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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 Ordinance or Resolution
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 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 or Resolution
Year 2010
Level County
State(s) Washington
Source St. Paul City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces, Energy
This ordinance requires developers of county capital improvement projects to submit a strategic energy-efficiency and greenhouse gas emission reduction plan that includes options for reducing emissions; improving energy efficiency; identifying financial incentives for achieving energy...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source The Greenlining Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Transportation & Mobility
The U.S. has seen tremendous growth in shared-use mobility services over the past decade. This expansion, however, has not reached underserved communities. Low-income households could greatly benefit from the cost-savings of sharing otherwise underused assets, as these communities...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
Urban freeways create barriers to movement within cities, institutionalize social inequities, contribute to environmental degradation, and encourage suburban sprawl. As urban freeways approach the end of their useful lives, decisions on the fate of an individual freeway will be place...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town, County, National, State
State(s) All States
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
Increasing energy efficiency is the most important action that can be taken to combat climate change. There are currently an abundance of legal techniques available at the federal, state and municipal levels that cumulatively could accomplish a great deal in cutting energy use, lowering...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Housing
Water main geothermal combines the efficiency and technical capability of ground-source geothermal in cold climates with costs competitive to fossil gas furnaces. This report shows that water main geothermal could provide a viable, cost-effective alternative to traditional home heating...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source SPARCC
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Transportation & Mobility
The built environment, climate change, and public health are closely connected; human-generated greenhouse gases derive from aspects of the built environment such as transportation systems and infrastructure, building construction and operation, and land-use planning. Transportation...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2011
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source U.S. Department of Energy
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces
Municipal buildings and infrastructure present opportunities for public savings through energy efficiency improvements. This guide outlines best practices for energy efficiency benchmarking and emphasizes the benefits of the Department of Energy's ENERGY STAR program, which helps...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Deutsche Bank Group
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
This report examines the U.S. Supreme Court's 2011 decision in "American Electric Power v. Connecticut," which dealt with common law claims against power plants for greenhouse gas emissions. The court ruled that these disputes are not appropriate for judicial intervention due to the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Smart Growth America
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Housing, Health, Transportation & Mobility
Transportation accounts for the largest share of carbon emissions in the U.S. Car-oriented land use and community design play a significant role in the nation’s transportation emissions; communities are built in a way that makes it difficult and unsafe to access daily needs outside...

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 Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2004
Level County
State(s) Alaska
Source Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This ordinance establishes an areawide conditional use permit for coal bed methane exploration and development. An entity that wants to install and operate coal bed methane facilities must have its permit application approved. This ordinance outlines the permit application process...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level State
State(s) Hawaii
Source State Smart Transportation Initiative
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Transportation & Mobility
This report compares estimates of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in Hawaii under current conditions versus VMT when policies are implemented to manage travel demand. These policies include transportation demand management (employer-based programs that encourage employees to carpool,...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Department of Public Health
Policy Areas Housing, Health, Transportation & Mobility
Initiative Ordinance JJJ (Measure JJJ) is a ballot initiative with two provisions intended to increase the production of affordable housing in the City of Los Angeles: the “Transit-Oriented Communities Affordable Housing Overlay” provision which would allow housing developers to build...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source State Smart Transportation Initiative
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Transportation & Mobility
Many cities include minimum parking requirements in their zoning codes and provide ample parking for public use. However, parking is costly to provide and encourages increased automobile use, which is linked to traffic congestion, environmental degradation, and negative health and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County, Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) California
Source The Greenlining Institute
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
This report outlines a framework for mobility equity, or a transportation system that increases access to high quality mobility options, reduces air pollution, and enhances economic opportunity in low-income communities of color. Decades of local, regional, and state transportation...

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 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 2017
Level County
State(s) All States, Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
If a recently proposed ordinance is passed, small fees will be placed on disposable bags in Cuyahoga County. Disposable bags require energy and natural resources to be produced and cause significant pollution. This policy can help reduce the usage of disposable bags, and consequently,...

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...

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