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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source American Rivers
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Polluted stormwater runoff is one of the largest growing sources of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. To mitigate this problem, green infrastructure practices can be used to manage urban runoff by capturing and infiltrating rainwater where it falls. One of the major challenges to the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town, County, Other Boards and Agencies, City or Town, School District
State(s) All States
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
The Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative, of which Policy Matters Ohio is a member, has released case studies examining the impacts of shale oil and gas drilling on four active drilling communities — Carroll County, Ohio; Greene and Tioga counties, Pennsylvania; and Wetzel County,...

Type Ordinance
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Oregon
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Transportation & Mobility
The products and services the City of Portland purchases have inherent social, human health, environmental, and economic impacts. As such, the City is committed to understanding and taking appropriate responsibility for the impacts of its purchasing by establishing a Sustainable Procurement...

Type -
Year 2011
Level City or Town, City or Town, Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States, Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Energy
Ohio communities need a better approach, one that fosters economic growth while also protecting the environment and supporting local businesses and workers. This is why the City of Oberlin, in partnership with Oberlin College and the city’s municipal utility have launched “The Oberlin...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source The Building Codes Assistance Project
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
OCEAN is an online resources of the Building Codes Assistance Project. Here they provide a case study of the work happening in San Antonio. On March 12, 2009, the San Antonio City Council voted to approve and adopt a new Sustainable Buildings Ordinance that increases the energy efficiency...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
As the scale, speed, and implications of climate change come into focus, stakeholders in the electricity sector are finding it increasingly difficult to turn a blind eye. However, many have opted to attend to climate impacts in a piecemeal fashion, merely responding to particular...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Energy
Clean contracts will support renewable energy developers and the growth of power from clean energy resources. The feed-in rates combined with clean contracts have features of transparency, longevity, and certainty. By adapting feed-in tariffs, It can add consumer protections, local...

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) -
Source American Sustainable Business Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
Green building is steadily becoming one of the fastest growing sectors within the American economy. The business case for high performance buildings is being made by both Fortune 100 companies and small businesses, along with local, state and federal governments....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Energy, Finance & Procurement, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
Green infrastructure (GI) is a network of decentralized stormwater management practices, such as green roofs, trees, rain gardens and permeable pavement that can capture and infiltrate rain where it falls, thus reducing stormwater runoff and improving the health of surrounding waterways....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Philadelphia Water
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
Powerpoint outlining the city of Philadelphia's approach to adapting to modern water policies and actions to encourage innovation and sustainable growth....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) California
Source The Greenlining Institute
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
To evaluate initial success of California's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund program in assisting underserved communities tackle climate change,, The Greenlining Institute examined 10 projects: nine already funded and one that is eligible for funding. These case studies provide an early...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
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 practical cross-border insight into environment and climate change law oriented towards the international business community. It discusses a range of topics including, but not limited to, contaminated land, waste, liabilities, asbestos, and emissions trading....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia
Source Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
Reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is vital to mitigate climate change. To date reduction efforts have primarily focused on minimizing the production of carbon dioxide during electricity generation, transport, and other activities. Going forward, to the extent...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) New York
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
The courts decided 46 cases under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) in 2018. However, the most important action under SEQRA was in the Legislature, followed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. This column analyzes these developments, specifically...

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
On June 20, 2011 the U.S. Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in "American Electric Power v. Connecticut." This is the second climate change case to be decided by that court and the first to concern common law claims, where the plaintiffs claimed that the greenhouse...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) California
Source Journal of Science Policy & Governance
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Housing, Public Safety
Over the last fifty years, California has been facing an affordable housing crisis. In an attempted solution, government subsidies have driven housing development into untouched wildlands across the state. However, these developments are increasingly subject to destruction by wildfire...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Meeting Of The Minds
Policy Areas Energy, Transportation & Mobility, Finance & Procurement
Although the traditional linear economy brought much prosperity, it has functioned by taking primary resources, turning them into products, and disposing of the waste. In the face of the global climate change crisis, cities need to transit to circular economy. In a city with a circular...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Green City Bonds Coalition
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Transportation & Mobility, Democracy & Governance
Municipal bonds are one financing tool well suited to close the U.S. infrastructure investment gap. The U.S. municipal bond market has funded large-scale, long-term capital-intensive projects in states and cities, as well as their operational expenses, since the beginning of the 1900s....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level -
State(s) California
Source The Greenlining Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources
Climate change grant programs can provide multiple benefits, including improved air quality, lower electricity costs, improved health outcomes, and green job opportunities. However, these benefits often fail to reach low-income communities of color—even though these communities tend...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source SPARCC
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Health, Transportation & Mobility, Children & Families
This document looks through polling data ranging from the perception of the poor to public funds used for economic opportunity to the promotion of equity. The data collected and reported on in this document highlight the overwhelming support in public opinion for financing equity-driven...

Type Model Law
Year 2012
Level County
State(s) All States, Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources
Resolution No. R2012-0041: A Resolution supporting and collaborating with Emerald Cities Cleveland/Cuyahoga County to create a clean energy economy in Cuyahoga County by developing community workforce opportunities, enhancing environmentally sustainable practices and assisting Cuyahoga...

Type Ordinance
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source City Of Berkeley
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy
This document is an internal performance evaluation of the City of Berkeley's Zero Waste goal of eliminating materials sent to landfills by the year 2020. According to this evaluation, the amount of solid waste sent to landfills from the Berkeley community dropped by approximately...

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