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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 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 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 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
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 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source New York City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This local law would establish an Office of Climate Resiliency, headed by a Director of Climate Resiliency. The Director would be responsible for developing policies and programs relating to climate resiliency measures in the City, educating the public about such climate resiliency...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Health
Environmental racism and the subsequent chronic exposure to air pollution has been identified as one of the biggest contributing factors to higher rates of severe illness and death from COVID-19 within Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities. Fossil fuel plants are among the top...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) Arizona
Source Northern Arizona Council of Governments
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement, Transportation & Mobility
This report outlines the Northern Arizona Council of Governments' role in economic and workforce development which includes fiscal operations and contract management, collaborating with public and private sectors to address workforce issues and coordinating regional transit policies....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Government Finance Officers Association
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
COVID-19 has forced employees and also forced organizations to rethink business processes that require access to the office or involve large amounts of paper. Governments have an opportunity to eliminate or rethink paper-based business processes to operate effectively under current...

Type Ordinance
Year 1997
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Wayne City Council
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces
The ordinance prevents any corporation from doing business in the township if it has three environmental regulation violations over the past fifteen years. Corporations applying for permits or permission from the township are required to furnish compliance histories if the township...

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 2023
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Resources for the Future
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces
The urban heat island effect describes an increase in temperatures caused by heat absorbing surfaces in urban areas and heat-generating human activity. This guide explains how these heat islands are formed and outlines the impacts of extreme heat on public health, the economy, and...

Type Article
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Dane County
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This press release highlights how the development of the Yahara Solar Project helped Dane County achieve its goal of transitioning all municipal buildings to 100% renewable energy. It outlines the county's collaboration with Alliant Energy to establish the project, which will earn...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Education
This infographic highlights the significant challenges faced by children affected by the Flint water crisis and/or enrolled in Detroit Public Schools. It examines the detrimental impact of toxic stress, economic insecurity, and social determinants of health on these children's well-being....

Type Resolution
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source City of Los Angeles
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Democracy & Governance
This resolution outlines the development and implementation strategy for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's energy efficiency portfolio. The programs in the portfolio aim to promote energy efficiency by targeting large consumers, assisting hard to reach customers, advocating...

Type Ordinance
Year 2000
Level County
State(s) Florida
Source Alachua Board Of County Commissioners
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces
This ordinance establishes a land conservation program for the county and grants the county the ability to acquire and own land for the purposes of conservation, which would not normally occur in private market interactions. This ordinance grants the county the ability to acquire...

Type Ordinance
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Township Of West Deer
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
An ordinance which is intended to create systems to mitigate the adverse impacts related to the conveyance of excessive rates and volumes of storm water runoff. The ordinance strives to minimize the volume of runoff that must be collected, treated and released by storm water management...

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 Article
Year -
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) Washington
Source Municipal Services and Research Center of Washington
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Democracy & Governance
This article outlines data categories and explains a new statewide requirement for local governments to develop data sharing agreements. It recommends that local governments work with their legal counsel to develop these agreements and features links to other potentially relevant...

Type Ordinance
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source San Francisco County Board of Supervisors
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Food, Health, Public Safety, Public Spaces
The production and management of single-use food and beverage ware have significant environmental impacts, including but not limited to contamination; consumption of energy, water, and nonrenewable fossil fuels; and emissions of greenhouse gasses. In order to address this, this ordinance...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2006
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Trust for Public Land
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces
City parks and open space improve our physical and psychological health, strengthen our communities, and make our cities attractive places to live and work. This report examines studies on the economic, environmental, health, and social benefits of city parks and finds that many cities...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Borough of West Homestead
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources
This ordinance establishes a bill of rights which protects the rights of communities and citizens' rights to clean and accessible water sources, a sustainable energy future, and self-government. It also bans commercial natural gas extraction and restricts the legal authority of corporations...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2007
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Source City of Seattle
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
The Seattle Bicycle Master Plan defines a set of actions, to be completed within 10 years, to make Seattle the best community for bicycling in the United States. By increasing support for bicycling, the city will make its transportation system more environmentally, economically, and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Tellus Institute
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
As states and corporations continue to harm the planet, legal experts and citizens are calling for the codification of ecocide as a fifth crime against peace, joining genocide, crimes of agression, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Initiatives to criminalize ecocide express...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source The Trust for Public Land
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement, Public Spaces
Philadelphia's park system has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in value, primarily through increased property tax revenues from properties in proximity to public parks and increased sales tax revenues from tourism. This study examines the economic benefits associated with...

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