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The impetus for this guide and the work it reflects originated with the establishment of USDA's "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" (KYF2) Initiative. Launched in 2009, the mission of KYF2 is to strengthen the critical connection between farmers and consumers and support local and regional food systems. As such, it is closely aligned with the broader mission of USDA to support agriculture, rural development, and healthy nutrition. While there is no office, staff, or budget dedicated to KYF2, Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan chairs a task force of USDA employees representing every agency within the Department in order to break down bureaucratic silos, develop commonsense solutions for communities and farmers, and foster new partnerships inside USDA and across the country.
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.
Green infrastructure practices provide a variety of benefits across the range of flood magnitudes. Common green infrastructure practices used to target flood management include green roofs, bioretention, water quality swales, and infiltration basins and trenches. While most effective at managing localized flooding, runoff volume capture can also significantly reduce the impact of larger scale riverine flooding events. Recent research on the impacts of green infrastructure employed on watershed-scale flooding suggests that green infrastructure can be effective at reducing peak flows for large infrequent storm events as well as provide noticeable volume reduction for more frequent storms. The ability for green infrastructure to address flooding at a variety of scales can lead to significant reductions in flood loss damages on an average annual basis.
An ordinance which declares intent for the Treasurer of the City of Portland to have the flexibility to make deposits in credit unions as allowed under Oregon House Bill 3700 in 2013; supports the Treasurer to amend the City\'s Investment Policy to allow for deposits in credit unions and other financial institutions up to the applicable NCUA and FDIC insurance limits and declares intent to make up to 10 initial deposits in 2012; and supports changes in the solicitation process to increase competition and consider community reinvestment criteria when selecting financial institutions which provide the City\'s financial services.
Utility-bill financing or repayment allows consumers to upgrade their homes and business to be more energy efficient and pay for the work over time through a monthly upgrade fee on their utility bill. Energy savings on gas and electric bills should outweigh the monthly upgrade fee, depending in part on the length of the payment term and which measures are implemented. Essentially, consumers pay for the upgrade while they save from it.
Clean contracts will support renewable energy developers and the growth of power from clean energy resources. The feed-in rates combined with clean contracts have features of transparency, longevity, and certainty. By adapting feed-in tariffs, It can add consumer protections, local ownership, and grow the local economy. The report also lists examples of different state that apply feed-in rates.
Live-Near-your work programs help employees buy homes in the communities where they work. These programs reduce the high costs of transportation, commuting times, and increases employee morale and productivity. Communities benefit from revitalized neighborhoods, reduced traffic congestion and road repair costs.
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 ordinance establishes an Urban Agriculture Program for the City and County of San Francisco and expands the Urban Agriculture Ordinance already enacted in the City. The Program coordinates urban agriculture efforts with the multiple public agencies involved in urban agriculture and promotes comprehensive programs, policies, and strategies to enhance and increase urban agriculture in San Francisco. As authorized by the ordinance, the program will advocate for state and federal funding and record and publicly disclose program data. Additionally, the Mayor and City Administrator are tasked with development of an urban agriculture strategic plan which includes data on urban agriculture in San Francisco including funding, list of all local programs, counts of active and inactive site coordinators, count of waiting lists and a needs assessment of resident, organization, and business needs.
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.