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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
Many public water utilities struggle to pay for repairs and upgrades necessary to improve energy efficiency, reduce leaks, and prevent infiltration. This brief outlines existing mechanisms to raise these funds as well as promising new methods for public officials to consider. Some...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Tellus Institute
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health
This report outlines a series of strategies that can be used to reduce the impacts of climate change through risk management in the Metro-Boston region. It provides recommendations in five major sectors (built environment and key infrastructure, coastal zone, natural resources and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
A nation of renewable-powered, job-generating, self-reliant states is within reach – and necessary; improved renewable electricity technology would allow nearly every state to produce 100 percent of its electricity needs from local renewable sources. This report includes a series...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Source Seattle City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy
This bill requires owners of non-residential buildings of 10,000 square feet or larger and of residential buildings of five units or more to submit reports of their building's energy performance using the US Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Portfolio Manager Tool. The...

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 2011
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source U.S. Department Of Energy
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
This report serves as a resource for local governments and stakeholders in designing and implementing a local solar plan. The report includes examples and models that have been field-tested in cities and counties around the United States....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Community Development, Housing
The built environment accounts for approximately half the energy use and carbon footprint of the United States. Lean Buildings reduce energy flows by tapping basic natural heating and cooling techniques and renewable energy sources in ways that are region-specific and climate-sensitive....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Bloomberg
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
This report showcases a variety of different pathways cities are taking to reach the Paris Agreement climate goals. These pathways and related actions focus on reducing resource consumption, shifting to cleaner sources of energy, and transforming our communities for deep long-lasting...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Housing
The U.S. housing market has seen significant transformation in the last few years, calling for a return of smaller, more efficient dwellings. Design and construction principles from places like the Philippines, where pragmatic building practices employing simple construction methods...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source City and County of San Francisco
Policy Areas Community Development, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Economic Justice
This model ordinance adopts the International Green Construction Code; establishes that where there is a conflict between an existing law or regulation and a specific requirement of this code, the specific law or regulation shall be applicable; and establishes the range of application...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Philadelphia City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces, Energy
The ordinance requires benchmarking of energy and water use for nonresidential buildings or spaces of 25,000 square feet or more in Philadelphia using a benchmarking application developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The ordinance requires the seller or lessor...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Louisiana
Source City of New Orleans
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Energy
This ordinance prioritizes environmental sustainability in procurement spending and creates an environmental purchasing committee. It establishes an assessment system for environmentally preferable purchases and explains the city's plans for promoting the policy will be promoted to...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source New York City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
This local law establishes the New York City building energy benchmarking program. Each city-owned building and covered building shall be benchmarked annually. Such information shall be made available to the public, including summary statistics on the energy utilization index, water...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Source Seattle City Council
Policy Areas Energy, Housing
This ordinance requires building owners to measure, report, and disclose their buildings' energy efficiency performance ratings....

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