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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 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 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 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 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 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 2006
Level City or Town, City or Town
State(s) All States, Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Energy
Cities and counties from across the nation are pioneering new clean energy solutions that could help end our nation’s oil addiction and create good jobs, according to the most recent report from the Apollo Alliance. Four Ohio municipalities: Bowling Green, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Re:Focus Partners
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Transportation & Mobility, Democracy & Governance
This paper offers a new approach for systematically linking catastrophe bonds and conventional project finance to support large-scale resilience projects. The following sections describe the RE.bound Program framework for catastrophe modeling, bond structuring, and bond sponsorship;...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2007
Level City or Town, County, Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This report examines the resources that several U.S. cities are devoting to “green infrastructure” and analyzes their early experiences with alternative stormwater management. This report defines and describes green infrastructure; discusses barriers to green infrastructure implementation...

Type Ordinance
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source City of Middleton
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This chapter establishes the minimum requirements for stormwater management in the City of Middleton. In particular, all persons who engage in land development activities shall establish on-site management practices to control the quality and quantity of stormwater discharged from...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source American Water Works Association
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health
Stagnation within building water systems is the condition in building plumbing when water is not being used and water remains still within the plumbing network. During stagnation, water quality issues may develop. The purpose of this document is to help building managers assess and...

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 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
Green stormwater infrastructure practices produce value beyond stormwater management. Investing in Green Stormwater Infrastructure produces value for communities in the form of specific health benefits, economic benefits, climate benefits, education benefits. Residents win when local...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Sustainable Endowments Institute
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
The goal of this introductory implementation guide is to provide practical guidance for designing, implementing, and managing a green revolving fund (GRF) at a college, university, or other institution. The GRF model is widespread in higher education, with at least 79 funds in operation...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Water Environment Federation
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
The goal of the Reuse Roadmap is to develop a high-level approach to help guide utilities and industry decision-makers in issues to address when considering water reuse Like the Energy and Nutrients roadmaps, the Water Reuse roadmap is brief and high level to be accessible to all...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town, County, City or Town
State(s) All States, Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Energy
Our economy, our communities, our workforce, and our environment are at a crossroads. Past practices and policies of the conventional energy economy produced an economy with vast amounts of waste and low road economic development that left our workers behind, our communities impoverished,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Oregon
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces
This study seeks to define procedures and tools through which Portland can implement tree asset management (TAM), and in doing so to integrate its trees—and potentially other grey-to-green infrastructure features—into an infrastructure asset management format that helps the city maximize...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Finance & Procurement, Data & Technology
Cities face a host of challenges in maintaining their water systems and supplying their communities with clean drinking water, and protecting environmental and human health through effective wastewater and stormwater management. This report is is a comprehensive guide outlining best...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Journal of Science Policy & Governance
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
There is significant potential for gains in energy efficiency (EE) in the U.S. water sector that, if realized, would support the security of water supply for its various uses at a lower cost over the long run than business as usual. This paper specifically examines the potential benefits...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) -
Source American Sustainable Business Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
The upper Mississippi river supports a vibrant economy. The nutrient pollution, agricultural practices, urban runoff, and wastewater discharge threaten the UMR. The government should protect the area by utilizing green infrastructure, implementing better agriculture practices, and...

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