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Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States, Wyoming
Source U.S. Department Of Energy
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
U.S. Department of Energy fact sheet guide to Energy Savings Performance Contracting for governments....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Policy Areas Energy, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance
This toolkit outlines how local governments can implement "lead by example" programs that reduce energy consumption and emissions, foster markets for sustainable products, encourage green building standards, and promote economic development. It provides a guide for developing facility...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Housing
This fact sheet refutes common misconceptions surrounding net zero/fossil fuel free buildings. In particular, it highlights how the creation of net zero/fossil fuel free buildings will spur economic development; lower construction costs over time; offer reliable power; and serve all...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Local Housing Solutions
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Housing
Housing rehabilitation codes preserve housing availability and reduce building rehabilitation costs by aligning code requirements with proposed renovations and prioritizing safety improvements. This guide helps local governments develop rehabilitation codes and features examples of...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
Zero energy buildings are energy-efficient buildings that produce as much energy as they consume. This report presents strategies to advance the development and adoption of zero energy building codes in state legislatures. Recommendations include establishing a statewide zero energy...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Illinois Municipal League
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement, Housing, Public Spaces
This guide provides an overview of liens available to municipalities under Illinois state law and provides examples of how cities should assess and enforce liens. Properties that are abandoned or liable for taxes, require excessive pest extermination efforts, or intensive removal...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Housing
Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) are hardware or software systems that can monitor and provide feedback about a home's energy usage and enable advanced control of energy-using systems in a home. HEMS, along with smart technology, present unique opportunities for energy conservation....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This infographic documents which states and cities in the Northeastern United States have benchmarking policies and/or residential energy labeling programs and policies. It also provides examples of energy and emission savings earned from benchmarking, and regional spending on energy...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2008
Level County
State(s) Washington
Source King County Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This ordinance continues King County’s requirement to use green building and sustainable development practices in all capital projects that the county plans or grants funds for. Green building and sustainable development practices are those that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year -
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
Hospitals have high energy usage because they operate around the clock. This case study focuses on the Gifford Medical Center's partnership with Efficiency Vermont's strategic energy management (SEM) program to reduce energy costs and GHG emissions. It outlines how the program was...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source State And Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Democracy & Governance
Benchmarking is the process of comparing inputs, processes, or outputs within or between organizations, often with an aim toward motivating performance improvement. Benchmarking typically measures performance using an indicator per common unit (e.g., cost per unit produced), which...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
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...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) -
Source Council Of The District Of Columbia
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
This act establishes the authority to contract with the Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) to administer sustainable energy programs in the district of Columbia. It also sets up an advisory board for the SEU and defines their responsibilities. The act includes provisions for a renewable...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2018
Level -
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Housing
As the price of electricity and heating fuels rise, the demand for rental properties with energy-efficient features and lower utility bills is skyrocketing. This guide instructs renters on what to ask and look for to find an energy-efficient rental. It also outlines low cost measures...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
Opponents of updated energy codes claim that updating codes will be too costly for builders, contractors, and homebuyers. This report examines commercial and residential construction data from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions to disprove these common arguments, while highlighting...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources
This brief provides sustainable workforce development strategies which include driving investment in green energy infrastructure, promoting best value contracting, and creating job training and apprenticeship programs in sustainable industries. It also highlights examples of policies...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This report provides recommendations to help states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions implement efficient building energy codes. Recommendations include regularly updating the state building energy code, establishing a pathway to zero net energy buildings, implementing mandatory...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source COWS
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Governments everywhere are looking for ways to create new, quality jobs, despite restricted budgets. Although many have enacted programs that facilitate energy efficiency retrofits for the residential and commercial sectors, retrofit of public buildings has garnered little policy...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Market Transformation
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy
It is relatively easy to make the connection that tracking and disclosing a building's energy usage will promote energy savings, but in fact, there are many other benefits that go far beyond simply kilowatt hours. While benchmarking brings building owners' attention to energy efficiency,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development
This report outlines a two‐track process for creating a Chicago Area Building Energy Efficiency System. The first track identifies funding, including ARRA funds to quickly ramp up existing programs to launch significant weatherization initiatives in appropriate locations around the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level School District, State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Education, Energy, Finance & Procurement
Across the country, state funding for school construction and renovation projects ranges significantly. This report summarizes how each state in the Northeastern United States funds school construction projects, and provides recommendations to achieve zero energy schools through construction...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2021
Level City or Town, State
State(s) Massachusetts
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy
Massachusetts' Energy-Zero Code requires the design and construction of buildings to achieve zero energy. A zero energy building is a low-energy, combustion-free building that sources all of its energy from renewable energy. This code outlines a variety of paths buildings can take...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2015
Level -
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Housing
As the price of electricity and heating fuels rise, the demand for energy efficient homes is skyrocketing, making a working knowledge of efficient home characteristics important for real estate professionals. This checklist can be used as a resource for keeping track of all the energy...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Institute For Market Transformation
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
We have entered a new era of constrained spending, high unemployment and complex political turmoil, yet the question on everyone's mind is simple: How do we create jobs? Surprisingly, the answer is right in front of us. New laws in New York City, San Francisco and other large cities...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year -
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Housing, Public Safety
Energy codes help manage conditions that can affect building integrity and occupant health such as moisture, temperature, and indoor air quality. This infographic highlights the ways in which adherence to energy codes ensures safe and healthy occupants, on top of mitigating climate...

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