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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Trust for Public Land
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Public Spaces
This report outlines best practices for effective park development and recommends that cities take inventory of their land assets, prioritize park safety and equity, and regularly engage with the public. It also highlights case studies that have implemented successful park development...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Energy, Democracy & Governance
This report emphasizes the importance of providing better energy information to renters, buyers, owners, and operators of buildings. By arming them with this information, they can make more informed choices, differentiate between properties, and determine whether energy upgrades are...

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 2018
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States, Pennsylvania, Texas
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Education, Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Public Spaces
Parks enhance communities by promoting physical, mental, and social health. This guide outlines the 'complete parks approach', which helps local governments promote parks improvements by engaging communities who have historically been overlooked during parks planning discussions,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Arizona
Source Kaboom.org
Policy Areas Children & Families, Community Development, Economic Justice, Health, Public Spaces
To address its deficiency in parks and public green spaces, the city of Tucson established joint use agreements with the unified school district which expanded community access to 12 elementary school yards. This brief outlines the costs and legal processes associated with the agreements...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Maryland
Source United States Department of Agriculture
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources
This guide outlines best practices for converting vacant land into publicly accessible green spaces and parks. It specifically highlights eight "green patterns" or strategies for holding and converting vacant land including establishing temporary green spaces in plots reserved for...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Energy, Economic Justice
The report highlights the need for Ohio to adopt a more sustainable energy strategy for its industrial sector, focusing on the greater use of combined heat and power (CHP) technology. It emphasizes that CHP is a more efficient and reliable way to meet manufacturers' heat and power...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2008
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Indiana
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
This report discusses the challenges of managing water resources in Fort Wayne, focusing on combined sewers, pollution reduction, and wet basements. It recommends implementing rain gardens as a green infrastructure solution, inspired by successful initiatives in Rock Island, IL. Additionally,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Sustainable Endowments Institute
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
Numerous platforms and tools exist to help organizations across all sectors track, manage, and share the results of their sustainability practices and operational policies to reduce energy use. However, there is little information examining what users prioritize and what platforms...

Type Ordinance
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) Florida
Source Gainesville City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Housing
This ordinance amends the Gainesville Code of Ordinances to add provisions for the purchase of solar generated energy through a standard offer contract for all classes and limits net metering distributed resource rates for general service and large power classes. This amendment adds...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Transportation & Mobility, Finance & Procurement
The Port of Los Angeles' Clean Truck Program led to a reduction in diesel emissions. This report compiles data from port drivers, mechanics, air regulators and freight carriers on the financial cost and responsibility required to properly maintain a successful Clean Truck Program....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States, Pennsylvania
Source We Conserve PA
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces
This guide examines economic impact studies of public parks, and finds parks provide many economic benefits to their surrounding communities, including increased property values, increased tax revenues, decreased medical costs due to recreational opportunities, and decreased stormwater...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Roosevelt Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
The transition to a green economy requires implementing workforce development policies that prioritizes workers' interests over those of fossil fuel companies. This report discusses how workforce development policies can mediate labor disruptions, increase worker power and reduce...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Mississippi
Source Kaboom.org
Policy Areas Children & Families, Community Development, Economic Justice, Health, Public Spaces
Due to increasing statewide obesity rates, localities across Mississippi are exploring ways to expand access to parks and recreational facilities. The city of Hernando established joint use agreements with public schools to allow greater community access to recreational facilities...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Institute For Sustainable Communities
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy, Democracy & Governance
The growing impact of climate change on local communities necessitates policies that promote climate change adaptation in addition to climate change mitigation. This report examines climate change adaptation efforts at different levels of government and identifies key challenges they...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States, Washington
Source Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Food, Health, Public Spaces
Green roofs and community gardens can bolster the locally grown food supply while sustainably utilizing public land in urban environments. This brief outlines how local governments can implement zoning and code reforms that facilitate urban farming and green space development. It...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Kansas
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Education
This report focuses on an association of city and county governments and metropolitan planning organizations which collaborate to identify new training needs of Kansas City area businesses attempting to adapt to sustainable energy and energy efficiency opportunities. Key findings...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources
Across the US, jobs that are directly involved in making and supplying more sustainable “clean technology” goods and services generally offer better pay. This roadmap includes policies that, when implemented, can continue to accelerate job creation and innovation based on sustainable...

Type Ordinance
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source City of Madison
Policy Areas Community Development, Environment & Natural Resources, Transportation & Mobility
This ordinance creates the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program, designed to decrease demand for single occupancy motor vehicle travel and increase demand for other modes of transportation like biking and busing. It requires proposed buildings that are seeking a zoning certificate...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level County
State(s) All States
Source UC Berkeley, School of Public Health
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Food, Economic Justice, Public Spaces
This policy brief discusses how access to parkland and recreational programs significantly reduces the risk of obesity in children and adolescents. It recommends that cities promote recreational programs in areas with fewer parks, convert vacant spaces into parkland, invest in traffic-calming...

Type Model Law
Year 2012
Level County
State(s) All States, Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Democracy & Governance, Energy
This resolution establishes a partnership between Emerald Cities and Cuyahoga Counties to develop a clean energy economy. It includes retrofitting all public buildings and creating employment opportunities in energy and conservation. The partnership will also encourage municipalities...

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...

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