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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 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 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 Ordinance
Year 2007
Level City or Town
State(s) Maryland
Source Gaithersburg City Council
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Housing, Public Safety, Energy
This ordinance requires that new residential building construction projects and building addition projects to meet specific energy performance standards. The ordinance creates energy performance standards for the areas of cooling equipment, heating equipment, duct work, windows, water...

Type Ordinance
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Colorado
Source City of Boulder
Policy Areas Community Development, Housing
The Green Building and Green Points Guideline Booklet include updates to Boulder's residential building guide that seek to keep up with the many developments within sustainable construction practices and continue an effort to make the building regulatory process work toward overall...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Urban Habitat
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Housing, Public Safety, Health, Transportation & Mobility
The physical landscapes of places and the sociocultural context in which people live and build communities have direct and indirect effects on mental wellness. This report looks at how factors related to the built environment, such as exclusionary land use practices, green spaces,...

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 2010
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Community Development
The guide aims to inform decision-makers and planners about the multiple benefits green infrastructure (GI) delivers to communities and to guide communities in valuing the benefits of potential green infrastructure investments. This guide distills key considerations involved in assessing...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) -
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
A guide to the Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard for municipalities interested in sustainability and struggling with existing infrastructure and stormwater management needs....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source PACENation
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Property managers often struggle to get technically sound energy efficiency and renewable energy projects approved for financial reasons. Sometimes the split incentive embedded in leases makes projects uneconomic for the building owner. Other times, property managers simply cannot...

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 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 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 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 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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Re:Focus Partners
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces
Cities and communities around the world are struggling to finance and replace aging, failing, or inadequate infrastructure systems. This report offers a new framework for bridging the gap between the growing consensus that it is necessary to build resilient infrastructure and the...

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 Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source PACENation
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Community leaders care most about an issue when their own constituents are involved. Having local property owners voice an interest in PACE is a great way to get the attention of a government board. Form partnerships with stakeholders in the community through chambers of commerce...

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 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 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) 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...

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