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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 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 2006
Level City or Town
State(s) Colorado
Source City Council of the City of Boulder
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
This ordinance imposes the Climate Action Plan Tax as an excise tax upon persons consuming electricity as residential, commercial, or industrial customers. The tax shall be imposed upon the basis of each customer’s consumption of electricity measured in Kilowatt/Hours. The purpose...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Transit-Oriented Development
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Community Development
Report examining the greenhouse gas reduction potential of transit oriented development (TOD). This report calculates potential reductions in carbon emissions associated with household vehicle travel and offers growth strategies for planners attending to urban form and access to transit...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level National, State
State(s) All States
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
This report outlines legal techniques that have been developed to increase the use of renewable energy. States can adopt renewable portfolio standards; impose a price on burning fossil fuels; provide tax incentives for renewables; require electric utilities to purchase renewable energy;...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2008
Level County
State(s) Washington
Source King County Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This ordinance continues King County’s requirement to use green building and sustainable development practices in all capital projects that the county plans or grants funds for. Green building and sustainable development practices are those that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce...

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 Ordinance
Year 2018
Level State
State(s) Hawaii
Source Hawaii State Legislature
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Hawaii became the first state to pass a law committing to the goals and limits of the Paris Climate Accord. The state’s governor, David Y. Ige, signed a bill explicitly geared toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the landmark goals adopted by world leaders with...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York, Washington
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
Numerous federal and state judicial decisions have established that environmental impact statements under the National Environmental Policy Act and its state equivalents should examine the impact of proposed projects on emissions of greenhouse gases. Administrative agencies and court...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source SPARCC
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Transportation & Mobility
The built environment, climate change, and public health are closely connected; human-generated greenhouse gases derive from aspects of the built environment such as transportation systems and infrastructure, building construction and operation, and land-use planning. Transportation...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
Litigation aiming to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases is coming to be dominated by battles over coal-fired power plants. Ten of the last 20 judicial or administrative decisions or case filings in matters aiming to reduce emissions of Greenhouse Gasses (GHGs) have concerned such...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
While climate change legislation was mired in Congress, several units in the Obama administration had used their existing statutory authority to adopt rules or guidance requiring extensive disclosure about greenhouse gases in a wide variety of contexts. Every registered public company,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Urban Habitat
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Transportation & Mobility
An increasing body of evidence shows that private Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft are either shifting transit riders into cars or inducing new car trips which ultimately increases greenhouse gas emissions in the Bay Area. To combat this, the Bay Area...

Type Ordinance
Year 2004
Level County
State(s) Alaska
Source Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This ordinance establishes an areawide conditional use permit for coal bed methane exploration and development. An entity that wants to install and operate coal bed methane facilities must have its permit application approved. This ordinance outlines the permit application process...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Environmental Law Institute
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
In this piece, Michael B. Gerrard comments on an article by Thomas D. Peterson, Robert B. McKinstry Jr., and John C. Dernbach which held two central insights: (1) Any serious national effort to control emissions of greenhouse gases must continue to leave important roles to the states;...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Deutsche Bank Group
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
This report examines the U.S. Supreme Court's 2011 decision in "American Electric Power v. Connecticut," which dealt with common law claims against power plants for greenhouse gas emissions. The court ruled that these disputes are not appropriate for judicial intervention due to the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Transit-Oriented Development
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Transportation & Mobility
This report uses the Housing and Transportation Affordability Model to examine the differences in transportation demand and GHG emissions between households in transit zones and other households and finds that by living in a central city near transit, household can reduce emissions...

Type Ordinance
Year 2008
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source San Francisco Board Of Supervisors
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement, Energy
This ordinance establishes greenhouse gas emissions targets and authorizes the Department of the Environment to coordinate efforts to meet these targets. It also outlines action plans for various City departments, including the San Francisco Planning Department, the San Francisco...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source State Smart Transportation Initiative
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Transportation & Mobility
Many cities include minimum parking requirements in their zoning codes and provide ample parking for public use. However, parking is costly to provide and encourages increased automobile use, which is linked to traffic congestion, environmental degradation, and negative health and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) North Carolina
Source City of Raleigh
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This report outlines total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from all activities within city limits and includes a separate inventory of all emissions generated by local government operations to help develop effective GHG reduction strategies. It analyzes emissions from vehicles, municipal...

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