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Green infrastructure (GI) is a network of decentralized stormwater management practices, such as green roofs, trees, rain gardens and permeable pavement that can capture and infiltrate rain where it falls, thus reducing stormwater runoff and improving the health of surrounding waterways. While there are different scales of green infrastructure, such as large swaths of land set aside for preservation, this guide focuses on GI's benefits within the urban context. The ability of these practices to deliver multiple ecological, economic and social benefits or services has made green infrastructure an increasingly popular strategy in recent years. In addition to reducing polluted stormwater runoff, GI practices can also positively impact energy consumption, air quality, carbon reduction and sequestration, property prices, recreation and other elements of community health and vitality that have monetary or other social value. Moreover, green infrastructure practices provide flexibility to communities faced with the need to adapt infrastructure to a changing climate.
This model ordinance establishes a PACE program through which owners of qualifying property located in the PACE district who so choose to access financing for energy saving improvements to their property through PACE loans; and sets guidelines and regulations of PACE program administration.
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.
In this paper, the 21st Century School Fund and the Center for Cities and Schools at the University of California Berkeley provide a conceptual frame for the joint use of PK-12 public schools. There is a growing conversation about and demand for joint use as a way to provide services to children and families in convenient locations, improve opportunities for physical activity by increasing use of school recreational and outdoor spaces, leverage capital investments, and more. However, engaging in joint use, particularly intensive sharing of space or use by multiple parties, presents ongoing challenges to school and community leaders. In this paper, we frame the basic challenges and opportunities for joint use to facilitate better conversations and planning for these type of collaborations.
This act augments existing foster care placement practices to ensure educational consistency and contiguity of schooling for children enrolled in municipal foster care institutions. This act requires foster care placement professionals to take into account schooling stability when placing children in foster care environments.
This fact sheet reviews studies of cities adjusting homeless response policies to prioritize providing access to permanent housing. The studies reviewed in this fact sheet suggest that switching to policy strategies that emphasize access to permanent housing can significantly reduce cost of providing services for homeless populations and, in many cases, reduce a city\'s overall cost of addressing homelessness. This fact sheet also outlines how some cities have prevented homelessness and targeted those most in need.
This ordinance updates the City\'s Land Use code governing urban agriculture uses, including: allowing urban farms and community gardens in all zones; allowing all residents to be able to sell food grown on their property; recognizing Farmer\'s markets, allowing them in more areas of Seattle; allowing dedicated food production on rooftop greenhouses with a 15 foot exemption to height limits in a variety of higher density zones; improving the number of chickens allowed per lot from three to eight, with additional chickens allowed for large lots associated with community gardens and urban farms; and prohibiting new roosters and sets boundaries for chicken coops, ten feet away from primary residential structures.
This bill requires owners of non-residential buildings of 10,000 square feet or larger and of residential buildings of five units or more to submit reports of their building\\\'s energy performance using the US Environmental Protection Agency\'s Energy Star Portfolio Manager Tool. The reporting requirement is phased in over a two year period, with larger buildings subject to these requirements by January 1, 2011 and remaining buildings by January 1, 2012. Upon authorization by the building owner, utilities providing energy service in Seattle will be responsible for providing customer billing data in a format compatible with the Portfolio Manager database maintained nationally by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Upon request, building owners will be required to disclose the energy performance of their building to current or prospective tenants, lenders, and buyers. The Department of Planning and Development will be responsible for developing and maintaining a database of all reporting buildings in the city, and for enforcement of the legislation.