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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) Washington
Source Seattle City Council
Policy Areas Energy
This ordinance adds amendments to the 2010 Seattle Ordinance 123226 which requires owners of non residential and multifamily buildings to measure, report, and disclose energy efficiency performance. ...

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 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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level State
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Transportation & Mobility, Housing
The Regional Green Building Case Study Project analyzes the post‐occupancy performance and costs and benefits of 25 LEED projects in Illinois related to: measured energy and greenhouse gas emissions, water, commute transportation, construction and operating costs, green premium, health...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Energy, Finance & Procurement, Environment & Natural Resources
Southern California’s water supply is precarious, and our current practices are unsustainable. Of the roughly 500 billion gallons used annually in the L.A. Basin, only one-third comes from local groundwater; the majority of our water is transported from hundreds of miles away, at...

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 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Massachusetts
Source City of Boston
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This ordinance amends the Air Pollution Control Commission Ordinance in relation to reporting and disclosing the energy and water efficiency of buildings. ...

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 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....

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
The Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure (ECAD) 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 sf or larger that are located within the Austin city limits...

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 2012
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
The Smart Water for Smart Regions initiative offers a blueprint for the responsible and sustainable utilization of water in the Great Lakes states, working with communities to minimize leaks and reduce flooding through cost-effective, coordinated solutions including....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level State
State(s) All States
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Energy
Improving energy efficiency is widely acknowledged as the most economical way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the other adverse environmental impacts of fossil use. The United States lacks a comprehensive regulatory program for energy efficiency, although often overlooked are...

Type -
Year 2014
Level -
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Housing
Analysis suggests LEED buildings perform no better, and in fact perform worse, than non-LEED buildings. Many recommended actions, especially those selected by users, have little to no effect. Too few of its standards are results-driven, with high pay-back in areas other than environmental...

Type Ordinance
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Massachusetts
Source Boston City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy
In order to reduce the emissions of air pollutants from energy production, encourage efficient use of energy and water, and develop further investment in building a green economy, this ordinance requires that the City and building owners disclose the previous year's energy and water...

Type Ordinance
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) Oregon
Source City Of Portland
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety
Clean Energy Works Portland (CEWP) is an innovative effort to deliver affordable home energy upgrades by testing new ways of delivering energy efficiency to homeowners in Portland. The project is intended to save energy, reduce carbon emissions, improve home comfort and home values,...

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...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2008
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Indiana
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
Facilitating access to available energy efficiency technology as a strategy for reducing energy costs....

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 2009
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development
Outlines a two‐track process for creating a Chicago Area Building Energy Efficiency System. The first track would identifies funding, including ARRA funds to quickly ramp up existing programs to launch significant weatherization initiatives in appropriate locations around the seven‐county...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Sustainable Endowments Institute
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
Numerous platforms and tools exist to help organizations across all sectors track, manage, and share the results of their sustainability practices and operational policies to reduce energy use. However, there is little information examining what users prioritize and what platforms...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Institute For Market Transformation
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
We have entered a new era of constrained spending, high unemployment and complex political turmoil, yet the question on everyone's mind is simple: How do we create jobs? Surprisingly, the answer is right in front of us. New laws in New York City, San Francisco and other large cities...

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