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Type Resolution
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source City and County of San Francisco
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Finance & Procurement
This resolution urges the San Francisco Retirement Board of the Employees' Retirement System to divest from publicly-traded fossil fuel companies....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
Many public water utilities struggle to pay for repairs and upgrades necessary to improve energy efficiency, reduce leaks, and prevent infiltration. This brief outlines existing mechanisms to raise these funds as well as promising new methods for public officials to consider. Some...

Type Ordinance
Year 2006
Level City or Town
State(s) Colorado
Source City Council of the City of Boulder
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
This ordinance imposes the Climate Action Plan Tax as an excise tax upon persons consuming electricity as residential, commercial, or industrial customers. The tax shall be imposed upon the basis of each customer’s consumption of electricity measured in Kilowatt/Hours. The purpose...

Type Model Law
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
This resolution applies to cities that do not currently invest in fossil fuel stock. It declares the intent of a city without fossil fuel investments to refrain from investing in fossil fuel companies in the future....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2003
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Tellus Institute
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This report explores a range of national policies to increase energy efficiency, accelerate the adoption of renewable energy technologies and shift energy use to more efficient power systems while reducing the electricity bills of consumers and businesses. The policies considered...

Type Ordinance
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This ordinance prohibits the installation of propane or natural gas-based plumbing or equipment when constructing or renovating municipal buildings. Instead, these buildings should shift to an all-electric system, meaning they use a permanent source of electricity as the source of...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
Companies, governments, and institutions of all kinds purchase goods and services for their own use. But what they buy - and how they buy it - has a significant impact on local communities, the environment, and the economy - and in some unexpected ways, on the success of the business...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level County
State(s) All States
Source State Innovation Exchange
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Health, Community Development, Public Spaces, Democracy & Governance
Carbon pricing is one major set of market mechanisms that states can use to promote the advancement of clean energy adoption. Whether a state or region chooses to implement a cap-and-trade, carbon tax, or some other mechanism, it is critical that issues of equity and justice for the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Tellus Institute
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
In the face of increasing demands from students and other stakeholders concerned about the role of traditional energy companies in accelerating climate change, institutional investors are asking tough questions about the feasibility of divestment from fossil fuel companies. Based...

Type Ordinance
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Colorado
Source City of Boulder
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
This ordinance seeks to raise revenue to implement the City's Climate Action Plan, including incentives, services and other assistance to Boulder residents and businesses to improve energy efficiency, expand the use of renewable energy, and take other necessary steps toward reducing...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County, City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Green Century Funds
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Finance & Procurement
A growing number of individuals and institutions have recognized the limits of shareholder advocacy to secure the policy changes needed and have divested from fossil fuel companies. Green Century believes that divesting from fossil fuel companies is the most effective way for investors...

Type Model Law
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
This resolution applied to cities that do not control the Pension Board and do not otherwise invest in fossil fuel stocks. It declares the city's commitment to divest from publicly‐traded fossil fuel companies....

Type Ordinance
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) Florida
Source Gainesville City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Housing
This ordinance amends the Gainesville Code of Ordinances to add provisions for the purchase of solar generated energy through a standard offer contract for all classes and limits net metering distributed resource rates for general service and large power classes. This amendment adds...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Roosevelt Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
The transition to a green economy requires implementing workforce development policies that prioritizes workers' interests over those of fossil fuel companies. This report discusses how workforce development policies can mediate labor disruptions, increase worker power and reduce...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2017
Level County
State(s) All States
Source State Innovation Exchange
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families, Community Development, Public Spaces, Housing, Public Safety, Health, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
Outdated workplace policies have failed to keep pace with the demands on today's workforce, limiting our economic growth....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
Corporate utilities dominate how electricity is generated, transmitted, and distributed or sold to the customer — resulting in both a lack of safety measures as well as costly, short-sided, and dirty energy investments. This affects all of us as we confront our climate crisis and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2003
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Tellus Institute
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Policies to spur increased investment in renewable electricity generation can offer significant public benefits, including economic development and energy security, as well as improved public health and environmental quality owing to air pollution reductions. Congress has attempted...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice
Transitioning away from fossil fuels and toward a clean energy economy has the potential to create millions of green jobs, or high-quality jobs that contribute significantly to enhancing or preserving the environment. This report identifies training opportunities in Ohio that prepare...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Energy, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources
Ohio's electric power is highly inefficient, and in 2009 lost over $17.6 billion in energy market value. To improve efficiency, lower utility bills, and decrease emissions, energy producers should implement combined heat and power (CHP) technologies, which generate power from wasted...

Type Ordinance
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source San Francisco County Board of Supervisors
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Food, Health, Public Safety, Public Spaces
The production and management of single-use food and beverage ware have significant environmental impacts, including but not limited to contamination; consumption of energy, water, and nonrenewable fossil fuels; and emissions of greenhouse gasses. In order to address this, this ordinance...

Type Resolution
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Ann Arbor City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Finance & Procurement
This resolution urges the City of Ann Arbor Employees' Retirement System to immediately cease any new investments in fossil fuel companies or in commingled assets that include holdings in fossil fuel companies....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Community solar, also called “shared solar”, creates local economic value. Residents save money on their monthly bills by subscribing to a “solar garden”––they reserve a share in a solar array located offsite, and the power generated by their solar panels shows up as a credit on their...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County, City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Northstar Asset Management
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Finance & Procurement
This report highlights flaws in many prior estimates regarding the cost of divesting from fossil fuels and estimates that the true cost of divestment would only be 0.15% annually for a portfolio of 250 stocks. Heightening public awareness around fossil fuel divestment can lead investors...

Type Ordinance
Year 2018
Level State
State(s) Hawaii
Source Hawaii State Legislature
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Hawaii became the first state to pass a law committing to the goals and limits of the Paris Climate Accord. The state’s governor, David Y. Ige, signed a bill explicitly geared toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the landmark goals adopted by world leaders with...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
A nation of renewable-powered, job-generating, self-reliant states is within reach – and necessary; improved renewable electricity technology would allow nearly every state to produce 100 percent of its electricity needs from local renewable sources. This report includes a series...

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