas emissions through Energy Star Portfolio Manager or an equivalent mechanism. The requirement would first apply to non-residential buildings 50,000 square feet and up in 2014 for the 2013 calendar year, and then to residential buildings 50,000 square feet and up, in 2015, non-residential buildings 35,000 square feet and up in 2016, and residential buildings 35,000 square feet and up in 2017. The City would make energy and water use per square foot, Energy Star ratings, greenhouse gas emissions, and other identifying and contextual information for individual buildings available on the Internet. Buildings not demonstrating high energy performance, continual improvements or other appropriate exemption criteria would be required to conduct energy assessments or actions every 5 years to identify opportunities for energy efficiency investment. Building owners would not be required to act on their energy assessments. Failure to comply with reporting requirements will result in fines for building owners. The development of regulations and implementation of the ordinance are overseen by the Air Pollution Control Commission.
This ordinance sets energy benchmarking requirements on buildings over 20,000 square feet. It also changes the enforcement process for individuals that do not submit an energy benchmark report by moving from accruing fines daily to quarterly fines. The ordinance formally creates an exemption for buildings used in industrial manufacturing, authorizes the delegation of enforcement authority, and authorizes the establishment of grace periods.
This model ordinance adopts the International Green Construction Code; establishes that where there is a conflict between an existing law or regulation and a specific requirement of this code, the specific law or regulation shall be applicable; and establishes the range of application for compliance. The International Green Construction Code creates minimum green requirements for an entire construction project including the design, construction, and certificate of occupancy.
This ordinance provides for the enforcement of the Property Maintenance Code by establishing a system of rental licenses for all accommodations in the city that are rented to tenants. The ordinance requires that when a licensee wishes to obtain a new license or renewal of a current license, he or she must submit an inspection report of the property concerning its compliance to the Property Maintenance Code. The inspection must be completed by a qualified-city licensed contractor. This ordinance is one of the three \'SmartRegs\' policies that passed in Boulder to improve energy efficiency requirements in rental housing. The other two ordinances are 2010 Boulder Ordinance 7724 and 2010 Boulder Ordinance 7726.
This ordinance adopts the 2009 International Property Maintenance Code as the Property Maintenance Code for the city. The code applies to all existing residential structures and defines minimum standards for light, ventilation, space, heating, sanitation, energy conservation, protection from the elements, life safety, and safety from other hazards. Except for some exemptions, existing structures must be altered to meet the minimum standards in the code. This ordinance is one of the three \'SmartRegs\' policies that passed in Boulder to improve energy efficiency requirements in rental housing. The other two ordinances are 2010 Boulder Ordinance 7725 and 2010 Boulder Ordinance 7726.
This ordinance promotes efficient energy use in rental and privately occupied residential structures in the city. It establishes minimum energy efficiency requirements based on the Home Energy Rating System index for existing structures. The Home Energy Rating System measures the energy efficiency of windows, insulation, fans, ducts, heating systems, and lighting. Property owners have until 2019 to meet the energy efficiency minimum otherwise the rental license described in 2010 Boulder Ordinance 7725 will expire. This ordinance is one of the three \'SmartRegs\' policies that passed in Boulder to improve energy efficiency requirements in rental housing. The other two ordinances are 2010 Boulder Ordinance 7724 and 2010 Boulder Ordinance 7725.
This is a point of sale ordinance that applies to anyone selling their home. When someone sells, their home, the ordinance requires the seller have a standardized Austin Energy audit performed on their house and the results must be disclosed to the prospective buyers. An energy audit is used for the following reasons: High electric and gas bills; Problems staying cool in the summer and warm in the winter; One room is too hot while another room is too cold; Air conditioner or furnace seems to run all the time; Indoor air quality issues, including problems with dust, mold, drafts, or asthma; Interest in renewable energy sources. In addition, having an energy assessment is the first step in reducing the environmental impact of one\'s home energy expenditure. Most homeowners can reduce their footprint by 20-50%, and the home assessment test is the best way to find out how.
The ordinance requires buildings that exceed 50,000 square feet or 100,000 square feet if two buildings are on the same tax lot, to benchmark its total use of energy and water for the previous calendar year. Energy and water usage data must be compiled by property owners on or before May 1st, 2010 and every May 1st thereafter. A building that does not have automated water metering is exempt from the water usage benchmarking requirement. The department of finance is required to make information generated by the benchmarking tool available to the public on the internet no later than every September first for city buildings. Information generated by the benchmarking tool for the 2009 calendar year for city buildings, for the 2010 calendar year for covered buildings, and for the 2011 calendar year for covered buildings whose primary use is residential, as determined by the department of finance, shall not be disclosed. The ordinance also requires the Mayor\'s Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability to prepare, submit to the mayor and the speaker of the city council, and post on the internet a report reviewing and evaluating the administration and enforcement of this article and analyzing data obtained from the benchmarking tool.