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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
This guide provides a framework to increase safe and equitable access to parks and green spaces. It focuses on access to parks via active transportation as well as ensuring a high-quality, safe experience within the park itself. The guide includes recommendations to help local decisionmakers...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Trust for Public Land
Policy Areas Community Development, Health, Public Spaces
Parks and natural spaces promote mental, physical, and environmental wellbeing, and many parks departments are leveraging parks and recreational resources to improve health outcomes. This report outlines the benefits of preserving access to parks and green spaces and provides policy...

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 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 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 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Policy Areas Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
Transportation plays a critical role in the health and economic development of a metropolitan area. When people have the ability to walk, bike, or take transit safely to a destination, the whole region benefits from healthier people, better air quality, and reduced traffic fatalities....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Tellus Institute
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice
This report evaluates the positive impacts of implementing a bold national recycling and composting strategy across federal, state, and local governments. Its recommendations of energy, resource, and waste management would allow for significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions,...

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 2021
Level City or Town, National
State(s) All States
Source National League Of Cities
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Local governments provide over 95% of the total funding for U.S. water infrastructure. To meet the nation’s growing water infrastructure needs, address the impacts of climate change on water quality and availability, and to ensure equity and affordability for low- and fixed-income...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2007
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Transportation & Mobility
This brief presents the benefits of a Clean Trucks Program (CTP) for the San Pedro Bay port area. High-volume port trucking in this region creates costly externalities, and drivers often receive substandard pay and benefits. The brief argues that CTP would return nearly $4.2 billion...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Drexel University
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Housing
Progressive cities should embrace redistributive policies and community organizing to increase equality in employment, affordable housing, and public transportation, and mitigate adverse environmental impacts. This report examines systemic inequities and provides progressive solutions...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Transportation & Mobility, Democracy & Governance
New Perspectives on Climate Finance for Cities has been prepared by C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Siemens and Citi. The focus is specifically on routes to financing climate change projects and programs. A multitude of guides already exist exploring more conventional routes...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town, County, City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Energy
This policy brief provides an overview of "The Oberlin Project," a partnership between the City of Oberlin and Oberlin College exemplifying energy, waste, transit, industrial, and workforce development policies designed for sustainable economic growth. Among a variety of interventions...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
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, Economic Justice
This toolkit recommends local governments improve the efficiency of their water facilities by requiring energy audits, updating regulations on equipment management, and providing financial incentives for energy-efficient projects. It also includes links to relevant resources and features...

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...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This report outlines the environmental and economic benefits associated with different types of green infrastructure, including urban forests, permeable pavement, water harvesting technology, green roofs, and infiltration practices like rain gardens, bioswales, and constructed wetlands....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source The Trust for Public Land
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces
Parks and green spaces reduce air temperatures and absorb floodwater, making them vital resources in mitigating the effects of climate change. This report outlines how cities are supporting park services and promoting natural spaces to lower urban temperatures, manage stormwater,...

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
Governments are typically “insurers of last resort.” When disaster strikes, vulnerable communities turn to government agencies for support and recovery assistance. More recently, as the frequency and severity of different types of disasters have grown, the gap between insured losses...

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 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Futureworks
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This report examines economic development funding tactics and innovations in sustainability strategies among 11 major U.S. cities. It highlights the relationship between environmental sustainability and regional economic development, identifies new sustainability tools, and highlights...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, County
State(s) North Carolina
Source Elizabeth City/Pasquotank County Parks and Recreation Department
Policy Areas Community Development, Democracy & Governance, Public Spaces
Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County consolidated their parks departments which reduced costs but maintained quality facilities and services. This report provides an overview of how major changes that followed the merger helped improve community access to sports complexes, and recommends...

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. . A GRF is an internal fund that provides financing to parties within an organization...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Minnesota
Source City of Minneapolis
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Economic Justice, Public Spaces
Minneapolis' 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan provides funding for the restoration, repair, and replacement of deteriorating park assets, and directs capital investments toward historically underserved communities. This report provides an overview of rehabilitation projects and outlines...

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