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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level National
State(s) All States
Source National Science and Technology Council
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Housing, Public Safety, Health, Finance & Procurement, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Education
The Social and Behavioral Sciences Team 2016 Annual Report highlights SBST's progress implementing the President's directive over the past year in eight key policy areas: promoting retirement security, advancing economic opportunity, improving college access and affordability, responding...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Colorado
Source Eco-Cycle Solutions Hub
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
In 2006, Boulder’s City Council passed a Zero Waste ordinance and committed to a waste diversion rate of 85% by 2025. Upon adopting curbside recycling and composting programs, in 2014, the city of Boulder saw a significant increase in the amount of waste diverted from landfills. Despite...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
This report evaluates in detail the renewable energy laws of Nevada and Michigan, discusses the progress made, missed opportunities, and bad implementation. It also discusses the threats that climate change and de-industrialization as an economic development pose against energy security...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
Companies, governments, and institutions of all kinds purchase goods and services for their own use. But what they buy - and how they buy it - has a significant impact on local communities, the environment, and the economy - and in some unexpected ways, on the success of the business...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee
Source National League Of Cities
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
Sustainability is a fundamental component of building a strong community, not only in terms of the physical environment, but also for economic prosperity. In addition to a healthier environment for citizens, the benefits of greener economic development include cost savings through...

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 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Energy
Clean energy policies can create jobs, support local business in green markets, and ensure residents have access to jobs created. This brief guides local governments on how to make the most out of green investments. After reviewing the City of Oberlin's energy use and emissions, several...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level County
State(s) All States
Source The Behavioural Insights Team
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Housing, Public Safety, Health, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Education
If you want to encourage a behaviour, make it Easy, Attractive, Social and Timely (EAST). These four simple principles for applying behavioural insights are based on the Behavioural Insights Team's own work and the wider academic literature. There is a large body of evidence on what...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source Site Selection Magazine
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
Job growth drives San Antonio's push for renewable energy and cleaner air is a beneficial byproduct. Since two recent mayors have embraced this approach, the country's seventh-largest city has developed a unique business ecosphere. Political leaders hope early gains will make San...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Community Development, Data & Technology
This report examines the meanings and practices associated with the term 'smart cities.' Smart city initiatives involve three components: information and communication technologies (ICTs) that generate and aggregate data; analytical tools which convert that data into usable information;...

Type Roadmap
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Inclusive Economics
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Implementing climate policy has the potential to promote high-road workforce development (HRWD) that increase economic opportunity for low-income communities. At the same time, HRWD can facilitate the successful implementation of climate plans and broaden community support for climate...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Arizona
Source City of Phoenix
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement
In accordance with the 2007 City Council Resolution #20519, this policy requires the City of Phoenix to purchase products and services that have a reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared to competing products or services that serve the same purpose, while...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Santa Clara Valley Water District
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
This memo outlines policies adopted by the Santa Clara Valley Water District following the Board's Annual Governance Policy Work Study Sessions. The policies include a revision to Governance Process Policy GP-1 and a climate divestment policy which requires carbon tracking....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2019
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source People's Action
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
A 100% Just Energy Economy must go beyond simply replacing fossil fuels; in order to be 100% Just, it must include other key elements, such as renewable fuels, an end to sacrifice zones, and good green jobs targeted to the communities that have survived decades of divestment. This...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level County
State(s) All States
Source The Behavioural Insights Team
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Health, Housing, Public Safety, Education, Democracy & Governance
By 2050, two out of every three people on the planet will live in a city. Urbanization and new ideas go hand in hand; by their very nature, cities have long served to create pockets of innovation, changing and improving the way we live our lives in the process. Historically this process...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for an Urban Future
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Democracy & Governance, Children & Families, Health, Housing, Public Safety, Education, Transportation & Mobility
In recent years, cities have become the drivers of government innovation. As urban growth has exploded over the past half century - increasing from a third to nearly 60 percent of world population today - local officials have been forced to solve problems and generate new ideas, policies,...

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 Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2007
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Energy, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Housing
This report examines the impact of weatherization programs on climate change mitigation and the development of a green economy, and creation of green infrastructure. The report provides insights into the economic development, utilities costs, and workforce force implications of weatherization...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source City Accelerator
Policy Areas Energy, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Health, Housing, Public Safety, Education, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Transportation & Mobility
Government is often thought of as a place where good ideas go to die. We who work in local government know this is not true. We also know, however, that cities' current set of approaches and solutions won't be enough to address our most pressing challenges. We need more and fundamentally...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Roosevelt Institute
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
This brief explores how investor-owned utilities prioritize the maximization of shareholder value over sustainability and community wellbeing. It finds that investor-owned electricity corporations distribute a significant proportion of their earnings to shareholders, rather than reinvesting...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) New Jersey
Source Apollo Alliance
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
In 2007, Apollo Alliance launched a project to "make Newark a national showcase for clean and efficient energy use, green economic development and job creation, and equitable environmental opportunity." The project focused on convening a summit of Newark's community leaders to develop...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Bloomberg Philanthropies
Policy Areas Data & Technology
Unlocking the potential of data and evidence to inform decision making is key to ensuring cities thrive in the 21st century. This brief quantifies cities' current practices around the use of data. The analysis is focused on information from the 39 cities visited by What Works Cities...

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