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Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year -
Level -
State(s) All States
Source Sustainable Justice EU
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
This database contains a compilation of guides to green energy transitions and climate mitigation and adaptation policies from cities around the world making transitions to green energy and implementing climate mitigative and adaptive policies. Policies included come from Rotterdam,...

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 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 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center on Wisconsin Strategy, Green for All
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This policy brief explains how local governments can design and implement retrofitting and/or renovation programs that make homes more energy efficient. It also presents strategies for capturing financial savings from retrofits, creating high-quality green jobs, and ensuring that...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source New York City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This local law would establish an Office of Climate Resiliency, headed by a Director of Climate Resiliency. The Director would be responsible for developing policies and programs relating to climate resiliency measures in the City, educating the public about such climate resiliency...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
The relationship between water and energy is a close one. Water requires a tremendous amount of energy to move from a reservoir or well, through the treatment process, and out into a distribution system. In addition, energy is required to process wastewater and recycle or discharge...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) North Carolina
Source City of Raleigh
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This report outlines total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from all activities within city limits and includes a separate inventory of all emissions generated by local government operations to help develop effective GHG reduction strategies. It analyzes emissions from vehicles, municipal...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Environment & Natural Resources
This brief provides an overview of the Sheboygan Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), a nationwide leader in energy efficiency in the water and wastewater treatment sector. Sheboygan WWTP has implemented numerous energy-saving measures, mostly by replacing aging equipment with energy-efficient...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source The Democracy Collaborative
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
Those most vulnerable to the effects of climate change are those without living wages or access to political power. As a result, it is necessary for climate resiliency strategies to adopt a framework of community wealth building. Cities have recently integrated more green infrastructure...

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 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. It examines the steps necessary to calculate a variety of performance benefits gained by implementing GI strategies and, where possible, demonstrates...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Georgia, Ohio
Source American Rivers
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
When rainwater hits hard surfaces like roads and parking lots, it runs along the surface till it flows into a storm drain, river, or stream. Known as stormwater runoff, this water picks up pollutants such as heavy metals, brake linings, and deicing salts which contaminate local waters....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Meeting Of The Minds
Policy Areas Energy
In the face of climate change crisis, it is urgent for policymakers at state, local, and city level to make transition to clean and renewable energy. However, the construction of renewable projects is usually capital-intensive and requires bank’s upfront investment. Green banks help...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
This report outlines how the green infrastructure portfolio standard (GIPS) can be applied to stormwater retention to determine where retrofits should be installed, how to offset large capital investment costs, and how to protect community water resources. It also includes case studies...

Type Roadmap
Year 2012
Level County
State(s) Washington
Source King County Solid Waste Division
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This report provides guide to creating green municipal building codes and practices that improve energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction, and environmental and economic performance more broadly. The roadmap guides cities through foundational steps such as conducting...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source The City of New York
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This ordinance amends the existing New York administrative code to permit the use of innovative approaches and techniques for energy conservation. It additionally presents new standards for alternative materials and construction methods, construction documents, and inspection procedures....

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) -
Source Council Of The District Of Columbia
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
This act establishes the authority to contract with the Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) to administer sustainable energy programs in the district of Columbia. It also sets up an advisory board for the SEU and defines their responsibilities. The act includes provisions for a renewable...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
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 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 Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Council of the City of Los Angeles
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
This ordinance establishes the Green Retrofit and Workforce Program. The program is committed to retrofitting all city-owned properties over 7,600 square feet or constructed prior to 1978 with the goal of meeting the LEED®-EB silver or higher standards....

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Louisiana
Source City of New Orleans
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Energy
This ordinance prioritizes environmental sustainability in procurement spending and creates an environmental purchasing committee. It establishes an assessment system for environmentally preferable purchases and explains the city's plans for promoting the policy will be promoted to...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source SPARCC
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Transportation & Mobility
The built environment, climate change, and public health are closely connected; human-generated greenhouse gases derive from aspects of the built environment such as transportation systems and infrastructure, building construction and operation, and land-use planning. Transportation...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources
This brief provides sustainable workforce development strategies which include driving investment in green energy infrastructure, promoting best value contracting, and creating job training and apprenticeship programs in sustainable industries. It also highlights examples of policies...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Re:Focus Partners
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
Often the most cost-effective solutions to disaster risk are the ones available to communities prior to a disaster to protect against a loss occurring in the first place. Yet cities around the world are struggling to fund even basic infrastructure projects, let alone more complex...

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