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Type Ordinance
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Minnesota
Source Minneapolis City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces, Energy
This ordinance establishes the Minneapolis building energy benchmarking program. It requires each city-owned building and covered building to be benchmarked for the previous calendar year. Such information shall be made available to the public, including summary statistics on the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Transportation & Mobility
Proposed investment in the Port of Los Angeles would create thousands of new construction jobs and boost the city's overall economy. This report provides analysis of existing economic conditions in the region and explains how a "Construction Careers Policy" would ensure equitable...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, National, State
State(s) All States
Source Eno Center for Transportation
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement, Transportation & Mobility
Transit projects in the United States suffer from high costs and take longer to complete than they do abroad. After conducting 117 interviews with key stakeholders, this report finds that institutional structure and decision-making, procurement specifications, utility relocation,...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source IBEW Local 18
Policy Areas Economic Justice
The factsheet outlines Los Angeles' Utility Pre-Craft Trainee Program (UPCT), which aimed to place low income and minority city residents in good union utility jobs through an innovative training program....

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 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Los Angeles is currently embarking upon one its largest investments in infrastructure in decades. Through these investments, we will be modernizing our port, fixing our roads, and undertaking the largest expansion of public transit in recent history. These investments, representing...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Wisconsin Policy Forum
Policy Areas Community Development, Housing
The Amani Housing Pilot aims to take a comprehensive and community-engaged approach to improve housing on one block in Milwaukee's Amani neighborhood. This report outlines the pilot's objectives, funding mechanisms, and partnerships; analyzes where the project has met its objectives...

Type Ordinance
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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level County
State(s) All States
Source City of East Palo Alto
Policy Areas Economic Justice
This model policy outlines hiring responsibilities for developers in redevelopment projects, business users in redevelopment projects, and construction contractors. Specifically, it requires them to seek local employees, service providers and businesses to meet their needs....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level County
State(s) California
Source U.C. Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Finance & Procurement
This report using both case studies and statistical analysis of construction projects at local community colleges in California found that projects with Project Labor Agreements did not reduce the number of bids received or the costs of the projects....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Georgia, Ohio
Source American Rivers
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
When rainwater hits hard surfaces like roads and parking lots, it runs along the surface till it flows into a storm drain, river, or stream. Known as stormwater runoff, this water picks up pollutants such as heavy metals, brake linings, and deicing salts which contaminate local waters....

Type Ordinance
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...

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 Ordinance
Year 2003
Level City or Town
State(s) Colorado
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility, Environment & Natural Resources
This ordinance requires that residential developments generating more than 500 Average Daily Trips (ADT) shall be subject to a Community Impact Assessment review process. The purpose of the review is to ensure that the Town has the ability to address and mitigate any adverse impacts...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Georgetown Climate Center
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Rising sea levels pose threats to current planning, existing development, and ecological systems. These threats include flooding, enhanced storm surges, loss of infrastructure, destruction of wetlands and beaches, and increased risks for public health and safety. In response to these...

Type Ordinance
Year 2006
Level City or Town
State(s) District of Columbia
Source District of Columbia City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This act establishes energy efficient and environmentally sustainable building standards for new construction and an incentives program to promote sustainable building practices across the city. Incentives include expedited document review, grants to offset costs related to sustainable...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development, Food
Dallas’ regional economy is robust and growing yet is facing a crisis of economic inequality which corresponds with racial inequality. South Dallas, where the population is overwhelmingly people of color, suffers from high rates of poverty and unemployment and poor access to quality...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
This report outlines the failures of the current federal contracting system, and highlights state and city governments that are implementing responsible contracting reforms. Reform recommendations include conducting rigorous responsibility reviews and background checks on potential...

Type Ordinance
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source Austin City Council
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Safety
This ordinance requires construction workers to receive a rest break every four hours worked. Violators are subject to a civil penalty between $100-500 for each day the violation occurs....

Type Resolution
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source City of Los Angeles
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This ordinance requires the Department of Public Works to abide by targeted hiring requirements. At least 30% of total hours worked on a project shall be performed by local residents; 20% shall be performed by apprentices; and 10% shall be performed by disadvantaged workers (e.g....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This fact sheet briefly summarized San Francisco's local hiring policy for construction projects. It requires 30% of all project hours within each trade to be performed by local residents, and no less than 15% of all project work hours within each trade to be performed by disadvantaged...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Kansas
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Education
This report focuses on an association of city and county governments and metropolitan planning organizations which collaborate to identify new training needs of Kansas City area businesses attempting to adapt to sustainable energy and energy efficiency opportunities. Key findings...

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