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We consider a food sector "innovation" to be a discrete program, project, or policy that relies on a new business model, or provides new products and services that either deliver or have the potential to deliver significant socioeconomic, health and nutrition, and environmental benefits, with an emphasis on economic development. These can include healthy foods produced entirely in or near a city as well as foods that are produced sustainably, using growing methods that protect and restore the natural environment. Regarding "local food," there are almost as many definitions as there are cities. No single definition, whether based on a geographic boundary or a specific distance, works in each and every city. Thus, the pursuit of a universal definition is of limited value for the purposes of this Roadmap. By comparison, the values of producing food in urban regions are diverse, including the creation of a more self-sufficient food system that is better insulated from global conditions, albeit more connected to local ones. Regardless of where food is grown, caught, or raised, cities can garner most of the economic benefits by expanding the number of local ventures that add value to food through processing, distribution, marketing, service, and sales.
This model ordinance requires that a municipal public fund create a list of fossil fuel companies that match specific criteria and divest all direct and indirect holdings in companies on this list over a 3-year period. This model allows for temporary suspension of divestment actions when financially prudent, as well as requiring efforts to minimize the costs to public funds. This model also urges fiduciaries of local government investment pools to divest from fossil fuel companies. And this model provides a range of policy options, from urging asset managers of participant-directed retirement funds to create investment offerings that are devoid of holdings in fossil fuel companies, to reinvesting funds in socially responsible investments, to urging credit rating agencies to factor climate risks into their ratings of publicly held companies.
This ordinance establishes a land bank authority for the county. This bank uses funds collected through county revenue activities to purchase and restore blighted or foreclosed properties to usable a profitable states.This ordinance designates the manner and process by which these properties will be purchased as well as the acceptable purposes to which these lands may be restored.
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.
As states and cities seek to meet their energy savings and carbon emissions reduction goals, new and innovative solutions are needed to improve energy efficiency in the stock of existing homes and buildings. One key tool - building energy rating and disclosure (BER&D) - seeks to ensure that real estate markets value energy efficiency by requiring information about building energy performance be disclosed to potential buyers, renters and the public. These policies range from simple checklists for new home efficiency features to comprehensive regulations that require new and existing homes and commercial buildings to undergo an energy audit. BER&D policies are often linked with improved building energy codes, and in some cases poor rating results can trigger mandatory efficiency upgrades for poorly performing buildings.
The Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Series provides a comprehensive, straightforward overview of green-house gas (GHG) emissions reduction strategies for local governments. Topics include energy efficiency, transportation, community planning and design, solid waste and materials management, and renewable energy. City, county, territorial, tribal, and regional government staff, and elected officials can use these guides to plan, implement, and evaluate their climate change mitigation and energy projects.
This ordinance states that every contract entered into by the County for the provision of reproductive health services shall require the provider to provide all County clients with comprehensive, non-directive reproductive health care information, including but not limited to family planning, birth control, pregnancy, and post-partum. In addition, any provider with a contract for services with the County shall only refer County clients seeking information regarding reproductive health services to a County provider that provides comprehensive, non-directive reproductive health care information.
The ordinance requires benchmarking and public disclosure of energy and water metrics for buildings having at least 50,000 square feet of commercial space. The ordinance requires city-owned buildings to comply by June 1, 2013, commercial buildings 100,00 square and more to comply by June 1, 2014, and commercial buildings 50,000 square feet and more to comply by June 1, 2015
Internal performance evaluation of the City of Berkeley's Zero Waste goal of eliminating materials sent to landfills by the year 2020.
This ordinance establishes the Denver Education Compact fund for the purpose of handling financial transactions related to the Denver Education Compact program.