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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source City Of For Worth
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
This presentation outlines key features and outcomes of the Fort Work Stormwater Management Program....

Type Ordinance
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Madison City Council
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Food
This ordinance amends the Downtown and Urban Districts section of the Madison zoning code. The ordinance establishes design standards; establishes building material standards and use; lists all permitted and conditional uses, including allowing community and market gardening, and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) Arizona
Source Journal of Science Policy & Governance
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This report reviews state legislation and interviews waste management coordinators to identify the key challenges and opportunities for improving recycling in Arizona municipalities. China’s 2018 ban on importing recyclables has disrupted recycling programs across the United States....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
The Solar Incentive Program (SIP) is the most established rooftop solar program in the City of Los Angeles. It originated at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in 2000 with a $150 million investment to incentivize the poliferation of rooftop solar in Los Angeles. With the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Smart Growth America
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility, Public Safety
This workbook is a starting point for local leaders to begin mapping out a complete streets policy to foster safe and accessible roads for all road users in a community, including drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and other motorists. The workbook emphasizes the need for local leaders...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) New York
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
The courts decided 37 cases under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) in 2010. This report analyzes these cases and finds that defendants were much more likely to win in cases where an environmental impact statement (EIS) had been prepared than when these was no EIS....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level County
State(s) California
Source U.C. Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
This report provides a quantitative assessment of the economic impact of four import climate change policies in California's Inland Empire counties: cap and trade, the renewables portfolio standards, distributed solar programs, and investor-owned utility. In general, they find that...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This report evaluates LA County's waste and recycling systems highlight how localities can keep costs down while maintaining quality and equitable service. The report finds exclusive franchise systems provide the county to the best deal....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2000
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source Arnold & Porter
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
As development pressures mount, local governments throughout the State of New York are searching for methods of retaining the open character of their communities. In most of these communities, the search for ways to preserve open lands includes an analysis of the extensive authority...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
This article explains this Supreme Court decision which ruled that federal common law nuisance claims could not proceed because the EPA possesses ultimate authority on the regulation of carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants. From this decision, the author describes various questions...

Type Ordinance
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source New York City Council
Policy Areas Public Spaces, Energy
This ordinance requires lighting systems to be upgraded and sub-meters to be installed in certain covered buildings based on square footage. It also requires that each tenant or subtenant within a covered tenant space that has a sub-meter to measure electrical consumption shall be...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Global Legal Group
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
This legal guide provides a synopsis of U.S. Environmental law in 2010 oriented towards the international business community. It discusses a number of topics including, but not limited to, environmental policy and enforcement, environmental permits, waste, liabilities, and contaminated...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Johns Hopkins University
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
Unknown to many specialists in the field, the United States built a repository in the late 1970s, filled it with plutonium waste, and walked away. It has no signs, guards, or fences and it is on an island threatened by the rising seas. The site is in the Republic of the Marshall Islands,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source The City Of Philadelphia
Policy Areas Energy, Finance & Procurement, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Transportation & Mobility
This report details the objectives, strategies, and implementation of Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Water program. This program focuses on enhancing the city's ability to handle stormwater, improving water quality, and encouraging the development of green infrastructure. The report...

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 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Colorado
Source Eco-Cycle Solutions Hub
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
In 2006, Boulder’s City Council passed a Zero Waste ordinance and committed to a waste diversion rate of 85% by 2025. Upon adopting curbside recycling and composting programs, in 2014, the city of Boulder saw a significant increase in the amount of waste diverted from landfills. Despite...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Journal of Science Policy & Governance
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
There is significant potential for gains in energy efficiency (EE) in the U.S. water sector that, if realized, would support the security of water supply for its various uses at a lower cost over the long run than business as usual. This paper specifically examines the potential benefits...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source In the Public Interest
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement
Government contractors are incentivized to cut corners to show that they are a “cheaper” alternative to non-contracted works, often resulting in deception and lack of transparency that harms workers, the public, and the environment, while leading to cost overruns. Public officials...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The New School
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health
While local zoning codes and land use policies historically have been tools for segregating people and concentrating pollution in low-income communities and communities of color, community-based advocacy can transform these same tools into means for addressing cumulative burdens borne...

Type Ordinance
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source Town of Wales
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Public Safety
This local law bans individuals and corporations from engaging in the extraction of natural gas or oil through the processes of hydraulic fracturing or horizontal gas well drilling within the Town of Wales. Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal gas well drilling endangers the health,...

Type Ordinance
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 2016
Level State
State(s) New York
Source Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
In September 2014, New York enacted the Community Risk and Resiliency Act (CRRA), which requires in part that the New York Department of State and the Department of Environmental Conservation create model local laws relating to climate adaptation for use by local governments. The...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source IBEW Local 18
Policy Areas Economic Justice
The factsheet outlines Los Angeles' Utility Pre-Craft Trainee Program (UPCT), which aimed to place low income and minority city residents in good union utility jobs through an innovative training program....

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 Ordinance
Year 2007
Level City or Town
State(s) Maryland
Source Gaithersburg City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Housing, Energy
This ordinance requires new residential building construction projects and building addition projects to meet energy performance standards related to cooling equipment, heating equipment, duct work, windows, water heaters, and lighting. It also requires homeowners to be given an...

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