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

Type Ordinance
Year 2010
Level County
State(s) Washington
Source St. Paul City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, 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 Ordinance
Year 2007
Level City or Town
State(s) Maryland
Source Gaithersburg City Council
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Housing, Public Safety, Energy
This ordinance requires that new residential building construction projects and building addition projects to meet specific energy performance standards. The ordinance creates energy performance standards for the areas of cooling equipment, heating equipment, duct work, windows, water...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States, Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Food, Economic Justice
Potential energy savings practices in food facility services, restaurants, food manufacturing and incubation industries. Provides sustainable recommendations for building envelopes and metering, HVAC systems, appliances, cold storage, water, lighting, and other sustainability issues....

Type Ordinance
Year 2004
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Sacramento City Council
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety
This ordinance specifies that a portion of every new housing development project must include housing which is affordable for low income and very low income people. The percentage of the new development which much be affordable to these groups is subject to change conditional upon...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town, County, Other Boards and Agencies, City or Town, School District
State(s) All States
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
The Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative, of which Policy Matters Ohio is a member, has released case studies examining the impacts of shale oil and gas drilling on four active drilling communities — Carroll County, Ohio; Greene and Tioga counties, Pennsylvania; and Wetzel County,...

Type Ordinance
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source City Of Houston
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy, Transportation & Mobility
In December of 2010, the Washington Avenue Corridor was designated as a pilot parking benefit district by the passage of Ordinance No. 2012. Following the end of the pilot period, the ARA and the Committee have made recommendations regarding the modification of the parking benefit...

Type -
Year 2011
Level City or Town, City or Town, Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States, Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Energy
Ohio communities need a better approach, one that fosters economic growth while also protecting the environment and supporting local businesses and workers. This is why the City of Oberlin, in partnership with Oberlin College and the city’s municipal utility have launched “The Oberlin...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source The Building Codes Assistance Project
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
OCEAN is an online resources of the Building Codes Assistance Project. Here they provide a case study of the work happening in San Antonio. On March 12, 2009, the San Antonio City Council voted to approve and adopt a new Sustainable Buildings Ordinance that increases the energy efficiency...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Community Development
The guide aims to inform decision-makers and planners about the multiple benefits green infrastructure (GI) delivers to communities and to guide communities in valuing the benefits of potential green infrastructure investments. This guide distills key considerations involved in assessing...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Minnesota
Source Community Engagement Steering Committee Equitable Development
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy, Housing, Public Safety, Transportation & Mobility
This scorecard was created by Twin Cities, MN community leaders to ensure that the principles and practices of equitable development, environmental justice, and affordability are applied in all communities as they plan for economic development and wealth creation that benefits everyone....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) -
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
A guide to the Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard for municipalities interested in sustainability and struggling with existing infrastructure and stormwater management needs....

Type Ordinance
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Chicago City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Finance & Procurement, Public Spaces, Housing, Public Safety
This ordinance requires an owner of a vacant building to register the building with the city within thirty days of the building becoming vacant. The owner must renew this registration every six months until the building is no longer vacant. The registration includes a fee, but the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
As the scale, speed, and implications of climate change come into focus, stakeholders in the electricity sector are finding it increasingly difficult to turn a blind eye. However, many have opted to attend to climate impacts in a piecemeal fashion, merely responding to particular...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source PACENation
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Property managers often struggle to get technically sound energy efficiency and renewable energy projects approved for financial reasons. Sometimes the split incentive embedded in leases makes projects uneconomic for the building owner. Other times, property managers simply cannot...

Type Ordinance
Year 2005
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source City of Austin
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy, Transportation & Mobility
This ordinance amends municipal zoning codes to create a special transit-oriented development (TOD) district. It expands on traditional TOD templates by creating a variety of place-types that may be applied to any municipally-approved TOD district. These place-types include Downtown...

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 Ordinance
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Ordinance For The City Of Chicago
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy
This act establishes the Chicago building energy benchmarking program. Each building owner shall report benchmarking information including building identification number, address, square footage, energy performance score, energy use intensity, and annual greenhouse gas emissions....

Type Ordinance
Year 2006
Level County
State(s) California
Source Alameda County
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Housing, Public Safety
This ordinance requires proposed large retail developments to undergo a community impact review and obtain a conditional use permit. The cost of all independent studies and investigations required to complete the review are to be paid by the developer....

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
Renewable energy serves as a viable solution to replace fossil fuel generation to create a healthier environment. A number of cities across the United States are pledging to reach community-wide goals of 100 percent renewable energy, in order to combat the social, environmental, and...

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 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Energy, Finance & Procurement, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
Green infrastructure (GI) is a network of decentralized stormwater management practices, such as green roofs, trees, rain gardens and permeable pavement that can capture and infiltrate rain where it falls, thus reducing stormwater runoff and improving the health of surrounding waterways....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Philadelphia Water
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
Powerpoint outlining the city of Philadelphia's approach to adapting to modern water policies and actions to encourage innovation and sustainable growth....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source National Resources Defense Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Democracy & Governance
Fact sheet supporting Chicago's energy benchmarking program....

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