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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 2020
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Government Finance Officers Association
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
COVID-19 has forced employees and also forced organizations to rethink business processes that require access to the office or involve large amounts of paper. Governments have an opportunity to eliminate or rethink paper-based business processes to operate effectively under current...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source American Sustainable Business Network
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources
Too often, environmental conservation is seen as an economic loss and a drag on community resources. This report challenges this conceptualization of conservation by presenting tools and methods to quantify the economic value of coastal and land conservation....

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) New York
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
During the election on November 7, the voters in New York state will be presented with the ballot question, "Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?" If the referendum passes, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention will be elected in November...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) Colorado
Source Journal of Science Policy & Governance
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Public Safety, Health
This paper highlights the state of Colorado and the exponential growth of fracking in the state over the last two decades. The growth of fracking has benefitted the economy of the state and employs hundreds of thousands of residents, but fracking presents serious environmental and...

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 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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Meister Consultants Group
Policy Areas Energy, Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
Pathways to 100 provides a high-level map of pathways for municipalities seeking to transform their energy supply, outlining strategies for both municipal operations and for all energy users within municipal limits. The document is organized around a three-step process that cities...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Energy Star
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
This fact sheet documents the energy-saving of buildings that consistently benchmark energy performance, with increased efficiency across all building types that track performance. It estimates that 18 million metric tons of CO2 could be reduced annually through consistent performance...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Maryland
Source Town of Mountain Lake Park
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health
This ordinance prohibits the future extraction of natural gas in the city of Mountain Lake Park, and establishes a bill of rights which includes the civil rights of local natural ecosystems, the right to a sustainable energy future for city residents, and the right to self government....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source San Francisco Water Power Sewer
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
This fifth annual report details the energy performance of 468 San Francisco municipal facilities encompassing nearly 49 million square feet of building area during calendar year 2015. San Francisco began to benchmark its properties in 2011, when the San Francisco Existing Commercial...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source U.S. Department Of Energy
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Democracy & Governance
This report assesses the impact of New York City's Benchmarking and Transparency Policy on the real estate market, energy consumption, and non-energy impacts. It finds that in its first four years, this policy has impacted real estate decision making, saved millions in energy costs,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source COWS
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
The municipal, university, school, and hospital sectors (MUSH) have vast potential for job creation through energy efficient retrofit installation. This policy brief outlines potential savings from retrofit programs, workforce standards, and financing strategies. It also recommends...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
Strategic Energy Management (SEM) is a tool to engage businesses in energy management. It leverages data-driven learning and behavioral science to teach to create and perpetuate a workplace culture that supports energy reduction. This report presents six strategies states can use...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source City of Pittsburgh
Policy Areas Public Safety, Environment & Natural Resources, Health
This ordinance bans the commercial extraction of natural gas within the city and establishes a bill of rights which includes the rights of natural ecosystems, the right of self government for city residents, and the right to sustainably access natural water sources. It also removes...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2012
Level County
State(s) Florida
Source Alachua County Board of County Commissioners
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This ordinance creates year-round conservation measures and regulations for the use of water resources during shortage seasons. This ordinance grants county authorities the right to declare a water shortage emergency, during which separate regulations governing water usage go into...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source City of Austin
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
This ordinance requires commercial building owners to benchmark and report their energy use rating by June 1st each year. The ordinance applies to commercial buildings 10,000 square foot or larger that are located within Austin City limits and receive electricity from Austin Energy....

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Market Transformation
Policy Areas Energy, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
This model ordinance requires electric and gas utilities to maintain records of the energy consumption data of all nonresidential buildings to which they provide service....

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source New York City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy
The NYC Benchmarking Law requires owners of large buildings to annually measure their energy and water consumption in a process called benchmarking. The law standardizes this process by requiring building owners to enter their annual energy and water use in the U.S. Environmental...

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