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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level State
State(s) Oregon, Washington
Source Sightline Institute
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Since 2012, fossil fuel companies have devised more than 50 projects to export coal, oil, or gas from Cascadia's coast. Thanks to local opposition, 40 of those projects have been canceled, averting 1,717 million metric tons of annual greenhouse gas emissions. This report calls on...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) Vermont
Source City of Burlington, Vermont
Policy Areas Community Development, Energy, Transportation & Mobility
Pollution and energy inefficiency are exacerbating the global climate crisis, but cities can pass local policies to address these issues. The City of Burlington, Vermont launched the net-zero-energy program in 2018 to eliminate fossil fuel use by the ground transportation and heating...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Transit-Oriented Development
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Community Development
Report examining the greenhouse gas reduction potential of transit oriented development (TOD). This report calculates potential reductions in carbon emissions associated with household vehicle travel and offers growth strategies for planners attending to urban form and access to transit...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Transportation & Mobility
This report compiles 33 potential emissions reduction strategies that, when implemented together, can help Chicago meet its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. The area with the largest potential for reduction is energy use in buildings...

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 2020
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) Arizona
Source Northern Arizona Council of Governments
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement, Transportation & Mobility
This report outlines the Northern Arizona Council of Governments' role in economic and workforce development which includes fiscal operations and contract management, collaborating with public and private sectors to address workforce issues and coordinating regional transit policies....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Tellus Institute
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice
This report evaluates the positive impacts of implementing a bold national recycling and composting strategy across federal, state, and local governments. Its recommendations of energy, resource, and waste management would allow for significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions,...

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 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Transportation & Mobility, Finance & Procurement
The Port of Los Angeles' Clean Truck Program led to a reduction in diesel emissions. This report compiles data from port drivers, mechanics, air regulators and freight carriers on the financial cost and responsibility required to properly maintain a successful Clean Truck Program....

Type Article
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Dane County
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This press release highlights how the development of the Yahara Solar Project helped Dane County achieve its goal of transitioning all municipal buildings to 100% renewable energy. It outlines the county's collaboration with Alliant Energy to establish the project, which will earn...

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 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Drexel University
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Housing
Progressive cities should embrace redistributive policies and community organizing to increase equality in employment, affordable housing, and public transportation, and mitigate adverse environmental impacts. This report examines systemic inequities and provides progressive solutions...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Local Progress
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement, Transportation & Mobility
Although electrification reduces greenhouse gas emissions, switching to electric vehicles (EV) can negatively impact workers by giving rise to anti-union EV manufacturers, like Tesla. To address this problem, this memo urges local governments to leverage their procurement power to...

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 Roadmap
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ProGov21
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
The climate crisis unfolding across the globe has highlighted the need for cities to make drastic, time-sensitive changes in their environmental sustainability efforts and adaptation strategies. ProGov21's updated Environmental Roadmap calls on local governments to enact environmental...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Eno Center for Transportation
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement, Transportation & Mobility
This report outlines principles that should be considered when creating congestion pricing programs, including establishing a clear and equitable vision for the program, creating a strong connection between revenue raised by the program and spending, establishing transportation options...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town, County, City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Energy
This policy brief provides an overview of "The Oberlin Project," a partnership between the City of Oberlin and Oberlin College exemplifying energy, waste, transit, industrial, and workforce development policies designed for sustainable economic growth. Among a variety of interventions...

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, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice
This toolkit recommends local governments improve the efficiency of their water facilities by requiring energy audits, updating regulations on equipment management, and providing financial incentives for energy-efficient projects. It also includes links to relevant resources and features...

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 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 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 -
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...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source The Trust for Public Land
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces
Parks and green spaces reduce air temperatures and absorb floodwater, making them vital resources in mitigating the effects of climate change. This report outlines how cities are supporting park services and promoting natural spaces to lower urban temperatures, manage stormwater,...

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